Kentucky: Phillip McGilton preview

McGilton Looking To Rebound In Kentucky "Brewco Motorsports Invades Home Track With New Engine Package" SPARTA, Kentucky (May 10, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Phillip McGilton enters Kentucky Speedway this ...

McGilton Looking To Rebound In Kentucky
"Brewco Motorsports Invades Home Track With New Engine Package"

SPARTA, Kentucky (May 10, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Phillip McGilton enters Kentucky Speedway this weekend hoping to rebound from a disappointing finish last Sunday at Winchester Speedway and put his Brewco Motorsports team back on the map.

McGilton and his Brewco team, who captured the ARS victory at Kentucky Speedway last July have been working hard preparing for the first of two races at Kentucky Speedway this season. The team tested at the 1.5-mile speed plant before the ARS event at Kansas Speedway last month.

And since that test, the team has picked up a new engine package with Roush-Yates motors giving that extra confidence the team's first victory may come in Saturday night's Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.

"We're looking forward to this weekend," said McGilton. "We have a new engine package and a great car for our first speedway night race of the season. The test went really well and I think the notes we gathered will help us this weekend."

He continued, "We need a good run. We haven't had a good finish in two races. We've had some unfortunate circumstances in both races take us out of contention. We had great cars at both Kansas and Winchester, just had some rotten luck. I think it would be a great way to unveil our new package with a win on Saturday night."

The uncharacteristic performances have slipped McGilton to seventh (tied with Justin Marks) in the ARS standings. With a good run this weekend, the team can gain some points and put them back in the championship hunt.

"The championship is going to be up for grabs all year long," stated McGilton. "I really think it's going to come down to consistency. We've been consistent, just not quite enough. We know we have what it takes to be champions, we just have to show it."

Speaking of consistency, McGilton has garnished crucial extra points thanks to his strong qualifying efforts. Two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, McGilton thundered to a third place starting position giving him five points over his fellow competitors. Last weekend, McGilton answered his Winchester Speedway debut with an outside pole, giving him 10 extra points.

Should the team tap their first ARCA SIM Factory pole award Saturday, McGilton will earn 15 extra credit points pulling him ahead of fellow competitor Justin Marks who locks the same point's position with the rookie.

"Our qualifying efforts have been strong all season long," McGilton added. "Shawn (Parker, crew chief) has been able to put a great qualifying setup underneath our Ford Fusion and we've been able to race well off of it. The last two weeks we've posted career-bests; it's in our cards to make it three-for-three."

Picking up the sponsorship for McGilton's entry this weekend is Midwest Equipment.

The Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 (100 laps/150 miles) is the seventh of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The event is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 12 with a two hour (10:30am-12:00pm Local Time) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated for later in the afternoon at 4:00pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag under the lights beginning at 8:00pm Local Time. The event will not be televised. However, race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com

-credit: brewco

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Marks , Phillip McGilton