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Wilke-PAK's Jerry Coons Jr. Wins 29th Annual USAC 4-Crown Nationals

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Wilke-PAK driver Jerry Coons Jr. has already claimed two USAC Mopar Midget National Championships in 2006 and 2007.
Wilke-PAK driver Jerry Coons Jr. has already claimed two USAC Mopar Midget National Championships in 2006 and 2007.
The Wilke-PAK Motorsports family has a long and storied racing lineage, with their historic involvement in IndyCar racing, which includes three Indianapolis 500 wins and six IndyCar Series titles. The Wilke family name is in fact synonymous with American racing history, dating back to the 1930s. They also rank fourth in all-time USAC Midget Series feature wins, with well over 200 victories thus far.
Coons Jr. now has a victory in all three USAC Divisions of the 4-Crown event.
Coons Jr. now has a victory in all three USAC Divisions of the 4-Crown event.


Jerry Coons Jr. recently drove his number 11 car to victory at the 29th annual USAC 4-Crown Nationals, USAC National Midget Car Series event at Eldora Speedway, inking yet another entry to the Wilke-PAK record book. The victory was the fourth for the team at the famed 1/2-mile dirt oval.

"Anytime you win a race at Eldora, it's big," remarked Chris Wilke, owner of the K&N sponsored team. "Eldora is the kind of a track that takes a perfectly tuned race car and incredible talent behind the wheel."

Eldora Speedway, also known as The Big E and Auto Racing's Showcase since 1954, is located just outside of Rossburg, Ohio.
The K&N sponsored Wilke-PAK Motorsports team already ranks fourth in all-time USAC Midget Series feature wins, with well over 200 victories.
The K&N sponsored Wilke-PAK Motorsports team already ranks fourth in all-time USAC Midget Series feature wins, with well over 200 victories.


"It's referred to as the 4-crown, because they run the three USAC National Divisions - Midgets, Sprints, and Silver Crown cars, along with another class of racing that is outside the USAC sanction, such as the World of Outlaws all in one weekend," explains Wilke."

"This was big for Coons, as it gave him the Midget win, allowing him to have a victory in all three USAC Divisions for the 4-Crown event. We are second in points currently heading to our final races out on the west coast in November. We are in very good shape to make a run for the championship, and we have high hopes for the next couple races. Jerry also has a good opportunity to catch the points leader."

Following the race at Eldora, the Midwest portion of the season concluded last week, with the three-day DuPont Gold Crown Nationals at Tri-City Speedway, outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Coons and Wilke-PAK won the event in 2008, with last year's event falling victim to rain.

Coons Jr. drove the Wilke-PAK number 11 to three top five finishes in this year's three-day Gold Crown Nationals at Tri-City Speedway. Coons finished fourth in the opening night feature. The following night Coons led the first 14-laps before finishing second. The final night saw yet another fourth place finish. Wilke-PAK remains in second place, only 62 points out of the lead in Car Owner Points, while Coons trails leader Bryan Clauson by 98 markers in the drivers standing.

Wilke-PAK Motorsports has also won six BMARA Midget championships and ten Pepsi Nationals victories, and they've done it with seven different drivers. The final four USAC events will be run in California during the month of November.

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