Josh Reaume is back; Bill Okell take series championship
Bill Okell/Christopher Kelsall
With a fresh new engine in his Colonial Countertops Chevrolet Silverado, Victoria race car driver Josh Reaume netted his best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Saturday night, at Gateway Motorsports Park, near Madison, Illinois. The Driven For Lineman 200, race #8 in the series, had Reaume qualifying in 20th spot, a career high, and into the 200-lap race, was running as high as 18th before settling in at 19th place, his best career finish.
Reaume was looking for a good finish as his 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway was short-lived as his engine began going away on the first lap, lasting only 12 circuits before retiring, He officially finished in 29th place, so a good result in Madison, Illinois was imperative for him and the Beaver motorsports, MSG Safety, Chevrolet race team. The race was his fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, with his best finish a 25th back in 2015, followed by a 29th in 2014 and a 30th in 2013.
Next truck race is this coming weekend at Iowa Speedway, a track that he has much experience at, specifically in the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he has run there several times.
Meanwhile Bill Okell got onto the podium for third, but won the series by a single point.
It may not have been very pretty but Okell took a third place finish in the 12th, and last race of the Sports Car Club of America’s US Majors Tour Series, to capture the Western Conference Championship, his first ever,by a single point, on Sunday afternoon at the Ridge Motorsports Park, near Shelton Washington.
While driving the San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering’s Austin Healey, Okell’s near disaster scare took place on Saturday afternoon, in race #11, when the transmission, drive shaft, and rear end differential all exploded at the same time, leaving the team scrambling to put the car back together for his last chance race on Sunday afternoon. Okell beat out Los Angeles’ John Bower in the GT-Lite championship, followed by Englewood, California’s Craig Carter, both piloting Nissan Sentra’s.
This season was a bumper crop year for him with two, SCCA Hoosier US Majors Tour wins at Bakersfield, California, where he also set a new track record, and then just three weeks later at Portland International Raceway Park, his second straight win. Up until that point in the three previous years of competition, he scored just one US Majors Tour win, in 25 starts.
All qualified US Majors Tour drivers, from the six conferences will all advance to the SCCA’s National Championship in the last week of September at Speedway, Indiana’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Okell will compete in two separate races for the National Championship, in F- Production and GT-Lite cars.