Eldora: R.E. Technologies preview

Memphis, Tennessee - September 22, 2004 -- The R.E. Technologies Racing team hope to write their own page in the historic Four Crown Nationals record books at Eldora Speedway this weekend. The event marks the final race of the season for the USAC...

Memphis, Tennessee - September 22, 2004 -- The R.E. Technologies Racing team hope to write their own page in the historic Four Crown Nationals record books at Eldora Speedway this weekend. The event marks the final race of the season for the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series. It also marks the final USAC race weekend for legendary promoter Earl Baltes. Baltes is retiring at the end of this season after promoting races for fifty-one years.

Teammates Boston Reid and Jerry Coons Jr. are hoping to claim their first win of the season at the Four Crown Nationals this weekend. Eldora will be another new track for rookie Boston Reid in a Silver Crown™ car. Reid has raced on the ½ mile clay oval several times in a sprint car. He is scheduled to drive the No.67 sprint car for Keith Kunz this weekend at the "Big E." On May 3rd of 2004, the Indiana native recorded his first USAC sprint car win at Boarder Wars IX at Eldora Speedway.

"Eldora is a special place to me because it's were I got my first USAC win," said Reid. "I love this place."

Jerry Coons will be pulling double duty this weekend at the Four Crown Nationals. The Arizona native will drive the No. 32 USAC Nation Midget Series car along with the No. 191 ParkerStores Hemelgarn 91/Johnson Motorsports/ R.E. Technologies Racing Silver Crown™ car.

"I am looking forward to running both cars there," stated Coons. "Eldora is a historic place to race. It would be great to score a win at Earl's last event with USAC."

EARL'S LAST RIDE WITH USAC

The Four Crown Nationals will mark Earl Baltes' final USAC promotion. After fifty-one years at his beloved speedway, the eighty-three year old Baltes is retiring at the end of this season. According to track officials, Earl Baltes has been promoting USAC events since April 22, 1962. The legendary promoter has overseen 160 USAC sprint races. He has promoted 34 midget features since 1964. Baltes first began promoting Silver Crown™ events on April 26, 1981 in a race that was won by Steve Kinser.* The first ever Four Crown Nationals were run on October 11, 1981. Steve Kinser took the checkered flag in the Silver Crown™ division.* Baltes has promoted 23 Silver Crown™ events at the ½ mile clay oval.

The Four Crown Nationals, one of Eldora's most popular events, feature the UMP Modifieds, USAC National Midget Series, USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series and the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday night and non-qualifiers and feature races for Saturday night. The event took a hiatus last year due to the running of the Mopar Million at Eldora.

Since the beginning of the Four Crown Nationals 85 main events have been contested with 41 drivers tasting victory. USAC legend, Jack Hewitt scored 19 wins including a sweep of all four main events in 1998.

The Four Crown Nationals also marks the beginning of Earl Baltes' farewell to the fans. The farewell to the fans will include this weekend's Four Crown Nationals, the All-Star Circuit of Champions weekend on October 2nd and concludes with the UMP National Championship October 9th and 10th.

*1981 results taken from the book, Dirt Road to a Silver Crown by Gates, Sullivan, Watson and Mahoney.

GAERTE MOPAR ON BOARD

The No. 191 ParkerStores car driven by Jerry Coons Jr. will have Mopar power under the hood for the Four Crown Nationals. Earlier this week the R.E. Technologies team installed the Gaerte Mopar engine into the Spirit of Knoxville at their shop. This is the first time that the team has raced with Mopar power under the hood.

REID TO ENTER TALLADEGA ARCA EVENT

Boston Reid will enter the Oct. 2 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) season finale at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway as part of Hendrick Motorsports' driver development program, team owner Rick Hendrick announced Tuesday.

Making his fourth ARCA appearance of 2004, Reid, will drive a Bobby Gerhart Racing-prepared No. 7 ditech.com Chevrolet at the high-banked 2.66-mile tri-oval. The Logansport, Ind., native has posted three top-10 finishes on the circuit this year. Fellow Hendrick Motorsports driver development program driver Blake Feese will also compete in the race.

As part of the development initiative, Reid has also embarked on limited Busch Series schedules with support from Hendrick ally NEMCO Motorsports. The Indiana native is scheduled to drive the NEMCO's No. 87 Chevrolet at upcoming Busch Series events at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 15th and Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 30th. His NASCAR debut came at Richmond, Va., on Sept. 11.

LIVE COVERAGE

Live coverage of the Four Crown Nationals is scheduled to begin Friday event with Live Realtime Silver Crown™ qualifying. www.retechracing.com is also scheduled to provide photos and stories from the track. Please check back as the site will update often. The feature race is scheduled to be carried by RSBN.net.

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 our driver's thoughts in the Driver's Audio section. This week's Fan Poll question asks: "Who will win the Silver Crown race at the Four Crown Nationals: Bud Kaeding, Boston Reid, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Walker, Bryan Tyler or Dave Darland?" Fans can also visit Boston's personal website for video from Tulsa at www.bostonreid.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Bobby Gerhart , Steve Kinser , Dave Darland , Jack Hewitt , Bud Kaeding , Blake Feese , Tyler Walker , Jerry Coons , Boston Reid , Jerry Coons Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports