Bill Okell

I don’t think anyone can ever say that Victoria’s Josh Reaume had any idea of what he was getting into when he and his family decided late last year, to form their own NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. The climb to the top of the performance ladder in tier 3 national stock car racing series, has been a steep one for the 27-year-old Westshore/Highlands transplant driver/engineer.

The rookie season for the father, son, and brothers team is approaching the ¾ mark with race #19 of 23, the World of Westgate 200 taking place this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday and Friday. With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast of the United States, expecting to make landfall in two days very near to where the Reaume Bros. team and the majority of the other NASCAR truck and car teams are housed near Moorseville, North Carolina, then this is a good time to have a NASCAR race on the west coast.

Reaume has competed in 16 races this year, giving up his seat in his race cars three times, to visiting drivers bringing some rental revenue to help assist paying for the escalating costs running a NASCAR truck series team. This weekend’s race will be his first event from back on August 10th when he last competed at Michigan International Raceway, qualifying his Chevrolet Silverado in 30th spot and finishing in 20th place,  one lap down to the race winner. The year has been an up and down ladder for the former South African resident.

Reaume’s best qualifying effort has been a 22nd at Chicagoland Speedway back in June, while his best finish is an 18th placing at Maddison, Illinois’, Gateway Speedway. In comparison to last year where he drove for the Mark Beaver family, his best qualifying result was a 20th back at Gateway Motorsport Park, with his best finish a 16th, and career best in November, at both Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas, ironically where he heads to this weekend.

With a month break for Reaume from the drivers seat, maybe that’s just what he needed to reassess his role and his focus on his driving, as he heads to a familiar race track that he has good results there. Practice takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday with two sessions. Qualifying and the 133-lap World of Westgate 200 mile race is set for Friday evening at 6:15 PST. The race is broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and can be heard on Sirius XM radio on the Motor Racing Broadcast Network.