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Stott Classic Racing & Billy Tanner Ready For Friday Night Fight At Gateway MADISON, Illinois (Wednesday, August 29, 2007) - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Billy Tanner Friday's night expected slugfest at Gateway International Raceway is an ...

Stott Classic Racing & Billy Tanner Ready For Friday Night Fight At Gateway

MADISON, Illinois (Wednesday, August 29, 2007) - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Billy Tanner Friday's night expected slugfest at Gateway International Raceway is an opportunity for him to once again put his No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo up front and in contention.

[IMAGE]For the second straight week, the team was running inside the top-15 and on the move with tragedy struck the Stott Classic Racing team before the finish. Last Sunday, Tanner was hovering in the 14th position setting up his competition for the final quarter of the event before the engine expired on his Chevrolet resulting in a disappointing finish.

With Milwaukee in the rear-view mirror, Tanner is feeling upbeat and confident about the recent performance and steers to an event under the lights as a sign of a break.

"The last full race we ran under the lights we had a good finish, hopefully Friday night's race will yield the same type of performance," said the 25-year old ARCA newbie.

Reflecting on last week, Tanner said, "There's not much you can say about last weekend other than everyone knew we were there and we did everything we could. We were strong and everything is really starting to gel. Now we just need to make it to the end and I have a feeling after paying out our dues, Friday night will offer this team an impressive run."

[IMAGE]Sailing into Gateway, Tanner, 25 is in the ninth 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 have four more races left on our 2007 schedule and I really want to make the best of them. We didn't have the opportunity to test at Gateway, but I am not worried. Corrie (Stott, crew chief and car owner) competed in this race last year and he knows how to set up a racecar. Much like all of our other races practice is important. Once we conquer that, we'll go from there."

Crew Chief and car owner Corrie Stott offered his two-cents on Gateway.

"Billy did a great job last weekend. He ran from the back to the front and did a wail of a job. It was unfortunate that the motor blew, but that's just one of the downfalls of racing. We'll pick ourselves up like we always do and get after it on Friday night."

Stott added, "It will be a little different from being in the racecar last year to calling the shots on Friday night. However, this team is dedicated to Billy Tanner. He is a rising star in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and we're doing everything we can to put him in contention for the win. I think he'll surprise a lot of people on Friday."

Stott Classic Racing will announce their plans for the Southern Illinois State Fairgrounds later this week.

The Gateway ARCA 150 (120 laps/150 miles) is the 18th of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The sixth ARCA race held at Gateway International Raceway is a one day show. Practice begins Friday, August 31 with a two hour practice session planned from 10:30am-12:30pm. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:30pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00pm Local Time. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com.

-credit: StottClassicRacing.com

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