Pocono: Billy Tanner preview

Short Tracks Gone; Tanner Welcomes Pocono "Stott Classic Racing Looks For Recovery From Iowa" LONG POND, PA (June 6, 2007) - - After a less than an enthusiastic day at Iowa Speedway last Saturday night, ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) rookie...

Short Tracks Gone; Tanner Welcomes Pocono
"Stott Classic Racing Looks For Recovery From Iowa"

LONG POND, PA (June 6, 2007) - - After a less than an enthusiastic day at Iowa Speedway last Saturday night, ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) rookie Billy Tanner hopes to pick up the pieces and soar ahead as the sanction will make their first of two presences at Pocono Raceway beginning with Saturday's Pocono 200.

After losing a primary car in practice and a banged up backup Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the Prairie Meadows 250 weekend at Iowa, Tanner hopes better luck this weekend at Pocono will ease the pain of his rookie team.

"We had two solid races together at Kentucky and Toledo, and then came Iowa," said Billy Tanner. "I really had high hopes for the event, but I had more of a headache when it was all said and done. I'm just glad the short tracks are gone for now and I'm looking forward to the challenges of Pocono Raceway."

Indeed, Pocono Raceway does provide a challenge for its newbie's but Tanner is stepping up to the plate and ready to conquer one of the most demanding tracks on the ARCA circuit.

"When you think about Pocono, you're like wow, what a place!" Tanner explained. "This weekend, those visions will become a reality and we'll try to score our first top-10 finish together on Saturday in our No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo."Another big reason why Tanner is feeling the pressure is Pocono will be considered his hometown race. The rookie is a native of Newtown, Pennsylvania and is well-known for his performance on the dirt tracks throughout the Keystone state.

"I want to run so good at Pocono," Tanner offered. "If we can run in the top-10 on Saturday, it will give not only my team some much needed confidence but provide some great exposure for myself with the local media. I'm trying to quickly but promisingly earn the respect of my fellow competitors. I know I have to remain focused this weekend, but boy what a feeling it would be to run well for the local fans."

Sailing into Pocono, Tanner is in the fourth of 12 races with SCR (Stott Classic Racing) and sponsor CheapCaribbean.com, as the group is using this season as track time to prepare for a full season run in 2008.

"We've had our share of ups and downs," Tanner explained. "They've been more up than down, but that's going to happen with any organization. Corrie (Stott, crew chief and owner) has given me exceptional equipment to drive. I've learned a lot in my very short stint in ARS competition. I'm looking forward to learning even more at Pocono this weekend that will help further satisfy my ARCA racing career."

Crew chief and car owner Corrie Stott has echoed his rookie's remarks heading into the 44th ARS event held at Pocono Raceway.

"Except last weekend, everything has gone according to our schedule. I've been extremely satisfied with the effort and dedication that Billy has put into our program. I think as a whole we all learned a lot from Iowa. We're looking forward to putting that race behind us and moving forward with great expectations for Saturday's thriller."

The Pocono 200 (80 laps/200 miles) is the 10th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.

-credit: StottClassicRacing.com

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