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While Kyle Busch was making it two wins in a row Saturday, March 3rd at the 1.5-mile (2.43km) Las Vegas Motor Speedway track during the Boyd Gaming 300, NASCAR Xfinity Series race, it was Victoria’s Josh Reaume, who was driving for a new team that paved the way for his second straight start of the year.

The previous weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity series race was in Atlanta, GA.

For Reaume, who was expecting to simply assist, help and co-engineer one of the Derek White Motorsports cars this weekend, it was a welcome call he got from the Ryan Seig team when their main driver suffered a broken nose while removing the steering wheel from the centre column.

“Late on Friday I got the call to drive the #93 for Rod Sieg Racing. Scrambling we got my seat fitted and had just enough time for one practice lap!,” blogged Reaume (#joshwho?).

unnamedReaume managed only one practice lap before heading into the tri-level, knock-out sessions of NASCAR’s Xfinity Series qualifying. He needed to place the Chevrolet Camaro in 32nd position or better to get into the 40-car starting field, as 42 drivers were entered for the weekend race. With a speed of 179 mph (299/kph), he managed to squeak in at 32nd place.  Off the green-flag start of the 200-lap, 300-mile (486/km) race, Reaume gently slipped back into the field, settling in at 38th place, with the 40 laps complete.

The next NASCAR Xfinity Series race is in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday, March 12th. Reaume is unsure whether he will be in a car, or not, but the UVic grad will be there ready to work or race.

Reaume is unlike any other driver in the sport.

Often described as the “African Squirrel” Reaume started racing kart at six-years-of-age and is a proud 2012 graduate of UVic’s Mechanical Engineering program, which he puts to good use engineering the car he drives in the NASCAR XFinity Series for Carl Long Motorsports. It is unusual that the driver – Reaume – works as the car engineer during the week and races on the weekend too. Reaume may be part of NASCAR’s next generation, but his approach to his career is decidedly “old school.”