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Billy Tanner; Stott Classic Racing Look For Strong Talladega Run

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Billy Tanner, ARCA RE/MAX 250

Billy Tanner; Stott Classic Racing Look For Strong Talladega Run

Chris Knight
Stott Classic Racing
October 2, 2007

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.”

The ARCA RE/MAX 250 (94 laps/250 miles) is the 22nd of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 45th ARCA race held at Talladega Superspeedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, October 4 with a two and a half hour practice session planned from 9:00-11:30am. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30pm Local Time. A “Happy Hour” final practice has been etched into the schedule for Friday, October 5 for forty-five minutes from 10:05am-10:50am Local Time. The event will take the green flag on October 5 shortly after 4:00pm Local Time. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com.

For more on Classic Stott Racing and driver Billy Tanner please visit StottClassicRacing.com

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

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