Manzanita: Round one race report

COONS EARNS SILVER TRIUMPH IN "COPPER ON DIRT" Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. will lead the USAC K & N Silver Crown Championship Series presented by Optima Batteries to the tradition-rich "Hoosier Hundred" May 23 in ...

COONS EARNS SILVER TRIUMPH IN "COPPER ON DIRT"

Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. will lead the USAC K & N Silver Crown Championship Series presented by Optima Batteries to the tradition-rich "Hoosier Hundred" May 23 in Indianapolis, Ind. after winning Saturday night's series opener at Phoenix, Ariz.

Coons will be aiming for his third straight dirt-track triumph, having also won last September's "4-Crown Nationals" feature at Rossburg, Ohio. Coons finished ninth at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2006 and last year's "Hoosier Hundred" was canceled due to rain.

Coons is currently tied with defending two-time series champion Bud Kaeding for the series point lead after they finished 1-2 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. The "Copper on Dirt" presented by Sands Chevrolet saw Coons wrest the lead from Kaeding on lap 39 and he led the final 12 circuits in his Rotondo Weirich Beast/Chevy. Kaeding, who led 26 of the 50 laps, finished second ahead of 2007 race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Shane Cottle and Tracy Hines.

Jon Stanbrough, who started on the pole and led the first seven laps, spun on lap 14 and eventually retired with a broken clutch on lap 43.

Kaeding is trying to become the first driver in the series' 38-year history to claim three consecutive titles.

Rain forced postponement of Friday's scheduled Phoenix preliminaries, which were held Saturday afternoon.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Jon Stanbrough , Shane Cottle , Jerry Coons Jr.