Neely Has Busy Week, Six Races in Six Days ROBINSON, Ill. (May 23, 2007) -- Venturing out on his own for the 2007 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Sprint Car tour with support from the First Financial Bank of Terre Haute, Indiana, 2006...
Neely Has Busy Week, Six Races in Six Days
ROBINSON, Ill. (May 23, 2007) -- Venturing out on his own for the 2007 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Sprint Car tour with support from the First Financial Bank of Terre Haute, Indiana, 2006 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Mat Neely is finding out what it means to be the owner and driver all over again. With support on the pavement from veteran Keith Kunz, Neely and crew chief Denny Knight are looking forward to the season ahead of them.
In addition to his USAC Sprint Car schedule, Neely is focusing on the K&N Engineering USAC Silver Crown schedule, driving as a teammate to veteran Jerry Coons, Jr. for the well-known team of Rotondo-Weirich Motorsports (RWMS), based out of Lederach, Pennsylvania. Neely, driving the RWMS silver crown car, took home the famed USAC Four Crown Nationals trophy in 2006. On pavement, Neely competes in a C&R Racing chassis powered by HG Associates horsepower. On dirt, Neely hustles a Beast chassis again powered by HG Associates.
"Last year at the Hoosier Hundred, we had a great run going until around lap eighty," said Neely. "We broke something in the suspension, and it caused our right rear tire to go flat, which was disappointing because we had a real shot to give the (Tony) Stewart cars a run for their money."
The week of the Indianapolis 500 is always a busy week for open wheel racers around the Indianapolis area. Competing last night at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana in USAC Sprint Car competition Neely kicked off a busy six day stretch that will see him racing six times in two different divisions.
After a tangle in the A-Main event at Twin Cities Tuesday night and a subsequent broken radius rod, Neely was officially scored in eighteenth place.
Tonight, Neely is taking his USAC pavement sprint car to the famed Anderson Speedway for the Glen Niebel Classic 100; Tomorrow, the team is off to the non-sanctioned Jack Hewitt Classic at Kokomo Speedway; Friday will see the RW Motorsports team compete in the Hoosier Hundred silver crown race -- a long-standing, traditional event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; Saturday the Mat Neely Motorsports team will tow to the Lawrenceburg Speedway for the King of Indiana Sprint Series (KISS) event; Sunday will see the MNM team make the tow to Haubstadt, Indiana for the MSCS sprint car event.
"This week is always a busy one, and with us planning to attend some non-sanctioned events in addition to the USAC schedule, we aren't making life any easier on ourselves," commented Neely from North Vernon. "Even though we are going to be busy, it's one of my favorite weeks of the season!"