Rancho Santa Margarita, California (October 29, 2001) - It was a truly thrilling moment for Craig Raudman, driver of Dave Reed Racing's ...
Rancho Santa Margarita, California (October 29, 2001) - It was a truly thrilling moment for Craig Raudman, driver of Dave Reed Racing's #2 Yerf-dog Fun Karts/ITPS Chevrolet in the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, and the team when they were presented with a trophy for the 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series NASCAR Touring championship last Thursday night at Phoenix International Raceway.
Raudman needed to finish in 41st place or better in the Albertsons/OSCO Drug 125 at PIR to clinch the championship.
The championship tops a season in which the team dominated the competition in laps led, Bud Pole Awards won, and in the Gatorade Front Runner Award.
Raudman won four races this season, tying in that category with M. K. Kanke, whose season was cut short due to injuries suffered in a qualifying accident prior to the June 23rd Southwest Series event at Sears Point Raceway.
"I focused on winning races this year," said Raudman. "I have been close to winning the championship before, but my mistake was to focus on the points and not on winning races. You have to be consistent, and you have to be willing to take chances. This time, we went in looking to win every race, and it worked."
Raudman continued, "I want to thank the sponsors who have stuck behind us in all our efforts. Yerf-Dog and ITPS were very good to us this year, and our long-time sponsors ERC Fuel, Redline, and Circle Wheels have always been there for us."
"We are really looking forward to Tucson," Raudman concluded. "With all that pressure behind us, we can just concentrate on some good racing."
Team owner Dave Reed is elated to have won his first championship as an owner, especially under difficult circumstances.
"We couldn't have done this without Yerf-Dog's support this year," Reed commented. "They and all of our sponsors supported us during a trying time, and we are thrilled to be able to have won this sponsorship for them."
Reed's business, Advantage Memory Corporation, was severely impacted by the technology crash over the past year. Reed self-funded his team for many years, and co-sponsored his team this year. However, just as they were beginning to see that they had an opportunity to win the championship, Reed's ability to participate in funding his racing effort was drastically diminished.
"I have to hand it to Tracy Norman and the crew, who did such a great job on a constantly shrinking budget," Reed continued. "If it weren't for their resourcefulness, Yerf-Dog's support and Craig's awesome driving talent, we wouldn't have stood a chance. But the team worked hard and pulled it off, and I am extremely grateful to them for it."
Fans can find additional information at http://www.davereedracing.com.
Yerf-dog Fun Karts are available at Sam's Club warehouses throughout the United States and at http://www.samsclub.com.
The Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring concludes its 2001 season on Saturday, November 3rd at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park.
Dave Reed Racing operates NASCAR Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring teams featuring Craig Raudman as driver. Raudman has collected ten wins and fifteen Bud Pole Awards throughout his Southwest Series career, and finished in the top five in final points standings in four of his past five full Southwest Series seasons.