Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Team looking for redemption at Tulsa
by Race Author, R.E. Technologies Racing
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The R.E. Technologies Racing team is looking for redemption this weekend at the O’Reilly Tulsa 100 presented by Flowmaster at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex. Last year, the team had a strong run at the Motorplex qualifying second quick. The R.E. Technologies Racing team maintained their top three position, easing the Curb Records machine around the ¾ mile track. The race was cut short due to track conditions and the team finished third. This year, the team is aiming to claim the Golden Driller trophy and their first win in the USAC Silver Crown™ Series.
“Tulsa is a great place to go racing,” said Jerry Coons Jr. “Emmett (Hahn, promoter) puts on a first class show no matter what he is doing.”
The driver of the No. 191 Hemelgarn 91/ Johnson Motorsports/ R.E. Technologies Racing entry should know. Both he and the driver of the No. 35 Curb Records, R.E. Technologies Racing machine, Boston Reid competed in the 18th Annual O’Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals in January. Coons won the Friday night feature. Both drivers recorded top thirteen finishes on the final night.
Last season, the O’Reilly Tulsa 100 drew a large crowd for a first time event. This year’s event will be run under the lights at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex.
“The facility at Tulsa is first class,” said Coons “The track is a neat ¾ mile dirt oval. I have no doubt that Emmett will have the track in the best condition for the race.”
For Reid, it is his first trip to Tulsa ¾ mile oval. The Indiana native says, he is excited about the challenge.
“I am glad that we are in the portion of our season were we are racing week after week,” said Reid. “We are still working on getting that monkey off of our back and sooner or later we are going to.”
Live coverage of the O’Reilly Tulsa 100 on www.retechracing.com begins at 5pm with Live Realtime Qualifying at 6pm central time.
DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE
Discounted tickets for this weekend’s non-wing open-wheel USAC racing action at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex, including the Second Annual USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown series O’Reilly Tulsa “100” presented by Flowmaster, are available at all Tulsa-area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. Fans can get $2 off general admission tickets to both next Friday’s Night Before the “100” USAC Valvoline Sprint Car Series event and Saturday’s O’Reilly Tulsa “100” by visiting any Tulsa-area O’Reilly’s.
Additional information about the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex and this weekend’s non-wing doubleheader is available by calling 918-838-3777 or by visiting our website www.retechracing.com, clicking on the schedule portion of the site and clicking on the words “Tulsa Fairgrounds Speedway.”
COONS PULLING TRIPLE DUTY
Besides driving for R.E. Technologies Racing, Jerry Coons will be busy this week piloting the No.69 Hoffman Racing USAC Valvoline National Series sprint car. Coons will begin his dirt track weekend Wednesday night at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO. On Friday night, the Arizona native will get an early look at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex surface as he pilots the No.69 Kroger/ Tide/ Bounty/ Pringles car around the ¾ dirt oval. Coons will fill in for Tracy Hines who is competing at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in New Hampshire. The Hoffman Racing team is in second place in the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series owner’s points.
COONS SECOND IN EARL’S POINTS
Jerry Coons Jr. now trails first place Dave Steele by twelve points in the Earl’s Plumbing Fast Qualifier points after qualifying outside the pole at the Ted Horn 100 at DuQuoin. Coons earned his second place spot by grabbing the poles at Richmond and Springfield and claiming the second quick qualifying position at DuQuoin. The Arizona native trails first place Dave Steele by only 12 points.
“We need to have a quick time and a second quick time at the next two races to pass him,” said Coons. “There are a lot of good cars out there that can take the pole at Tulsa and Eldora. It is going to be tough to catch him but we have a good team. We will give it our best shot.”
The Arizona native is only entering nine out of twelve Silver Crown™ events this season. The USAC Silver Crown™ Car Earl’s Plumbing Fast Qualifier Champion will be honored at USAC’s Champions Night ceremony in Indianapolis in December. The USAC Silver Crown™ Fast Qualifier champion will receive $5,000.
BOSTON GOES BUSCH RACING
Boston Reid finished 37th in his first ever NASCAR Busch Race Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Reid qualified the No. 87 ditech.com Chevrolet 24th quick Thursday afternoon for the Emerson Radio 250. The Logansport, Ind. native grabbed 24th position on his second lap around the famed .75 mile oval.
When the green flag fell Friday night, Reid eased the No. 87 ditech.com Chevrolet around the speedway gaining experience. Around lap 135, Reid’s Chevrolet spun. The No. 87 car was then struck by another car ending his night.
Friday’s start marked only the fourth stock car race of Reid’s young career. In addition to competing at Richmond, Reid is scheduled to compete at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 15 and Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 30.
ON THE WEB
R.E. Technologies Racing 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 Boston’s thoughts in the Driver’s Audio section. This week’s Fan Poll question asks: “Who will win the O’Reilly Tulsa 100: Bud Kaeding, Boston Reid, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Walker, Bryan Tyler or Dave Darland?” Fans can also visit Boston’s personal website for video from DuQuoin at www.bostonreid.com.