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Tanner Experiences Rough Day At Iowa

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Billy Tanner, Prairie Meadows 250

Tanner Experiences Rough Day At Iowa

Chris Knight
Stott Classic Racing
June 4, 2007

“Stott Classic Racing Development Driver Learns A Lot Despite Headaches”

NEWTON, Iowa (June 4, 2007) - - Billy Tanner headed into his fourth career ARCA RE/MAX Series event looking to make an impression, but the Stott Classic Racing (SCR) left the event with a headache after a frustrating day yielded a 24th place finish.

Tanner in his third race of the season with SCR got off to a bumpy start after losing his primary car on the first lap of practice forcing the team to pullout the backup machine and prepare it for competition for the remainder of the day.

The SCR team flexed their muscle quickly preparing the backup and sending Tanner back into the final minutes of practice netting the 25th fastest time on the charts.

“Practice was rough,” said Tanner. “I’m not really sure what happened, With our primary, I went into the corner, I might have overdrove the car and the rest was history. I’m sorry to my guys, but I thank them for preparing the backup car in quick fashion.”

The team bowed out of qualifications to focus on race setup. With a guaranteed starting position, the team knew they would start the Prairie Meadows 250.

“We didn’t make a qualifying attempt as we wanted to make sure our backup car was suitable for racing conditions. We’re lucky that there were enough open spots that we were able to put our No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet into the race,” added Tanner.

At the start of the race, Tanner played it easy but fought with the handling of his racecar. Despite the challenges he faced, he continued to move his way through the field.

Leading up to the first pit stop, Tanner was hovering in the top-25.

During the first round of pit stops, car owner and crew chief Corrie Stott called for four Hoosier tires, Sunoco Racing fuel and a chassis adjustment hoping to improve the handling of the No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com machine.

The changes worked and Tanner was holding steady before contact with the No. 22 of Ken Butler III sent the car into the wall. The damage caused extreme damage to the right-front of Tanner’s No. 07 Chevrolet.

The Pennsylvania native brought his automobile to the attention of his crew where they attempted to repair the front end. With sheet metal missing and a huge gash along the right front of the racecar, Tanner returned to competition and hung in to cross the checkered flag completing 233 of 250 laps.

“Today was a frustrating day,” said Tanner. “Our backup was set up to run Iowa , so we had a little bit of a challenge there. We persevered to the best of our ability. I want to thank my team for their hard work this weekend. Preparing a primary and backup car is no easy task in one day. We’ll head to Pocono Raceway next weekend and look to get back on track.”

About CheapCaribbean.com and COMM Group

CheapCaribbean.com is owned by COMM Group, Inc (Customer Oriented Marketing and Management Group) which provides wholesale and direct to consumer distribution of vacation packages, resort reservations, and cruises worldwide to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Mexico , servicing over 250,000 passengers per year.

About Billy Tanner

A fourth generation driver, Billy Tanner IV, 25, hails from Newtown , PA. A veteran dirt specialist, Tanner won several events in 2006 including at Bridgeport and on his home track of New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, New Jersey . Tanner finished last year sixth in the Race of Champions (ROC) North series, seventh in ROC South, seventh in ROC combined, seventh at New Egypt Speedway, and eighth at Bridgeport . Tanner will run more than a dozen ARCA races in 2007 in hopes of a full season campaign in 2008.

About Stott Classic Racing

Stott Classic Racing has over 50 years of racing heritage and success. Started in 1955, Ramo Stott was an ARCA champ in 1970 and 1971 along with USAC champ in 1975. His sons Corrie and Lance carried on the tradition, with Corrie having 20 years of NASCAR experience. Successfully starting and operating various NASCAR teams, Corrie was a Crew member for Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte and Crew Chief for Sterling Marlin and Jimmy Spencer. Corrie has spent the past 12 years in management positions with Hendrick Motorsports, SABCO, and PPI Motorsports



NAME: Chris Knight, Classic Stott Racing
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: knight849@aol.com

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