Rancho Santa Margarita, California (May 16, 2001) -- Craig Raudman, driver of Dave Reed Racing's ...
Rancho Santa Margarita, California (May 16, 2001) -- Craig Raudman, driver of Dave Reed Racing's #2 Yerf-dog Fun Karts/ITPS Chevrolet in the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring and NASCAR Winston West Series, met all his goals in his last race, the May 6th Starnursery.com 250 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Proving once again that his was the car to beat, Raudman collected his third Bud Pole Award and first win for the 2001 Southwest Series season.
With the challenge of this Sunday's Sunstate Equipment Company "100" at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo., looming ahead, Raudman and the team are preparing themselves for what they hope will be another successful run.
Another Bud Pole Award and a strong finish would be especially meaningful this weekend, as Raudman has run only one race at Pikes Peak, a Winston West event several years ago.
"Our only race at Pikes Peak was in 1998, so, we'll essentially be starting from scratch," Raudman said of this weekend's event. "We're preparing to show up with a fast car, hopefully win our fourth pole this season and win the race. That's what we're after. We feel we've got the car set real good, and we'll take it from there."
Team owner Dave Reed would like to see a strong performance as well. "We believe we will be welcoming a new sponsor to the team within the next few days. It would be great if we could start the relationship off with a good finish."
The Sunstate Equipment Company "100" at Pikes Peak International Raceway's one-mile paved oval starts at 4:45 p.m. this Sunday.