Indy IRP: R. E. Technologies preview

Edwards and Reid Hope to Team Up for Victory at Indianapolis Raceway Park Memphis, Tenn. -- August 3, 2004 -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star, Carl Edwards and USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year Candidate, Boston Reid...

Edwards and Reid Hope to Team Up for Victory at Indianapolis Raceway Park

Memphis, Tenn. -- August 3, 2004 -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star, Carl Edwards and USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year Candidate, Boston Reid are expecting to perform well Thursday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Last year the R.E. Technologies Racing No. 35 Curb Records sponsored Silver Crown car sat outside the pole for the Hoosier Twin 50's at IRP. Later that season, Carl Edwards drove the No. 95 Don Ott Racing Engines/ C&B Mushroom Farms Silver Crown entry to a third place finish at the J.D. Byrider 100. The following night, Edwards went to victory lane, winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP.

This year Carl Edwards will drive the No. 191 Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports/ R.E. Technologies Racing entry and Boston Reid will wheel the No. 35 at the J.D. Byrider 100. This is not Edward's first time to drive for R.E. Technologies Racing. The Missouri native drove the "Spirit of Knoxville" to a ninth place finish at the first Silver Crown race of the year in Phoenix.

For Carl Edwards and Boston Reid, Indianapolis Raceway Park holds special meaning.

"My dad and I used to sit in our living room at home and watch the USAC races on ESPN from IRP years ago," said Edwards. "I always dreamed about racing it. IRP was the first place I ever saw Silver Crown cars run. It was spectacular. I will never forget walking into the grandstands and watching those cars going around there so fast. So, to get to drive one is just awesome. Last year, we had an incredible weekend running third in the Silver Crown race and winning the truck race. I love this place!"

"I am just pretty excited just to be able to run Indianapolis," agreed Boston Reid. "Kroger Speedfest and Brickyard 400 make for a great weekend. We always get a great crowd at IRP. It is a great opportunity for my friends and family in Indianapolis to see me run."

Carl Edwards believes, running the truck race on Thursday will aide him when he climbs into the Roush Racing Superchips Ford truck on Friday.

"I really believe the extra time on the track helped me in the truck when we won last year," said Edwards. "The Silver Crown cars are so much fun to drive."

The R.E. Technologies Racing team put over 150 laps on the .686 mile oval at IRP in preparation for the J.D. Byrider 100. Edwards and Reid shared information throughout the day, discussing different lines around the track and setups.

"Having Boston as a team mate is awesome, because we are a lot alike," stated Edwards. "I enjoy working with Chris Santucci and the team. By the end of the night testing, we think we came up with a good starting point for the race."

"I think we will have a pretty good shot here," said Reid. "Carl and I were both very happy at the end of the day. I really like the track."

Team Manager Chris Santucci says that grip is the key to being successful at IRP. The team improved on their grip during testing. Both Carl Edwards and Boston Reid will have fresh Gaerte engines for IRP. Santucci says that qualifying will also be of high importance.

"IRP it is not an easy place to pass," stated Santucci. "If you have to start in the back, you will be in traffic all day. The race will also be a challenge due to the influx of the NASCAR drivers behind the wheel of the Silver Crown cars. Just getting into the show will be tougher than most of the other shows we run. We will have to stay out of trouble at this small .686 mile track. There will be a lot of close racing at IRP."

"Every time we go to a Silver Crown race, the competition is tough," said Reid. "I think that the times will be good. I think that everybody will be fast."

EDWARDS 6th AT MICHIGAN

Carl Edwards drove his Roush Racing No. 99 Superchips Ford truck to a 6th place finish at Michigan Saturday. The top ten finish will keep the Missouri native 3rd in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings. The No. 99 Superchips team will be taking chassis #35 Friday night at IRP. This truck also ran at Memphis where Edwards finished fifth. He is the defending winner of the Power Stroke Diesel 200. The Missouri native led the final 119 laps of the race last year. He will be going for his third win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season. Edwards and the No. 99 Superchips team started off the year with a win at Daytona and led the point standings after Daytona and Martinsville. They captured another win at Kansas in July and he earned his second career pole at Dover in May.

REID LEADS ROOKIES

Boston Reid leads in the chase to claim the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year honors. Reid comes into IRP 9th in points overall. The Indiana native captured the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year title in 2002.

ASK BOSTON

Ever wanted to ask Boston Reid a question but couldn't make it to a race? Now you can. Email a question to blakej@racingeclipse.com and you will be able to hear Boston answer the question via driver audio. Please include your first name, city and state when you send the question.

FAN POLL

In this week's Fan Poll question, we ask: "Who will win the Silver Crown race at IRP? Carl Edwards, Dave Blaney, Jason McCord, Jay Drake, Boston Reid or Dave Steele?" Fans can vote in the weekly poll by going to our website www.retechracing.com and clicking on the Fan Poll icon.

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. Check back often for an upcoming special feature in Driver Audio. Fans can also visit Boston's personal website at www.bostonreid.com.

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(High resolution photos of the R.E. Technologies Racing team are available to the media by emailing Blake Johnson at blakej@racingeclipse.com.)

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Series NASCAR Truck , USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Carl Edwards , Jason McCord , Boston Reid , Dave Blaney