Bill Okell

It was just a short two weeks ago that Victoria’s Josh Reaume took his NASCAR Camping World truck series Chevrolet Silverado to a career-best 16th place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and what a high that was for the 28-year-old Westshore driver.

This past weekend’s effort at the high banks of Talladega Speedway would be a different result, a slight step backward in what has been a steady incline in speed and results for the local stock car racer. With full financial backing from Everfi components and Colonial Countertops for the weekend race, Reaume headed to the Alabama superspeedway this past Friday looking for another solid top-20 result. He failed to get out for the first practice session, but did make the second and final grouping but could muster only a 30th fastest time, well down the leaderboard, especially since only 31 drivers had signed up for the weekend race.

Qualifying wasn’t much better with a 30th starting spot. Next up was the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola, race #19 in the 26 race  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. This would be Reaume’s tenth start this year in the tailgating series, all with Mark Beaver Motorsports. Off of the green flag, for the next 94 laps,  it was a race for Reaume to hang in there as best as he could as the Chevrolet Silverado lacked horsepower and it showed on the long straightaways at the 2.66 mile, Alabama track built back in the early 60’s. The crashes would happen, and

The crashes would happen, and Reaume would avoid them steadily moving up through the field settling in at 21st place, running as high as 20th, just three laps down to the leaders. The next race will be in two weeks time at the shortest track in the circuit at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway, a ½ mile, minimally-banked oval to be held Saturday afternoon, October 28th.

 

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