Nashville: Phillip McGilton preview

McGilton; Brewco Motorsports Aim For Platinum Performance In Nashville LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 3, 2007) - - "It's nice to be back in familiar territory." Those words express ARCA RE/MAX Series leading Rookie-of-the-Year contender ...

McGilton; Brewco Motorsports Aim For Platinum Performance In Nashville

LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 3, 2007) - - "It's nice to be back in familiar territory." Those words express ARCA RE/MAX Series leading Rookie-of-the-Year contender Phillip McGilton feelings about Saturday's Nashville ARCA 150 from Nashville Superspeedway.

The first two races (Daytona and Lakeland) of the season presented new strategies, a lot of learning and patience for the Marion, Illinois native. Now, McGilton returns to "Music City" sitting third in driver points after two solid runs and hungry for a win.

McGilton, a Brewco Motorsports developmental driver is no stranger to the 1.333-mile track after making his NSS (Nashville Superspeedway) debut last August. After qualifying a then career best 15th, he bolted himself towards the front and appeared to be in contention for a strong finish, before engine failure put the No. 42 SI Performance Ford out of the event.

This weekend, McGilton will be partnered up with Brewco Motorsports, who scored a pole and finished in the top-three in both ARCA events there last season. After nailing the third fastest lap overall in the recent ARCA open test session, McGilton knows he has an opportunity to keep the pole streak and strong finishes alive.

"We have a great car for this weekend," said McGilton. "My guys at Brewco Motorsports have been working hard for this event and I really like Nashville. If we continue to use patience and let the race come to us, I think we'll be around for the end and have a chance at bringing home the coveted Gibson guitar trophy."

Chris Rice, a veteran NASCAR crew chief who's recent resume include Bill Davis Racing (BDR), Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) and Petty Enterprises (PE) will once again call the shots for the No. 47 SIPerformance Ford. Rice began his ARCA tenure with Brewco Motorsports at USA International Speedway last month.

"Chris is very easy to work with and that's important for me," continued McGilton, who will make his ninth career ARCA start on Saturday. "I'm still learning and I'll be doing that a lot this year, so to have a veteran like Chris calling the shots makes my job a lot easier."

He continued, "Communication is key in racing. Chris and I worked through the hiccups we had at Lakeland and bounced back with a top-13 finish, no room to complain in only my second short track event. We're sitting high in the points because the communication and equipment have been great, we look to continue our momentum on Saturday."

SI Performance return as the primary sponsor of the No. 47 Ford Fusion for the 13th ARCA RE/MAX event held at Nashville Superspeedway.

-credit: brewco

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Series ARCA
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Phillip McGilton
Teams Bill Davis Racing