Talladega: Billy Tanner preview

Billy Tanner; Stott Classic Racing Look For Strong Talladega Run TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 2, 2007) - - Billy Tanner is no stranger to restrictor plate racing and either is Stott Classic Racing, but the two are strangers on working together...

Billy Tanner; Stott Classic Racing Look For Strong Talladega Run

TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 2, 2007) - - Billy Tanner is no stranger to restrictor plate racing and either is Stott Classic Racing, but the two are strangers on working together at the same type of track. That however will come to an end as the group will return to action for the first time in nearly a month and plan to tackle Talladega Superspeedway in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250.

While the duo has seen great runs hampered by bad luck, the Stott Classic Racing (SCR) team heads to Talladega Superspeedway, the final speedway race of the 2007 season with their heads held high and hoping to walk away from the Alabama track with their first top-10 finish of the season.

"It's hard to believe it's been a month since we've been racing," said Billy Tanner, driver of the No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "We worked really hard on our program before we had the break and the performances were really starting to put this team in the spotlight. It's our goal to unload at Talladega this weekend and prove this team hasn't lost any momentum."

Much like most of his 2007 season, Tanner will compete at a track for the first time this week. However, the 25-year old rookie does have experience on a restrictor plate track. In the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Tanner made his superspeedway debut behind the wheel of a Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford. After starting 26th, Tanner kept himself out of trouble to collect a respectable 21st place finish.

"It's going to be a lot of fun going back to a restrictor plate race, but it's also going to be nerve racking at the same time," offered Tanner. "There is absolutely zero room for error at tracks like these. If you want to have a good finish, you have to stay out of trouble. We did that in Daytona and garnished a solid finish. I'm heading to Talladega though looking for more, a lot more."

And while Tanner has all the confidence in the world in his Stott Classic Racing team, he knows that anything can happen at Talladega.

"The big one. It's always in the back of my mind, but I try not to think about it. My car owner and crew chief Corrie Stott has been working overtime on our speedway car and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll be strong. Everyone's theory seems to be the same. If you're up front, you have a significant better chance of avoiding it."

Sailing into Talladega, Tanner, 25 is in the 11th 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.

"Overall, we can't complain about our runs this year. We've run very well this season just was shaken with a lot of bad racing luck. It happens in racing. My team has worked very strong this year and I want to thank them for it. Hopefully the hard work will continue to pay off with a stout run on Friday afternoon," sounded Tanner.

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

"This is probably our biggest challenge yet this season but we're up for it. We've worked really hard on this Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It's a former PPI Motorsports car and we all know they had a great restrictor plate program in the past. Billy has done a terrific job for us this season and I'm looking forward to seeing him continue to give 150 percent on Friday afternoon."

-credit: csr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Billy Tanner , Bob Schacht