Coons & Wilke-PAK clinch 2007 USAC National Midget Car Series Championship

Milwaukee,Wis., Nov. 11—The quest for the 2007 USAC National Midget Car Series Championship began the first week of February at Manzanita Speedway (Phoenix,Ariz.), nine months later the championship was determined Thursday Night Nov.8 at the Phoenix International Raceway, 15-miles south of Manzanita.

Driver Jerry Coons Jr. driving for Wilke-PAK Motorsports has clinched the title, with one race remaining. For Coons it marks his second straight drivers championship in the division. The Tucson, Ariz. driver has scored 14 midget feature victories this season in various race series, the most since Billy Boat’s twenty feature wins in 1995.

Coons captured five USAC National Midget Car Series feature victories, including the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals Championship in July. Coons has also won the 2007 National Midget Driver of the Year Championship. Coons is also one of two drivers to have won in all three USAC National divisions this season: SIlver Crown, National Sprint Car, National Midget Car.

For Wilke-PAK Motorsports the USAC Car Owners title is their second in three seasons, last season the team fell eleven points short of the car owner championship. The team also won the USAC Car Owner Championship in 1984 and ’88. Only two car owners have more than four car owner titles in the division, during USAC’s 52-year history.

The final event of the season will be the 67th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. Coons looks to improve upon his eighth place finish from last year, and give the team their second career victory in midget racing’s longest running event.

Team: Wilke-PAK Motorsports, Milwaukee,Wis.
Driver: Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

Chassis: Spike
Engine: Gary Stanton Mopar

Sponsors: Gary Stanton Mopar, Speedway Motors, K & N Filters, Schoenfeld, Kwik Change, BMRS, Fuel Safe, Spike, Safety Kleen, DMI, Rod End Supply, Advanced Suspension,Sanders, Kenny?s Components, Hepfner Racing Products, Behling Racing Equip.

Nov. 22 Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway

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