Memphis, TN -- October 13, 2003- Jerry Coons Jr. and Tyler Walker put on a good show before a packed grandstand at the season ending Ferris Salt City 100 in Syracuse, New York, Saturday afternoon. Tyler Walker drove his Curb Records sponsored ...
Memphis, TN -- October 13, 2003- Jerry Coons Jr. and Tyler Walker put on a good show before a packed grandstand at the season ending Ferris Salt City 100 in Syracuse, New York, Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Walker drove his Curb Records sponsored #35 to finish 5th after starting in 14th. Jerry Coons Jr. put his ParkerStores sponsored #115 in 8th position only to have a wheel come off forcing him to retire with six laps until the finish.
The team came into Syracuse with high hopes after setting a new track record with Jerry Coons Jr. behind the wheel last season. The mile dirt oval proved to be tricky on qualifying day. Jerry Coons Jr. qualified 10th and Tyler Walker qualified 16th. Dave Darland captured the pole, setting a new track record at 30.072 seconds.
On Saturday, both drivers were determined to drive to the front. Jerry Coons Jr. dashed past three cars in the first ten laps. By lap 20, Coons had driven the "Spirit of Knoxville" to 6th position. Near the halfway mark, Coons and teammate Tyler Walker dueled for position with Walker getting by the Tucson, Arizona native on lap 51. Trouble occurred with six laps to go when the left rear tire on the #115 slid off it's axle in turn four sending the car spinning down the front stretch. Jerry Coons Jr. was uninjured.
"We had a vibration all race long," said Coons. "Finally it shook the wheel nut off. I hate it for our sponsor ParkerStores. We were hoping to drive the car to the front. It just wasn't our day."
Coons finished in 13th position.
Tyler Walker powered his way through traffic from 13th position when the green flag fell to 7th by lap 20. Walker chased teammate Jerry Coons Jr. around the New York State Fairgrounds mile until lap 51 when he got by the #115. From there, the California native drove a smooth race, massaging the Curb-Agajanian Special into the corners. With two laps to go, the yellow flag was displayed for John Heyendrich. When the green flag fell Walker held off A.J. Fike for two laps to finish 5th.
"We missed the setup just a little bit," said Walker. "It is good to end the season with another top five. Next season we want to come back and go for the championship." J.J. Yeley won the Ferris Salt City 100 and finished the season at the top of the points list.
Tyler Walker passed Jay Drake to finish the season 5th in points. This was Walker's first full season in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series.
"I am real proud of the guys this season," smiled Walker. "We got off to a bad start at the beginning of the season. Everyone put their heads together and we came back with 4 top 5's and two podium finishes. I'm happy that we could finish the season strong for our sponsor Curb Records."
The #35 Curb Records sponsored "Curb-Agajanian Special" finished the season 4th in USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series entrant points. That is the highest entrant points finish in the young history of R.E. Technologies Racing.
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The Salt City 100 will air on Speed, Sunday, November 9th at 2pm Eastern.
(Hi-Resolution photos of Jerry Coons Jr. and Tyler Walker including headshots, the #35 Curb Records and the #115 Curb Records/ParkerStores cars in action at Syracuse are available to the media via e-mail by contacting Blake Johnson at email@example.com)