By Bryan Gapinski, FSC Pictorial
Jerry Coons Jr. drove the Wilke-PAK#11 to a pair of feature victories this past weekend on May 15-16 in Wisconsin.
On Saturday Night Coons led all thirty laps winning the Badger Midget Series event at Wilmot Speedway. Coons also posted fast time during qualifications. The next evening Coons scored a clean sweep: fast time, two heat wins and the feature at Angell Park speedway in a APSARA sanctioned event.
USAC National Midget Series competition continues at midget racing’s fastest oval, The Iowa Speedway on Saturday May 22, as part of an event showcasing all three USAC National series.The team placed fifth in last year’s Iowa Speedway event. A USAC feature victory would break the tie between Steve Lewis and Wilke’s who both have an all-time USAC record of 133 total USAC National feature wins to their credit.
On Saturday May 29 midget auto racing’s second oldest continuous event “The Night Before the 500” will again take place at ‘O Reilly Raceway Park @ Indianapolis, under USAC sanction.
Leader Card Racers – A Dynasty Of Speed Book Copies available for purchase at Iowa & ORP
Leader Card Racers is the remarkable story of one family’s four-generation passion for auto racing. Beginning with a team of midgets before WW II, successful paper manufacturer Bob Wilke, his son Ralph, and now his Grandsons have owned and sponsored winning racing cars on the Championship trail, on dirt track, and currently with a successful return to midgets. The Wilke Family won the Indy “500” three times. Leader Card Racers also has 6 USAC Indy Car National Championships, 2 USAC Silver Crown Championships along with Wilke Pak Motorsports 9 Midget Championship titles.
The book is 10 x 10 inches, hard cover, 235 pages with over 200 pictures, dust jacket, sewn, archival paper and fully indexed. Also included with your book purchase form WilkePakMotorsports.com, you will receive A Complete Victory and Championship Log & Driver Roster. Please send $55.00 + $5.00 shipping, total $60.00 payable to: Leader Card Racers, 901 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Attn: Mark Wilke
Team: Wilke-PAK Motorsports, Milwaukee,Wis.
Driver: Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.
Sponsors: Toyota, Toyota Racing Development, QTM, Autonet Mobile, Gary Stanton, Racing Optics, Speedway Motors, Hoosier Racing Tires, K & N Filters, Schoenfeld, Kwik Change, BMRS, Fuel Safe, Spike, Autometer, DMI, EFI Ignitions, Sanders, Kenny’s Components, Hepfner Racing Products, Behling Racing Equip, Joe Gibbs Racing Oil, Maxwell Industries, Scott Shop Towels, Butler Built, Engler, Afco, Xtreme Fuel Stick.
May 22 Iowa Speedway (Newton, Iowa)
May 29 ‘O Reilly Raceway Park @ Indianapolis (Clermont, Ind.)
CURRENT POINT RANKINGS
USAC National Midget Series: 5th
National Midget Driver of the Year: 1st