Tuesday, April 12, 2011

McReynolds Set For ARCA Run

Brandon McReynolds will run this weekend’s ARCA Series “3 Amigos 250” at Talladega Superspeedway in the #4 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet fielded by Turner Motorsports. McReynolds competed in four ARCA events last season, including a 23rd place finish at Talladega driving for Eddie Sharp Racing. He finished 19th in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Gateway International Raceway driving the Team 42 Racing Dodge, and claimed a pair of 2010 UARA Late Model wins at Rockingham Speedway.

McReynolds, son of NASCAR on FOX analyst and former NASCAR crewchief Larry McReynolds, tested with Turner Motorsports at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in January, and will be driving the same car Ricky Carmichael raced to a fourth-place finish in the season-opening “Lucas Oil Slick Mist 250” at Daytona.

“Mr. Turner… allowed me to go test with his Truck Series team at New Smyrna Speedway,” said McReynolds. “I worked with (crewchief) Mark Rette and that whole bunch and had a really good test. After that, they started talking about doing some things with me. I was hanging out with those guys after the ARCA race at Daytona and they asked me if I wanted to run the car in Talladega. I’m very thankful for the opportunity. I’m not sure where it’s going to lead, but I’m hoping everything goes well.”

McReynolds has high expectations for the race, saying, ““Going down there and winning is what I’m out to do. I know Turner Motorsports has top-notch equipment. They run Hendrick motors and have very solid, experienced guys. After they ran fourth with Ricky in February, anything short of a win will be a disappointment. I want to have a solid afternoon, stay out of trouble, learn a little bit and hopefully, come home with the trophy.”

The 19-year old said his plans for the remainder of the season are being made “on a race-by-race basis. Obviously, it’s a tough market out there, especially with the economy being the way it is. I really hope we can have a good outing at Talladega, and maybe that will lead to some more races with Turner Motorsports. I ran the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race for Jeff Spraker at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and we’re looking at running a few more with him.”

McReynolds’ car – and all four Turner Motorsports’ Nationwide Series entries -- will carry decals this weekend in honor of former ARCA competitor and Turner Motorsports employee Beau Slocumb, who lost his lengthy battle with cancer last week. Slocumb made four ARCA starts in 2009, earning a pair of top-10 finishes including a career-best fifth-place finish at Kansas Speedway.

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