Bill Okell

It took 10 races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season before Victoria race car driver, Josh Reaume would overcome car crashes, engine failures, mechanical breakages and failures to even make the races, where he would finally put a good weekend together to finish 18th at Madison, Illinois’ Gateway Motorsport Park., this past Saturday evening. Reaume started last in the Eaton 200, 32nd, and made his way steadily through the field driving his family owned Reaume Bros. Chevrolet, Colonial Countertops Silverado and was only one lap down to the race winner, at the checkered flag.

This season has been a challenge for the 29-year-old Westshore Highlands driver as he started his own race team with his father and brother, with the help financial help from  J. C. Racing Inc. Right out of the box, he failed to qualify at the biggest race of the year in February, at Daytona International Speedway and then matched that disappointing result two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway. Reaume is usually a reliable driver but crashes at Atlanta Motor speedway in February, then Martinsville, Virginia in March, followed by a crash at Dover Downs, Delaware in April and tagging the wall in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway, has left the team scrambling at times to keep the bodywork and paint fresh. Then there were the engine and transmission troubles. Many of the ‘Did-not-Start’ were due to engine issues with NASCAR’s new engine. This was the case at Daytona, then engine valve problems at Las Vegas in late March, and more power plant issues at Texas Motor Speedway in May and transmission problems at Iowa put him behind the eight ball for qualifying, going home before the race even started.

It appears as though a corner has been turned just less than five days ago, as his 18th placing,  was his third best race finish, in the three years of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition. His best overall race finish was last year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he drove Mark Beaver’s Chevrolet Silverado to a 16th place after starting 23rd in the 30 truck field. He then backed that up with another 16th place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, just four weeks later.  His next race is this Friday evening at Chicagoland Speedway.