Glen Reen Builds Momentum in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Young Driver Setting the Path For Success in Modifieds CONCORD, NC (July 14, 2008) -- Since making the switch to full-blown Modifieds from the SK Lights ranks, Glen Reen has had many ...
Glen Reen Builds Momentum in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Young Driver Setting the Path For Success in Modifieds
CONCORD, NC (July 14, 2008) -- Since making the switch to full-blown Modifieds from the SK Lights ranks, Glen Reen has had many people look his way. From winning in the SK Light Modifieds, to making his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut, Reen is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
This past weekend, Reen turned several heads both in and out of the pit area. Those heads turned after his performance in the NASCAR Whelen Modified event at Spencer Speedway (NY) where he brought home a sixth place finish at the unfamiliar track.
"It was a really cool weekend," said Reen. "Things were a little different at Spencer, they didn't do qualifying this week. They did heat races so I was right back in my element after all my races where we ran heats at Stafford.
"We were running fourth in the heat race and I got wrecked, someone walled me. I was able to come back and finish ninth in the heat race which put us 19th starting in the race."
Once his starting spot was set for the race, patience was the key in working his way up.
"We just kind of worked our way up through the race. My spotter kept me on track the whole race. There were sometimes that I wanted to run away with it. He reminded me of what our goal was, which was to stay on the lead lap. There were a lot of wrecks going on throughout the race, and we just stayed clean and kept moving up."
With Spencer being a new track, there were some obstacles that were, literally thrown his way throughout the race, but it wasn't enough to stop the rookie from bringing home his most solid finish thus far in the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour.
"This was the sixth race under my belt, and this race was at a new track for us. Honestly, I had never even heard of this track or seen it before we knew we would be racing here. It is definitely challenging to drive. It's like driving on an old country road. Throughout the race, pieces of asphalt kept flying up from the track every other lap. It would bounce off your windshield and scare you a little bit."
"This is our best finish so far in the NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour, but it could have been a little better. I was in fourth with one lap to go and I made a rookie mistake and went into the corner too hard. I made some contact with another driver and we fell back those two spots."
The loss of those two spots doesn't deter Reen at all from the positives that come out of this event and his sixth place finish.
"This gives a lot of momentum heading into the future," added Reen. "We just have to try and keep the same mental state that we have and take what all we got from this one and just move on into the future."
Reen will be back around the track on Saturday August 2, 2008 when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Riverhead Raceway.