Reeves has a lot to smile about HAMPTON, Ga. (March 5, 1998) It will be difficult finding anyone smiling more than Stevie Reeves this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The driver for the Curb Records team heads to the ...
Reeves has a lot to smile about HAMPTON, Ga. (March 5, 1998) It will be difficult finding anyone smiling more than Stevie Reeves this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The driver for the Curb Records team heads to the 1.544-mile double-doglegged oval for Saturday's Stihl Power Tools 300 as the father of a two-day-old daughter and a car not much older.
Fayth Ann Reeves was born at 11:43 a.m. EST Tuesday morning at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., to Reeves and his wife, Melissa. She joins sister, Whitney, and brother, Hayden, as part of the family. Fayth Ann was 7 lbs., 7 oz. at birth, and 19® inches long. The car is a Chevrolet, the first time Reeves has driven one in NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division competition. The Curb Records team, lead by team manager Brad Noffsinger and crew chief Bob Hayden, opened the season in a Ford at Daytona and Rockingham, then skipped Las Vegas to prepare the team's first Chevrolet. The team will run Chevrolets the rest of the season. "I don't know that winning the race this week could make me any happier than I am now," said Reeves. "Now I would be willing to test that by winning this week but I feel pretty good about life, God, my family and everything else on earth right now. "We're really excited about Fayth Ann. We spelled the name a little differently but the way things are these days, you can't name a kid unless you put a 'Y' in the name somewhere. We really wanted another little girl. Hayden's a great boy and Whitney's a super kid too. She's a great big sister. But we were really hoping for another girl for our last one. We got our wish. "Now I've got to really get to work. With three kids you can't afford to spend a lot of time running 35th. You've got to get near the front. I've got doctor bills, grocery bills and general 'three kids' bills. The price of life just went up in the Reeves' household. At least we had a little warning this was coming. "Changing over to Chevrolet is going to help a lot as far as getting to the front is concerned. It's a change we felt we had to make if we were going to be competitive in the Busch Series. Ford's got a good car but the rules have them choked off at Daytona and Talladega, and I don't know there is much anybody can do to help them. The restrictor plates just do more to Fords than Chevrolets. "This is a very positive change for our race team. We have one car built now and we're moving forward on the others. Brad, Bob and the guys in the shop have been going as hard as they can go to get everything switched over. This is a major deal. It's not like going from a Thunderbird to a Taurus. As detailed as that can be, a lot of things stay the same. Virtually everything has changed from Ford to Chevrolet. Everybody in the shop has been busting it to get the first car ready. And we'll have to keep busting it to get the others ready too. "That helps take us into Atlanta with a really positive outlook. Of course, after watching Fayth Ann being born, it's hard not to think positively about everything. After watching a miracle like that, running really well at Atlanta ought to be a piece of cake. Life's pretty good right now."
Source: NASCAR Online