Phoenix: Edwards, Reid preview

Two Familiar Drivers Ready To Race at Copperworld Classic Memphis, TN -- March 17, 2004 -- Two familiar shoes are ready to get the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series season underway at the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway.

Two Familiar Drivers Ready To Race at Copperworld Classic

Memphis, TN -- March 17, 2004 -- Two familiar shoes are ready to get the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series season underway at the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway. 2002 USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year, Boston Reid and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader, Carl Edwards are excited about returning to Phoenix with R.E. Technologies Racing.

"I can't wait to go to Phoenix and get my first Silver CrownTM race under my belt," smiled Reid. "We just want a good finish in my first time out."

"I am going into a series that has, what I consider, some of the best drivers on the planet." said Edwards. "The Copper World Classic is special to me because it is the biggest race of the year for USAC and it was the first time that I ever ran a race on pavement."

The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year first ran the Copper World Classic in 2001 and then again in 2002.

"We went there in 2002 and had no clue what we were doing and had no chance at making the show," stated Edwards. "Bobby Seymore helped me out and I made the show. That was really one of the highlights of my career."

Boston Reid attended an Indy Racing League test at Phoenix earlier this year to familiarize himself with the changes in the race track from last spring.

"I know I will learn a lot when we get out there," said the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year candidate. "I have confidence in my Curb-Agajanian team, that we will be able to adapt to whatever adjustments we have to make. I believe we can come out with a good finish."

Carl Edwards ran the redesigned track last fall with his Roush Racing truck team. He says the changes make the track more exciting to drive.

"All of the corners at Phoenix are different. The dogleg makes it exciting and now they have changed the track for a continuous wall down the backstretch. I believe the new wall will make the race more fun to run."

UP TOP

Carl Edwards comes to Phoenix 2nd in points in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Edwards won the season opener in Daytona and finished 7th last weekend in Atlanta. His Roush Racing owned, Superchips team started 9th and finished 4th in the NCTS race in Phoenix last fall.

R.E. TECHNOLOGIES DRIVERS TO APPEAR AT TEMPE SPEEDFEST

Boston Reid and Carl Edwards will sign autographs at Tempe Speedfest on March 18th from 6pm to 8pm. Tempe Speedfest is a free family event presented by Phoenix International Raceway at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona. In addition to meeting Boston and Carl, fans will have an opportunity to participate in interactive displays set up by the Indy Racing League.

"I am excited to meet the fans in Tempe," said Reid. "It is great to be able interact with them and get our names out there."

TURN UP THE RADIO

Boston Reid has been busy off the track the past few weeks appearing on several radio stations throughout the U.S. He first hit the airwaves on WBJG FM 96.5 in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee. Reid was also a guest on Westwood One's nationally syndicated "Focus on Racing Radio." The Indiana native additionally appeared on RSBN. RSBN will provide live coverage of all USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series event this year including this weekend's race at Phoenix.

Reid will be a guest of Jack Arute on "RPM Now" on ESPN Radio, Saturday morning at 7am Eastern. To find your local ESPN Radio station, go to espnradio.espn.go.com/espnradio/affiliatebyshow?show=RR.

For the latest news and information about R.E. Technologies Racing including live results following the race, go to www.racingeclipse.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Carl Edwards , Boston Reid