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Coons Dominates Knoxville Midget Event

Chad Deselle,3rd; Jerry Coons, 1st; Davey Ray, 2ndBy Bryan Gapinski Knoxville, Iowa, June 5, 2004--Jerry Coons scored a wire to wire victory capturing the 3rd annual Pepsi/Mountain Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, Saturday Night at the Knoxville Raceway. The event was sanctioned by the ARDC, Badger, MARA, and RMMARA Midget Series. Coons drove the Karl Warnke owned Stealth-Fontana entry.
Coons jumped into the lead of the 25-lap event, and quickly pulled out to a 3 second lead by the fourth lap. One lap later a chain reaction incident happened, with Josh Wise flipping. Wise escaped injury. On the restart Coons led Davey Ray, Chad DeSelle,and Roger Rager. Coons again pulled away from Ray, and held a 2.3 second lead at the midway point over Ray, DeSelle, Kevin Doty, and Brian Gerster. Great racing took place behind the leaders with two,and three wide racing taking place but the attention was focused on Coons and Ray.
Coons and Ray pulled away from the field, and Coons began lapping the tail of the field with six laps remaining. Within two laps Coons's four second advantage was narrowed to three car lengths. Heavy lapped traffic played to Coons's favor on the final lap as he used the high groove with Ray on the bottom of the track. Coons crossed the line 0.82 seconds ahead of Ray. Last years winner DeSelle, Doty, and Gerster completed the top five. Twenty-five cars finished the event of the starting field of thirty.
On Friday Night Coons passed Critter Malone on the final lap to win the King Doodlebug Invitational feature for heat winners, and top finishers from last years major midget events, and series points.

DRAW     HT 1   B-FT-1   A-FT  
1 3 WAELTI 1 RAY 1 CAREY 1 COONS
2 96 BREWER 2 WAELTI 2 BUCKWATER 2 RAY
3 7 MALONE 3 KUHN 3 KENDALL 3 DeSELLE
4 50 DOTY 4 WISE 4 FISCUS 4 DOTY
5 97J RAGER 5 CAREY 5 HESS 5 GERSTER
6 10R ROSSIO 6 ROSSIO 6 SLOTTEN 6 HATTON
7 2I D.CAMFIELD JR 7 FISCUS 7 SINER 7 MALONE
8 31 LEHMANN 8 BOYLES 8 ICKE 8 DROUD
9 51 DURST 9 BRANSON 9 LEATHERBERRY 9 FISCUS
10 95J DESELLE     10 WEYANT 10 BULL
11 7F FISCUS HT 2   11 HESS
12 81 DESELLE 1 STRATTON 12 CAREY
13 40 KENDALL 2 DESELLE 13 KUHN
14 21 JONES 3 BREWER 14 JONES
15 22 BULL 4 WEISENSEL 15 KNEPPER
16 7B BOYLES 5 SHIRK 16 FORBES
17 4 DROUD 6 BUCKWATER B-FT-2   17 KENDALL
18 94 GERSTER 7 LEATHERBERRY 1 DROUD 18 SINER
19 87 SLOTTEN 8 DROUD 2 FORBES 19 GARDNER
20 25 GARDNER     3 HUMMEL 20 BUCKWATER
21 11 RAY HT3   4 JONES 21 WAELTI
22 2K STRATTON 1 MALONE 5 SHIRK 22 BREWER
23 5MA ARMFIELD 2 GERSTER 6 LUEBKE 23 WEISENSEL
24 51H HESS 3 LEHMANN 7 ARMFIELD 24 ENGLAND
25 97 SINER 4 KNEPPER 8 DOYLE 25 SHIRK
26 99B KUHN 5 KENDALL 9 WOOD 26 DOYLE
27 5 BUCKWALTER 6 HUMMEL 27 RAGER
28 18 HUMMEL 7 ARMFIELD 28 DURST
29 15H HATTON 8 DONALDSON 29 LEHMAN
30 12C ENGLAND   30 WISE
31 20S WISE HT4   KING DOODLEBUG      
32 10 LEATHERBERRY 1 HATTON 1 COONS DASH  
33 4D DONALDSON 2 DOTY 2 MALONE 1 RAY
34 23 COONS 3 COONS 3 WISE 2 COONS
35 79 DOYLE 4 DURST 4 HESS 3 DeSELLE
36 30 CAREY 5 HESS 5 GARDNER 4 RAGER
37 20 WEISENSEL 6 WYANT 6 DESELLE 5 GERSTER
38 55 KNEPPER 7 JONES 7 BULL 6 HATTON
39 99 WEYANT 8 SLOTTEN 8 FORBES 7 GARDNER
40 43 LUEBKE     9 FISCUS 8 KUHN
41 71 BRANSON HT5   10 KNEPPER 9 MALONE
42 2 SHIRK 1 GARDNER 11 CAREY    
43 4 WOOD 2 RAGER 12 STRATTON    
3 BULL 13 HATTON    
4 ENGLAND 14 KUHN    
5 LUEBKE 15 RAY    
6 DOYLE        
7 SINER        
8 FORBES