DuQuoin: R.E. Technologies preview

Coons and Reid Look To Fly on Duquoin's Dirt Memphis, Tenn. -- September 2, 2004 -- Boston Reid and Jerry Coons Jr. are planning to make some moves this weekend at the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The teammates are eyeing...

Coons and Reid Look To Fly on Duquoin's Dirt

Memphis, Tenn. -- September 2, 2004 -- Boston Reid and Jerry Coons Jr. are planning to make some moves this weekend at the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

The teammates are eyeing the prize of first place at the one-mile dirt oval. The team came close to first place two weeks ago at Springfield when Jerry Coons captured the pole. When the race was over Coons was on the podium in third and Boston Reid had a solid top twenty finish.

"I think we had a good run at Springfield," said Coons. "I think we learned a few things there that we can take with us to DuQuoin."

The team is planning to make a few changes on the Curb Records No. 35 prior to DuQuoin.

"We feel like we should perform well this weekend," said Team Manager Chris Santucci. "We are going to take Boston's car from Springfield and fine tune it for DuQuoin. The "Magic Mile" is a good racetrack for us. Boston has been on the dirt miles twice so we should be ready to go."

"We tried some things at Springfield that didn't work but I think we learned from them," said Reid. "We should have a good run at DuQuoin. We have a good package and we should be strong."

Coons and the R.E. Technologies Racing team are not strangers to success at the "Magic Mile." Jerry Coons Jr. captured the pole at DuQuoin and finished second there in 2001.

"We sat on the pole at Springfield and earlier this year at Richmond," said Coons. "I think we have a good setup on the car. I think we have as good a shot as anybody."

Coons says he likes running at night at DuQuoin. This year's Ted Horn Memorial marks the first time that the event has been run at in the evening during the DuQuoin State Fair. Last years fair event was rained out and rescheduled the week following the fair at night.

One-mile dirt tracks are special to Boston Reid. As a kid growing up in Indiana, he would often watch the Silver Crown cars race around the one-mile dirt palaces, dreaming about one day racing on them himself.

"I am excited about these dirt miles," smiled Reid. "I watched them as I was growing up and really would love to get a win at the "Magic Mile."

Live coverage of the 54th running of the Ted Horn 100 on www.retechracing.com begins at 5pm with Live Realtime Qualifying at 6:30pm.

COONS THIRD IN EARL'S POINTS

Jerry Coons Jr. is third in the Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier points heading into this weekend's race at DuQuoin. Coons earned a spot in the top three by grabbing the poles at Richmond and Springfield earlier this year. The Arizona native trails first place Dave Steele by 18 points and second place Dane Carter by only five 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.

TIGHT ROOKIE RACE

Boston Reid leads fellow rookie Aaron Pierce by one point in the race for the USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year title. Reid has a total of 242 points and Pierce has 241 points heading into the final three races of the year.

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. 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.

FORMER R.E. TECH DRIVER TO BUSCH

Akins Motorsports announced this week that former R.E. Technologies Racing driver, Tyler Walker, will drive for the NASCAR Busch Series power. Walker will share duties with Kasey Kahne behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge during the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season. The California native fielded the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge earlier this season at Pikes Peak International Raceway. In addition, Walker practiced and qualified the Great Clips Dodge at Nashville Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for Kahne in both events.

Tyler Walker is scheduled to make the second start of his NASCAR Busch Series career for Akins Motorsports at R.E. Technologies Racing's home track, Memphis Motorsports Park, during the Sam's Town "He Dared to Rock" 250 on October 23.

"I'm thrilled that we have the opportunity to align ourselves with another open-wheel standout such as Tyler," said Akins co-owner Doug Stringer. "With these two drivers and Paul Andrews at the helm, I hope to think it's inevitable that we'll be competitive all season long and challenge for the owner's championship next season. We look forward to having Tyler on board, and can't wait for the 2005 season to begin."

Throughout the years, Kahne and Walker have competed against each other in open wheel. Last season, the California native drove the No. 35 Curb-Agajanian Special to a top ten at Nazareth while his future boss when on to win. Kahne hired Walker to race his No. 19 Curb Records/Brown & Miller Dodge Mopar Silver Crown entry this season. This past Sunday, Walker not only led the final 20 laps of the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 at Nazareth Speedway but also took the checkered flag for the first time in his 28th start in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series.

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 DuQuoin: Dave Darland, Rich Tobias, Tyler Walker, Boston Reid, Jerry Coons Jr. or Brian Tyler?" Fans can also visit Boston's personal website for video from Nazareth at www.bostonreid.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Bobby Gerhart , Kasey Kahne , Dave Darland , Brian Tyler , Dane Carter , Tyler Walker , Aaron Pierce , Jerry Coons , Boston Reid , Jerry Coons Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports