Topeka 2 Reaves Story (Pro Bike)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 REAVES JUGGLES MANY ROLES DURING RISE TO PRO STOCK BIKE PROMINENCE TOPEKA, Kan. -- Stephanie Reaves says that her continued improvement as an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 REAVES JUGGLES MANY ROLES DURING RISE TO PRO STOCK BIKE PROMINENCE TOPEKA, Kan. -- Stephanie Reaves says that her continued improvement as an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider is just a matter of time. That's something she can manage as well as anyone in the sport. Reaves, from Gorham, Maine, is juggling many roles as she competes in her second season in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. She has rode the Air Born Coatings Suzuki GSXR on the entire NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule this year and is a career-best ninth in the standings. She also serves as team manager, coordinating such details as travel, team uniforms and media and promotional appearances. She also serves as marketing manager, trying to land major corporate sponsorship for her young team. Reaves, 30, also is a mother to two girls: Jennifer, 6, and Vanessa, 2. "To be able to juggle the family life, the racing life, the business life, it's pretty challenging," Reaves said. "I'm not really where I want to be right now, but we're making progress to get to that point." Reaves will try to continue that progress both on and off the track at the ninth annual, $1,463,750 Sears Craftsman Nationals, Sept. 25-28 at Heartland Park Topeka. The race is the 12th of 14 for Pro Stock Bikes in the $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. On the track, Reaves has moved from 15th to ninth in the standings since March. She has advanced to the quarterfinals at five events this year. That rapid climb while balancing business and family life has caught the attention of many fans, especially women and children. "The response I have gotten has been incredible," Reaves said. "Sometimes you can have more strength than Wonder Woman. It can be done. It's just individual drive and determination."

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