Pocono: Phillip McGilton preview

McGilton Hopes New Track Means No Problem At Pocono "Brewco Driver Eager for Long Pond Debut" LONG POND, PA (June 6, 2007) - - Fresh off a career best fourth last Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Phillip McGilton steers...

McGilton Hopes New Track Means No Problem At Pocono
"Brewco Driver Eager for Long Pond Debut"

LONG POND, PA (June 6, 2007) - - Fresh off a career best fourth last Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Phillip McGilton steers towards Pocono Raceway with a strong team and some much needed confidence as the duo will tackle Pocono Raceway for Saturday's Pocono 200.

Never having the honor to tackle the unique 2.5-mile facility, McGilton welcomes the challenge as he'll use this race to learn the track and prepare for a rematch as the series will revisit the Long Pond, Pennsylvania based track just a little less than two months from now.

McGilton heads into the event with a wealth of knowledge surrounding him with crew chief Danny Gill calling the shots for the No. 47 SIPerformance Ford Fusion this weekend. McGilton would like nothing more than to back up his stunning performance last weekend with a thrilling victory in the 10th race of the 2007 season.

"We said we need to finish in the top-five last week, we did that, now it's time to win," said McGilton. "We've accomplished two goals last weekend. We led our first laps in ARCA competition and finished fourth, our first effort inside the top-five. We've been able to do that in a very short time. I'm surrounded by a great bunch of people at Brewco Motorsports; we just look to pick up where we left off Saturday."

He continued, "It was nice to work with Danny (Gill, crew chief) last weekend. I think we communicate well and he knows what I'm looking for in my racecar. To any driver, that's a plus. Hopefully we can build on our early success from Iowa this weekend."

Despite no experience at one of the most demanding tracks on the ARCA schedule, McGilton isn't fazed.

"You can't be scared or nervous about going into a new track," McGilton offered. "You have to stay focused, willing to learn and give 150 percent. Those are some of the notes I've lived by this season. There's going to be some tough competition with Paul (Menard), Johnny (Sauter) and Erin (Crocker), but we plan to be in the thick of things and I'm looking forward to another strong weekend for Brewco Motorsports."

Because of his first top-five finish in only his 15th ARS event, McGilton rose from seventh to fifth (tied with McDowell at 1,690 points a piece) in the championship standings. "We gained some points on some of our competitors last weekend, that's good. Hopefully we won't fall victim to anything unfortunate this weekend and continue to pick up the pace as the 2007 ARS season presses on."

Despite losing Rookie-of-the-Race to fellow competitor Michael McDowell last Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, McGilton continues to lead the ARS Rookie-of-the-Year standings over McDowell by six points heading into the 44th ARCA event held at Pocono Raceway. McGilton has led this department since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway when he finished a then career-best ninth.

"One race at a time," McGilton sounded. "We just have to take one race at a time, go out there, give all we can give and the points will fall into place."

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

-credit: PhillipMcGilton.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Phillip McGilton