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Midget Racer Led 50 Laps to Capture the DuPont Gold Crown Nationals

K&N sponsored Jerry Coons Jr. and the Wilke-PAK Motorsports took home the prize purse in one of the highest paying midget races of the season, the DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals.

DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals dominated by Jerry Coons Jr. at Tri-City Speedway
DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals dominated by Jerry Coons Jr. at Tri-City Speedway
Coons won the Gold Crown at the Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. The event showcased 61 of the best midget teams in the country. They competed for over $90,000 in purse money, with a 28 car field receiving $1,000 to participate in the A-main. The USAC National/POWRi co-sanctioned event paid $15,000 to the feature winner.

The USAC National/POWRi co-sanctioned event paid $15,000 to Coons
The USAC National/POWRi co-sanctioned event paid $15,000 to Coons
Coons rolled into Victory Lane after leading all 50 laps from start to finish at the inaugural event. He drove the USAC national midget with a 4-cylinder Gary Station engine powered by Mopar. It weighs about 900 pounds and puts out 385 horsepower.

“We use K&N products because we get better filtration and horsepower,” said Chris Wilke, of Wilke-PAK Motorsports. “We’ve been a family team since the 1930s and have used K&N filters long before we were sponsored by K&N.”

The Gold Crown Midget Nationals showcased some of the best drivers from around the country and was one of the last USAC events of 2008.

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