Cavalier driver Reaves targets Atco for return following back surgery. DETROIT, April 30, 2002 - Chevrolet Cavalier drag racer Stephanie Reaves will miss her second race of the year at Englishtown, N.J., on May 4, but expects to be back in her...
Cavalier driver Reaves targets Atco for return following back surgery.
DETROIT, April 30, 2002 - Chevrolet Cavalier drag racer Stephanie Reaves will miss her second race of the year at Englishtown, N.J., on May 4, but expects to be back in her sport compact Cavalier in time for the NHRA event scheduled in Atco, N.J., on May 18. Reaves is recovering from back surgery on April 16 to remove painful bone spurs that also kept her from competing in Gainesville, Fla., two weeks ago.
Reaves developed bone spurs following a non-racing auto accident several years ago. Reaves said she has endured intermittent pain in her back as a result during the past several years, but that it became debilitating as she was preparing to race in Gainesville on April 13.
Reaves said the minor surgery went smoothly and that she is now walking without the discomfort she has endured for several years. Yet she begrudgingly acknowledges the wisdom in resting her back another couple of weeks before Atco.
"I respect GM's decision to give me added healing time and time to test before I actually compete again," said Reaves. "Like an injured quarterback, I just can't wait to get back in the game. The most frustrating part is to have worked so long and hard to get the car set up right and now to see someone else hop in and compete in my place. I truly wish the team all the best, they have worked their hearts out and deserve the best."
Nelson Hoyos, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will again fill in for Reaves at Englishtown, N.J. Hoyos qualified third at Gainesville and advanced two rounds before failing to advance beyond the semi finals. Hoyos has a number of years of experience driving rear-wheel drive dragsters and was most recently an owner of a front-wheel drive sport compact dragster last season.