Gnarly Jerky

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series completed its longest race ever in series history, finishing on Monday afternoon at Martinsville, Virginia, as the Alpha Energy 250, postponed twice from its original starting time on Saturday afternoon, because of 10cms of snow. The green flag fell for 23 laps on Saturday, and was quickly red-flagged and never resumed until the track was clear and dry early Monday morning.

The first alternate plan was to run the remainder of the race on Sunday morning, just before the Monster Energy Cup race, but even more snow fell on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, so both the truck and the Cup race were then postponed to early the next day. Under sunny skies on Monday morning, finishing all 250 laps around the half-mile ‘paperclip’ oval in the heart of Virginia, the eventual race winner was John Hunter Nemechek.

Victoria’s Josh Reaume, 27, has competed in all four of the series races so far this year. He took part in two of the three practice sessions, under sunny skies on Friday afternoon, and hovered around the 24th-26th fastest. He would qualify his family-owned, Reaume Bros. Racing Colonial Countertops Chevrolet Silverado SS in 26th place. A significant note here was that this Chevrolet Silverado was the same truck that was crashed heavily at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earlier on in the year. Now repaired and restored this truck is the real ‘workhorse’ for the team. Reaume had his challenges earlier on in the race when he got caught up in an early multi-truck crash, that would leave his newly restored Chevrolet with significant right side damage. When the race went green, Reaume lost laps to fix the truck and would eventually finish 23 laps down to the winner, Nemechek but managed a 25th placing, his best finish in the season so far. Next race is in early May at Dover, Downs, Delaware.