Edwards and Reid Pass Ten Cars Each Enroute To Two Solid Finishes at The Copper World Classic Phoenix, AZ -- March 22, 2004 -- Carl Edwards and Boston Reid passed ten cars each to finish 9th and 11th respectively at the Copper World Classic at...
Edwards and Reid Pass Ten Cars Each Enroute To Two Solid Finishes at The Copper World Classic
Phoenix, AZ -- March 22, 2004 -- Carl Edwards and Boston Reid passed ten cars each to finish 9th and 11th respectively at the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday.
For Boston Reid, it was his first race with R.E Technologies Racing and his first event in his campaign to grab the title of USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year.
"The Curb Records #35 was great," said Reid "The team did an awesome job in making me really comfortable. We worked on our long runs in the morning and the J&J chassis felt the best that it has all weekend with a full tank of fuel, so I knew that we would be good. We were able to work our way to the front trying different grooves on the racetrack and seeing what these great Hoosier tires will do."
By lap 60 it looked like Edwards was going to be in contention for a top three finish. He passed 14 cars making 5th position before slipping back to 9th late in the race.
"Yea, this weekend was fun," smiled Edwards. "If that had been a 60 lap race we would have been real good. If we were able to work together every weekend, I believe we would be pretty tough in the series."
Many drivers had to deal with extreme temperatures at race time. Edwards and Reid were not immune to the 97 degree heat.
"Boy was it hot out there today," said a soaking wet Reid. "The heat was really tough about lap 38 during a yellow flag. It was so hot but you know you have to sit there and go through it. I have a few burns on my thighs but I am ok."
"Both Boston and I got a little hot in the seat with the heat," said Edwards as he wiped his brow. "But I was having a blast in these cars and that made it worth it."
Edwards and Reid spent time this weekend sharing experiences and giving each other advice.
"Carl makes a great teammate," said Reid. "He helped me out with my lines and had ideas for different ways to move the Silver CrownTM car on long races. He really brings a good attitude to the team."
Dave Steele led from start to finish winning his third straight Copper World Classic. The event registered the largest purse of any event in the history of the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series.
TRUCKING AT PIR
The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year says that he will take what he experienced this weekend in a Silver Crown car and put it to good use when the truck series returns to Phoenix.
"Everything we worked on will pay off when we return this fall in the trucks," said Edwards. "The trucks are a little simpler to drive so this will definitely help. I had a blast and I look forward to doing it again soon."
The next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Edwards and Roush Racing is April 17 at Martinsville.
The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series takes a break before their next race in Memphis on May 8th. The R.E. Technologies Racing team will take advantage for the temporary slowdown to test and prepare for the rest of the season. The team is scheduled to test several times in the upcoming weeks.
R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING ON TV
Boston Reid and the R.E. Technologies Racing team will be featured on a future edition of "Wind Tunnel" on Speed. The television program visited the team's pits at Phoenix on Sunday, to shoot footage for the upcoming program hosted by Dave Despain. Please check www.racingeclipse.com for information on the date of the program when Reid and the team will be featured.
Boston Reid and the rest of the USAC stars will rumble into Memphis for the Big M Motorfest on May 7&8th. The USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series will go head to head with the O'Reilly Sprint Bandit Series Friday night May 7th during the 410 Wingless Challenge. The action includes the USAC Ford Focus Series and a huge fireworks display. Saturday afternoon May 8th, the stars of the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series take to the paved oval for the Memphis USAC 100. Hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected to compete Saturday morning at Southern Rides Autofest, an open car show. For tickets or more information, please call 1-800-868-8406 or go online to www.racingeclipse.com and click on the Big M Motorfest logo.