So Close... At DuQuoin DuQuoin, Ill. -- September 8, 2004 -- The R.E. Technologies Racing team came close to getting their second Silver Crown podium finish of the season, but with only eleven laps to go, the No. 191 car hiccupped and ran out...
So Close... At DuQuoin
DuQuoin, Ill. -- September 8, 2004 -- The R.E. Technologies Racing team came close to getting their second Silver Crown podium finish of the season, but with only eleven laps to go, the No. 191 car hiccupped and ran out of gas Sunday night at DuQuoin.
When the green flag dropped on qualifying, Jerry Coons Jr. laid the hammer down on the ParkerStores No.191 Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports/ R.E. Technologies Racing entry. Coons shattered the track record scoring a time of 29.655. Later in the session, former R.E. Technologies driver, Tyler Walker turned a time of 29.138 at a speed of 123.550 to grab the pole from Coons. For the third time this year, Coons would start on the front row. USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year candidate, Boston Reid qualified 19th.
When the green flag fell, Walker took the lead and Coons followed closely behind. Reid dashed up through the field, gaining three positions in the first five laps. Then trouble occurred for the Indiana native, when he brushed the wall in turn one ending the young rookie's night.
"We didn't qualify well," stated Reid. "We were back there where we didn't need to be. I jumped up over the cushion and hit the outside wall. I felt bad for the guys because I screwed up there and it cost us the race."
When the green flag flew again, Walker and Coons were in a class by themselves as they dashed away from the pack lapping cars. With about twelve laps to go, the Arizona native's car suffered a fuel problem. The USAC veteran was forced to pull his car off of the track. Tyler Walker went on to claim his second victory in the last two weeks.
"We had a good night qualifying," said Coons. "I made a bad decision on the tires for the race. We didn't have the right stagger and it really hurt the right rear early on. I think we would have ended up third place if didn't have the fuel problem."
The R.E. Technologies Racing team heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 18th for the O'Reilly Tulsa 100 presented by Flowmaster. Last year, the team had a strong run at the Motorplex qualifying second quick. The R.E. Technologies Racing team maintained their top three position, easing the Curb Records machine around the ¾ mile track. The race was cut short due to track conditions and the team finished third. This year's event will be run under the lights at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex which should make for a good track and a great race.
Fans can get $2 off general admission tickets to both next Friday's Night Before the "100" USAC Valvoline Sprint Car Series event and Saturday's O'Reilly Tulsa "100" by visiting any Tulsa-area O'Reilly Auto Parts stores. Additional information about the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex and next weekend's non-wing doubleheader is available by calling 918-838-3777 or by clicking on the next race icon and then clicking on the Tulsa Fairgrounds link on our website www.retechracing.com.
Live coverage of the O'Reilly Tulsa 100 presented by Flowmaster on www.retechracing.com begins at 5pm with Live Realtime Qualifying at 6:30pm.
COONS SECOND IN EARL'S POINTS
Jerry Coons Jr. now trails first place Dave Steele by twelve points in the Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier points after qualifying outside the pole at the Ted Horn 100 at DuQuoin. Coons earned his second place spot by grabbing the poles at Richmond and Springfield and claiming the second quick qualifying position at DuQuoin. The Arizona native trails first place Dave Steele by only 12 points. The USAC Silver Crown Car Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier Champion will be honored at USAC's Champions Night ceremony in Indianapolis in December. The USAC Silver Crown Fast Qualifier champion will receive $5,000.
BOSTON GOES BUSCH RACING
Boston Reid will enter the first Busch race of his career next weekend at the Emerson Radio 250, NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Reid will pilot the No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet.
"I am very excited about going to Richmond for my first Busch race," smiled Reid. "We want to get qualified good and run every lap. If we can do that, I think we will have a good showing for my first Busch race. It is really cool to be able to run a series that you have been watching for a long time."
The race is scheduled to be broadcast live on TNT on Friday, September 10th at 7pm central time. Qualifying for the race is scheduled to be broadcast live on SPEED on Thursday, September 9th at 2:30pm central time. The race is scheduled to be replayed on Wednesday, September 15th at 11am central time.
In July, Rick Hendrick announced that the Indiana native will each make multiple NASCAR Busch Series starts in 2004 as a part of Hendrick Motorsports' driver development program. In addition to competing at Richmond, Reid is scheduled to compete at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 15 and Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 30.
Hendrick Motorsports has formed a developmental alliance with NEMCO Motorsports that will allow Reid to drive the organization's No. 87 Busch Series entries in events this season. In 2003, NEMCO assisted with the progression of current Busch Series championship contender Kyle Busch, who posted two runner-up results, three top-10 finishes and five top-10 qualifying efforts in seven races driving the No. 87 Chevrolets.
In April, Hendrick Motorsports announced Reid would be entering select ARCA events through a developmental association with Bobby Gerhart Racing. The program garnered three top-10 finishes in as many races.
ON THE WEB
R.E. Technologies Racing website www.retechracing.com provides the latest information about the R.E. Technologies Racing team. The site also offers photos of the team from the track, live coverage of events from the track as well as the opportunity to hear Boston's thoughts in the Driver's Audio section. This week's Fan Poll question asks: "Who will win the Busch race at Richmond: J.J. Yeley, Johnny Sauter, Kasey Kahne, Boston Reid, Martin Truex Jr. or Kyle Bush?" Fans can also visit Boston's personal website for video from DuQuoin at www.bostonreid.com.