Indy IRP: R.E. Technologies preview

THREE STARS TO DRIVE FOR R.E. TECHNOLOGIES AT IRP Memphis, Tenn. -- August 2, 2005 -- Three of the best drivers to climb behind the wheel of an R.E. Technologies Racing Silver Crown car will face one of the toughest Silver Crown fields Thursday...

THREE STARS TO DRIVE FOR R.E. TECHNOLOGIES AT IRP

Memphis, Tenn. -- August 2, 2005 -- Three of the best drivers to climb behind the wheel of an R.E. Technologies Racing Silver Crown car will face one of the toughest Silver Crown fields Thursday night at the J.D. ByRider 100 Indianapolis Raceway Park. Newly crowned Belleville Midget Nationals Champion, Jerry Coons Jr. will pilot the No. 35 CURB Records/ Valvoline/ J&J/ Gaerte Chevrolet powered machine. Hendrick Motorsports Busch Series driver, Boston Reid returns home to drive the No. 135 J&J Silver Crown car also with Chevrolet power. Roush Racing NASCAR superstar, Carl Edwards returns to the team to drive the No. 191 TMC Transportation/ Ford Racing Silver Crown car with Ford power under the hood.

The three drivers tested with R.E. Technologies Racing at IRP in July with good results. The team hopes to take those results and record top finishes for all three cars.

"I really think we learned a lot testing," said Boston Reid. "Carl (Edwards), Jerry (Coons Jr.) and myself were all working together, trying to make each other faster."

Reid will use his knowledge gained from testing to the max this week. The Indiana native and his R.E. Technologies teammate Carl Edwards are pulling double duty at the .686 mile paved IRP oval. Edwards says, he is looking forward to working with his R.E. Technologies Racing teammates and this weekend.

"Roger and Chris and all the guys at R.E. Technologies are awesome," said Edwards. "They are great people and fun to be around. They definitely have what it takes to win races. I think their talent and equipment coupled with a Ford powered engine will make for a great combination at IRP. I'm also looking forward to having Boston and Jerry as teammates this week. They are both really great race car drivers and together I think we have the potential to run really strong for R.E. Technologies."

The driver of the No. 191 TMC Transportation Silver Crown car has been to victory lane at IRP before. In 2001 Edwards won a Baby Grand, stock car series race and in 2003 won the Power Stroke Diesel 200, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

"IRP is such a great race track." Edwards continued, "I've been fortunate enough to win there a couple of times and I'll never forget what that feels like. I think the best I finished there in a Silver Crown car was third so it would be awesome to be able to go back and win at IRP in the USAC Silver Crown Series, that would be a great accomplishment."

In addition to racing the No. 191 TMC Transportation/ Ford Thursday night and the No. 60 Charter Ford in the Busch Series race at IRP Saturday night, Edwards is scheduled to pilot the No. 99 AAA Ford at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Tickets to the J. D. Byrider 100 on Thursday and the 24th annual Kroger 200, Benefiting Riley Hospital for Children on Saturday are on sale at IRP or by calling 800-884-6472.

TMC TRANSPORTATION TO SPONSOR CARL EDWARDS SILVER CROWN CAR

TMC Transportation, the flatbed-transportation leader joined with Hemelgarn 91/ Johnson Motorsports and Ford Racing to sponsor the No. 191 Carl Edwards R.E. Technologies Racing Silver Crown car driven by Carl Edwards at the J.D. ByRider 100. The car will carry the famous black and gold TMC logo with Ford power under the hood. TMC Transportation is the largest privately held flatbed-trucking company in the nation. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, TMC hauls freight throughout the eastern half of the United States.

BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA FOR BOSTON

Boston Reid returns to his "home track" this weekend to drive for R.E. Technologies Racing and Hendrick Motorsports.

"I am really excited for the whole weekend and the whole event," said Reid. "It is unbelievable getting to race in front of the home folks. IRP is such a neat facility. It is such a prestigious race for the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series."

Reid will have two opportunities to win in front of the hometown folks. Thursday night, the Indiana native will drive the No. 135 Silver Crown car for R.E. Technologies Racing. Saturday night, Reid will pilot the No.57 Hitachi Power Tools Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports at the Kroger 200, Benefiting Riley Hospital for Children

COONS WINS BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS

Jerry Coons Jr. won one of the biggest midget races of the year Saturday night in Kansas. Coons won the Belleville Nationals for the first time in his career. The Arizona native qualified the No. 25 Venture Midget third quick Friday night with a time of 18.384. He finished second to USAC Triple Crown Champion Dave Darland in the Preliminary Feature Friday. On Saturday night, Jerry Coons won the Pole Dash giving him the pole for the feature. When the green flag dropped on the feature, Coons stepped on the gas and led all 40 laps to claim his first Belleville Nationals Feature win of his career. The win propels Jerry Coons to second in the USAC National Midget Series points. In 1996, he won the preliminary feature at the Belleville High Banks.

FAN POLL

Who will win the "J.D. ByRider 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park? Vote now by going to www.retechracing.com and clicking on the Fan Poll icon.

LIVE J.D. BYRIDER 100 WEBCAST

Live coverage of the "J.D. ByRider 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take place August 4th exclusively on USACLive.com. USAC Live provides exclusive live timing and scoring as it happens as well as text updates through a unique Live Window on the website. USAC Live also provides stories and photo coverage of the event. USACLive.com is your home for exclusive live coverage of the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series for the 2005 season. The 200-lap Busch Series race will air live on Saturday, August 6th beginning at 7:30pm on TNT and MRN Radio affiliates. The Allstate at the Brickyard NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race is scheduled to air live on Sunday August 7th beginning at 1:30pm on NBC and MRN.

ON THE WEB

R.E. Technologies Racing's 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 the driver's thoughts in the Driver's Audio section. Fans can also visit Jerry Coons' official website at www.jerrycoonsjr.com. Fans can visit Boston Reid's official website at www.bostonreid.com. For more information on Carl Edwards, the No. 60 Charter and the No. 99 AAA team log onto www.roushracing.com. For more on TMC Transportation, please visit www.tmctrans.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Carl Edwards , Jerry Coons , Boston Reid , Jerry Coons Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports