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Big Weekend on Tap for Peter Shepherd at Chicagoland Memphis, Tenn. -- July 5, 2006 -- After a successful start to the first half of the pavement side of the USAC Silver Crown schedule, Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E.

Big Weekend on Tap for Peter Shepherd at Chicagoland

Memphis, Tenn. -- July 5, 2006 -- After a successful start to the first half of the pavement side of the USAC Silver Crown schedule, Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team are looking forward to the midpoint race in the pavement portion of the season. The USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N will make its debut at the 1.5-mile oval Friday. The event will mark the third time that Peter Shepherd and the series have raced on a Superspeedway.

"Chicagoland is probably one of the fastest mile and a half tracks that we will get on all year," said Shepherd. "You have to be on the ball and have guts to go there. The guy who isn't afraid to run the track is the guy that is going to win."

Even though the USAC rookie grew up on the short tracks of southern Ontario, Canada, the 1.5-mile oval does not intimidate him.

"We are going to go out there, have fun and back up our streak of top ten finishes with another solid run," smiled Shepherd. "This weekend I want to raise the bar for myself and do even better for the team. Our Ford powered car is always right there; it is just a matter of me bringing myself up to the level of the car."

In every race that Peter Shepherd has driven for the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team, the young USAC rookie has learned from the veterans in the series. He hopes to continue that trend this weekend at Chicago.

"At Richmond we gained a lot of experience by running at the front with the guys that always win. Hopefully at Chicago, it will be my time to break through and be at the top of the board by the end of the race."

The USAC Silver Crown Series will again share the spotlight this weekend with the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series. The Busch Series is scheduled to practice Friday and the Nextel Cup Series qualifies prior to the Silver Crown race. Team owner Carl Edwards is expected watch the No. 199 Ford powered C&R car driven by Peter Shepherd Friday afternoon.

POINTS RACE

Despite not running in the opener at Phoenix, Peter Shepherd sits fourth in the USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year point's standings. The young Canadian is fifty points out of first and just three points out of third with five pavement races to go this season.

"Because I am only running the pavement portion of the schedule, that eliminates me from a chance at the USAC Silver Crown Series driver's championship but the team still has a shot at the owner's championship," said Shepherd. "My goal is to get good finishes and as long as you are getting good finishes and running up front every week, then the points will be there at the end of the season."

The young Canadian is ninth in drivers points overall and the No. 199 Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team sits fifth on owner's points.

STENHOUSE WINS DURING OHIO SPRINT WEEK

Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing development driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won three of the five races run during Ohio Sprintweek. The Olive Branch, Mississippi native won the opener at Attica Raceway Park on June 25th. He then proceeded to win two in a row at Fremont Speedway on June 29th and at Limaland Speedway on the following night. Stenhouse finished the week third in points behind veterans Dale Blaney and All Star Circuit of Champions points leader, Greg Wilson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is scheduled to pilot the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing No. 35 on dirt in the USAC Silver Crown Series later this season. As part of his driver development training, the 18 year old is also scheduled to pilot one of the team's SCCA Mazda Miata's on road courses this summer. The 18-year-old is continuing his education this weekend at Chicagoland, working as a pit crewmember on the No. 199 Silver Crown car

USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES ON TV

The "USG Fiberock 100" is scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel July 29 at 5pm Eastern Time. The Outdoor Channel will air twelve, one-hour broadcasts this season with additional replays scheduled. Veteran racing broadcast icon, Jack Arute will call the race while Rob Klepper will handle the color commentary. Brienne Pedigo will report from pit lane. The "Kentucky 100" from Kentucky Speedway will air this Saturday at 5pm on the Outdoor Channel. For a complete TV schedule, please visit our website.

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CHICAGOLAND UPDATES

The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing website will provide updates on the "USG Fiberock 100" from Chicagoland Speedway. Fans can visit the "Live Trackside" section of the website for updates as well stories on the main page and photos in the photo section of the website.

-www.retechracing.com

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Series USAC
Drivers Carl Edwards , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Peter Shepherd , Greg Wil