By Bryan Gapinski
Jerry Coons Jr. drove the Wilke-PAK#11 to a three straight runner-up finishes during the recent USAC National Midget Car Series events at Angell Park Speedway, on Aug. 28-29 and the Firemans Pepsi Midget Nationals on Sept. 4. The three events were promoted by CW Promotions/Chris Wilke.
The finishes have placed the team back into the chase for the 2010 USAC National Midget Car Championship, with nine races remaining. Wilke-PAK is now only 63 points out the lead in Car Owner Points, while Coons trails leader Bryan Clauson by 101 markers in the drivers standing.
This Saturday Night Sept. 18 action will take place at the Ohio’s 1/3-mile paved Columbus Motor Speedway. Following Columbus will be the USAC Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, site of three previous Wilke USAC victories on Sept. 24-25. The Midwest portion of the schedule concludes the following week with three-day Gold Crown Nationals at Tri-City Speedway, outside of St. Louis, Mo.
Leader Card Racers – A Dynasty Of Speed Book Copies available for purchase at Wilke-PAK Race Trailer
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.
Sept. 18 Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway
Sept. 24-25 Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio)
Sept. 30/Oct. 1-2 Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.)
CURRENT POINT RANKINGS
USAC National Midget Series: 3rd
National Midget Driver of the Year: 4th