April 28, 2014, THOMASVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (ISN) – 23 year-old Redlands, CA native Josh Reaume finished in the 30th position in Friday night’s rained delayed ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway, driving the #23 Lilly Trucking Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing.
The full-time Nationwide engineer made his driving debut in the series, rolling off of the grid from the 37th position. The race was held on a green speedway under foggy conditions after a more than two hour rain delay.
Reaume avoided an early race accident down the backstretch, and ran within the top 30. During the lap 40 competition caution, Reaume diagnosed a tight condition and took out some wedge during the pit stop.
The rookie ran as high as 24th before falling to 31st after a lap 127 pit stop. Continuing to fight a tight condition, Reaume battled hard with series veteran Derrike Cope in the late stages of the race before settling for a 30th place run at the end. The race was a small victory for the Rick Ware Racing team, as the finish moved them into the top 30 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner’s points.
“We had a really good car on the long run and chased down a lot of good cars and passed them, but unfortunately the last set of tires was not what we needed,” Reaume said. “Just right from the get-go they were tight. Wish we had a better finish but I’m happy all in all and got our first one under our belts.”
Reaume also carried sponsorship from Colonial Countertops, as part of a multi-race associate sponsorship program, Contractor Rush, Islandnet.com Webhosting and Design, Cry of the Outcast the book, and Pray for Your Pastor in Friday’s debut.
Reaume is tentatively scheduled to continue on to Dover International Raceway in late May, while Rick Ware Racing will continue its season on May 3rd at Talladega Superspeedway in the Aaron’s 312.
Driver Points: 43rd
Owner Points: 30th
(Photo courtesy of Action Sports Photography)