CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING FINISHES THIRD IN OWNER'S POINTS MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team tallied their 12th top ten of the season at Kansas Speedway Saturday, giving them...
CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING FINISHES THIRD IN OWNER'S POINTS
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team tallied their 12th top ten of the season at Kansas Speedway Saturday, giving them their first ever top three USAC Silver Crown season ending owner's points finish. Shepherd and the team knew that a top ten finish would lock them into the top three in the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N owner's points. The team spent the early part of practice Friday morning getting the young Canadian driver comfortable behind the wheel of the No. 199. Shepherd worked on improving his speed around the 1.5 mile oval. When it came time to qualify, Peter Shepherd went out early and timed in 7th quick. Shepherd and the team were confident that the No. 199 Ed Pink Ford powered C&R would be fast on race day. When the green flag fell, on Saturday Peter Shepherd began moving to the front.
"We started out gaining spots and I told myself that we had a car that could win the race," said Shepherd. "Several laps later I could feel something was wrong on the rear end."
Shepherd remembered the team's goal of third in the points and soldiered on running all 67 laps to finish 7th.
"After the race the first thing I did was get out of the car and look at the tires," said Shepherd. "I have so much faith in the crew. The car is always well maintained and I didn't think I was making any mistakes. We noticed on post race inspection that the tire was warped a quarter inch which is extremely unusual since Hoosier always gives us great tires at every Silver Crown race."
With Shepherd's 7th place finish Sunday, the Canadian kept his streak of top ten finishes alive. Peter Shepherd finished the season with a top ten finish in every start. He also scored two podium finishes and became the highest finishing Canadian Silver Crown driver in the history of USAC when he finished 2nd at Chicagoland earlier in the season.
"This season was one of the best experiences of my life," smiled Shepherd. "I wasn't even and Open Wheel guy coming into this season. I didn't know what to expect but the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team and the rest of my fellow competitors took me in and gave me guidance. I can't thank the team enough. This is the best team I have run with all of my life."
Peter Shepherd shared the seat of the No. 199 with USAC veteran driver Jerry Coons Jr. and team co-owner Carl Edwards this season. Both Coons and Edwards racked up podium finishes during the season on the team's way to a third place finish in the owner's points.
"My name is in there with a couple of good race car drivers (Jerry Coons Jr and Carl Edwards)," said Shepherd. "I am just happy to have been part of this third place points finish. All three of us have felt that we had cars that could have won races. Things don't always work out sometimes. I know with the way this team operates there will definitely be a win next year."
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES ON TV
The Kansas USAC Silver Crown race is scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel October 14th at 4pm Central Time. The Outdoor Channel will air ten, one-hour broadcasts this season with additional replays scheduled. Veteran racing broadcast icon, Jack Arute will call the race while Rob Klepper will handle the color commentary. Brienne Pedigo will report from pit lane. For a complete TV schedule, please visit our website.