RWMS Returns to Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds with Coons, Neely LEDERACH, Penn. (May 23, 2007) -- Arguably one of the best races of the young 2007 United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series Presented by K&N Engineering...
RWMS Returns to Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds with Coons, Neely
LEDERACH, Penn. (May 23, 2007) -- Arguably one of the best races of the young 2007 United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series Presented by K&N Engineering season, Darlington Raceway proved to be a major stepping-stone for the RW Motorsports team.
With a seventh-place qualifying run in his C&R Racing HG Associates machine, 2006 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, Mat Neely of Robinson, Ill. ran his line, stayed with the lead pack and was able to cross the finish line in fifth place.
"I really enjoy racing here at Darlington," commented Neely. "The track is fast, and it's a good track for these cars."
Initially qualifying fourth, Tucson, Ariz. native and 2006 USAC National Midget Car Champion, Jerry Coons, Jr. had his time disallowed due to an issue in post-qualifying technical inspection. Coons crossed the finish line in eleventh place after the fifty-lap event.
"It was frustrating to go out there and qualify as well as we did only to have our time disallowed after tech," stated Coons. "The guys were able to get this C&R Racing Stanton Mopar car to the front of the qualifying run, and then it's a small mistake that sets us back."
The historic Hoosier Hundred, an event that will see the green flag for the 55th year, is set to be run at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 25th. With Don Smith of Terre Haute First Financial putting up a $25,000 bonus for the driver that can win at the State Fairgrounds, Springfield and DuQuoin, Neely and Coons now have a bigger rabbit to chase.
"I love running the mile tracks, and last year we were running so well here until we broke a suspension part and it cut our right rear tire down," said Neely. "For Don Smith and First Financial to put up this cash bonus, well, it's safe to say that there isn't a driver out there that doesn't want to win that bonus."
"While this isn't an event that's tied in with NASCAR or the IRL, winning at the Hoosier Hundred carries more prestige in my book," commented Coons. "Not only is it Indy 500 week, but the history behind this track and this race are amazing."
With the RW Motorsports Silver Crown cars prepared by Scott Benic of Benic Enterprises in Fairmount, Ind., there isn't a person on the team that is a stranger to victory lane. Benic handles the crew chief duties on the #17 car driven by Neely and veteran Mike Randol is the crew chief for the #27 machine piloted by Coons.
The 55th running of the Hoosier Hundred will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind. On Friday, May 25th. Tickets for the Hoosier Hundred are available by calling 317-927-1482. Gates open at 3:00 p.m., with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
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- Mat Neely garnered the lone USAC Silver Crown victory for RWMS in 2006 at the Mopar Thunder at the USAC Four-Crown Nationals in September, en route to winning the USAC Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season.
- Jerry Coons, Jr. was named the USAC National Midget Car Series champion in 2006, driving for Wilke-Pak Motorsports. Coons battled to three victories, all on dirt, on his road to the championship.
- RWMS turned to C&R Racing for their expansion to a two-car team for 2007. They also added Stanton's Mopar power to the second car for 2007.
- Benic Enterprises is responsible for the maintenance and preparation of both the #17 and #27 cars for the entire season.
- Coons is currently 13th in USAC K&N Filters Silver Crown series action, while Neely improved to 9th after the event at Darlington Raceway.
- Coons drives a C&R Racing machine with Stanton Mopar Power under the hood, and Neely's car is a C&R Racing chassis with a HG Associates Chevy motor.