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Bill Okell

Victoria race car driver Josh Reaume is focussed on a big goal. The last two seasons competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, for other race teams, has given him the inspiration that he would like to build and form his own race team. Early this year Reaume Bros. Racing was formed with father, John, and brothers Jeremy, Josiah and Jonathan.

Building a race team has been a challenge as they prepared one Chevrolet Silverado in a modest new garage facility in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

With three races into the year, the results have been growing and encouraging. February’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway was disappointing as they failed to qualify, racing with a NASCAR-built motor, that was grossly down on power. With the apology in hand from NASCAR, they headed next week to Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a new engine, for race #2 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

This time, Reaume qualified the Colonial Countertops Chevrolet Silverado in 24th place and raced as high as 22nd before crashing into the back straightaway wall.

Then on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third race of the season, with a qualifying spot of 25th place. The race was solid for the 27-year-old Highlands driver as he ran as high as 20th before the valves softened in the cylinder head and he dropped to 25th place. With three weeks off, for needed equipment and race car upgrades, the team now heads to Martinsville Speedway, in the heart of Virginia this weekend for a Saturday afternoon race, the Alpha Energy 250, race #4 in the 26 race long season.

As is the case for many start-up race teams, long days and short nights have challenged the family-run racing business. Josh Reaume now has payrolls to meet, sponsors to organize and travel plans to finalize running from race to race. The Reaume family has always supported him in his ventures, and this is just another day at the races. Practice for this weekend’s racing gets underway Friday afternoon, with qualifying and the 250 lap race set for Saturday afternoon.