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McGilton Heads To Berlin Looking For Victory

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Phillip McGilton, Request Foods-GFS 200

McGilton Heads To Berlin Looking For Victory

Chris Knight
Brewco Motorsports
July 3, 2007

“Rookie-of-the-Year Contender Hopes To Lead Fourth Consecutive Race”

MARNE, Michigan (July 3, 2007) - - The second half of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) season begins with Saturday’s Request Foods-GFS 200 and Rookie-of-the-Year contender Phillip McGilton would like to do nothing more than cap off his Berlin Raceway debut with a victory.

Much of the 2007 ARS has been a trial of firsts for the driver of the No. 47 SIPerformance Ford Fusion. Strong showings at USA International Speedway, Salem Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Toledo Speedway and Iowa Speedway have McGilton feeling relaxed heading into the tricky Marne , Michigan based track.

"The Brewco Motorsports team has been able to put together a strong short track program this season and I really expect no different this weekend, said McGilton. Berlin has no backstretch wall, and that’s really different, but I’m sure it will be an exciting weekend.”

The development driver for Brewco Motorsports heads to Berlin Raceway on the heels of a strong sixth place effort at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) last month. McGilton, for the third straight race put his No. 47 out front and in control for a number of laps before being overtaken to eventually settle for sixth, awarding the Marion, Illinois native with is fifth top-10 finish of the season.

“We’re looking at working our way back up in the point standings,” offered McGilton, who will make his 18th career ARS start this weekend. “Every time we’ve been able to make up some ground, we’ve had some bad luck that has held the team back. The good news is that we made up some ground on everyone at Michigan a couple weeks ago. We need to keep doing that every week. If we do, it’s going to be one heck of a battle at the end of the season.”

The ARCA RE/MAX Series enjoyed a two-week break from competition following Michigan , but McGilton surrounded himself with racecars.

On June 23, McGilton joined his Brewco Motorsports team for the NASCAR Busch Series race at The Milwaukee Mile to further familiarize himself with the track, as the ARCA RE/MAX Series will make a stop their later this year. McGilton watched fellow Brewco drivers and teammates Jason Keller and Bobby East tackle the one-mile oval from the spotters stand with Shawn Parker, Brewco’s Director of Competition and Crew Chief for the No. 47 SIPerformance Ford.

Last week, McGilton joined a host of other ARS teams at Kentucky Speedway during an open test to prepare themselves for next week’s event at the 1.5-mile speed plant. In May, McGilton captured a top-10 finish in the Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.

The Request Foods-GFS 200 (200 laps/88 miles) is the 12th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 20th ARCA race held at Berlin Raceway is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, July 7 with an hour and a half practice (2:30pm-4:00pm) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag later that night at 8:30pm Local Time. The race will not be televised. However, additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com

For more on Phillip McGilton, please visit PhillipMcGilton.com

For more on Brewco Motorsports, please visit Brewco.com


2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Stats:

Best Start: Second twice at Winchester Speedway, May 2007 and Iowa Speedway, June 2007

Top-Fives: One (Fourth at Iowa Speedway , June 2007)

Top-10s: Five (Ninth at Daytona International Speedway, sixth at Salem Speedway, eighth at Kentucky Speedway, fourth at Iowa Speedway and sixth at Michigan International Speedway)

Laps Led: 16 (Five at Iowa Speedway, June 2007, three at Pocono Raceway, June 2007 and eight at Michigan International Speedway, June 2007)

Notes of Interest:

  • McGilton currently is tied for the top spot in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year standings. McGilton and fellow rookie Michael McDowell are tied at 282 points a piece.

  • SIPerformance has been secured as the primary sponsor of the No. 47 Ford Fusion for the remainder of the 2007 season.

  • In five short track races this season, McGilton has a best finish of fourth at Iowa Speedway last month while holding an additional top-10 performance at Salem Speedway in April.

  • McGilton is a graduate of Fast Track High Performance Driving School.



    NAME: Chris Knight, SI-Performance, Brewco Motorsports

    PHONE: 239.834.9797

    EMAIL: Knight849@aol.com

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