McReynolds Making ARCA Season Debut
By: John Singler - @JohnSingler2 on April 14, 2011 | 1:42 P.M. EST
McReynolds will make his fifth career ARCA start in Friday's 3 Amigos 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
The 2011 ARCA Racing Series is one race old, with the Daytona opener run two months ago. But for 19-year-old Brandon McReynolds, the season starts this week.
He’s entered in Friday’s 3 Amigos 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, eyeing his first ARCA start of the year in the Number-4 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet. And while McReynolds did not run in the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 250 at Daytona International Speedway, his car did...finishing fourth with Ricky Carmichael behind the wheel.
McReynolds, son of former crew chief and current FOX Sports NASCAR broadcaster Larry McReynolds, has a clear goal in mind for Friday’s race.
“Going down there and winning is what I’m out to do,” McReynolds said. “After (the team) ran fourth at Daytona, anything short of a win will be a disappointment.”
McReynolds has four previous ARCA starts, including last year’s Talladega stop. McReynolds started 18th in that race, but overheating issues slowed his Eddie Sharp-owned entry and he was saddled with a 23rd-place finish.
“I ran in the top 10 for most of the day before we had to go to the garage and cool the motor down,” McReynolds said. “It was a solid afternoon and I learned a lot. I think I can rely on some of those things to help me this time.”
Though McReynolds will be making just his fifth ARCA start, his inexperience will be balanced with veteran crew chief Mark Rette and Carmichael’s seasoned Turner Motorsports Truck Series team preparing his car.
“It makes it so much easier knowing that Ricky works with those guys on a full-time basis,” McReynolds said. “The communication barrier has already been knocked down and Mark Rette has always been a good friend of mine. I’ve spent a lot of time with everyone just waiting on this opportunity. We should be able to have a pretty smooth race.”
McReynolds’ car will carry commemorative decals honoring the life of former ARCA driver and Turner Motorsports employee Beau Slocumb, who lost his battle with cancer last weekend.
The 3 Amigos 250 is slated to get the green flag shortly after 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, following the conclusion of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on the 2.66-mile Alabama oval.