Illinois: R.E. Technologies race report

Springfield, Ill. -- August 22, 2004 -- Jerry Coons Jr. and the Hemelegarn 91/Johnson Motorsports /R.E. Technologies Racing team claimed another podium finish and Boston Reid claimed a top twenty finish at the Tony Bettenhausen 100...

Springfield, Ill. -- August 22, 2004 -- Jerry Coons Jr. and the Hemelegarn 91/Johnson Motorsports /R.E. Technologies Racing team claimed another podium finish and Boston Reid claimed a top twenty finish at the Tony Bettenhausen 100 Saturday.

When the cars hit the track for practice, both the No. 35 of Reid and the No. 191 cars recorded top five practice times. When it was time to qualify, the R.E. Technologies cars proved that they were some of the fastest cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Jerry Coons claimed the Earl's Fast Qualifier pole award with a time of 30.362. Coon's quick time award was the fourth of his career. He now has three on dirt and one on pavement, which he scored earlier this year at Richmond. On Reid's first lap of qualifying, the timing and scoring system malfunctioned causing the team to lose their quickest lap. Reid and the Curb Records J&J Silver Crown™ car's second lap was good enough for ninth quick, his highest qualifying position of his Silver Crown™ rookie season.

Jerry Coons Jr. led the field to the green flag but a fast Rich Tobias Jr. would overtake the 191 car for the top spot. Several laps later, eventual winner Brian Tyler passed Coons and Tobias for the lead and the win. With twenty laps to go the No. 191 car's wishbone broke but Coons was able to hang on to claim third and his fourth straight trip to the podium at Springfield.

"I had fun today," said Coons "I love running these cars on dirt. Chris (Santucci), Robert (Hubbard), Keith Lani, Jim (Norris), Mike Randol, Mark Randol and my dad Jerry Coons, Sr. did a great job. Hopefully we can keep running the dirt and maybe we can win one of these."

Boston Reid and the No. 35 car suffered a flat right rear tire with 25 laps to go bringing out a caution. The team quickly changed the tire and returned the No. 35 to the track. Reid finished 20th.

"The guys did a good job," said Reid. "I am looking forward to next weekend at Nazareth. We had a good test there and we are ready to get this monkey off of our back."

NEXT RACE

The R.E. Technologies Racing team heads to Nazareth Speedway for the Bully Hills Vineyard 100 August 27-29th. The racing weekend features the USAC National Midget Series, USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series, the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series and the Indy Racing League Indy Car Series. Live coverage from Nazareth begins Friday afternoon August 27th at www.retechracing.com.

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.

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. Live coverage of the Bully Hills Vineyard 100 at Nazareth Speedway begins Friday afternoon with live real time qualifying in the live trackside section of our website on Saturday. This week's Fan Poll question asks: "Who will win Nazareth?" Fans can also visit Boston's personal website at www.bostonreid.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Brian Tyler , Jerry Coons , Boston Reid , Tony Bettenhausen , Jerry Coons Jr.