Austin Reed has made the most of his time in North Carolina. He just completed his first year of mechanical engineering in college, he works at a race shop nights and weekends, and he is currently third in the PASS Pro Late Model standings after eight races. This weekend he takes a break from all three and heads west to compete in the Can-Am "125" at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.
The trip to Evergreen will be his first even though he grew up in southern California and spent many years at race tracks in the west. It will also be his first chance to compete on a track larger than a half-mile, but is confident about his chances this weekend.
Reed will drive the #14 Approved Memory/K&N Filters Chevrolet prepared by NASCAR champion Craig Raudman with Ty Sunkel leading the team effort as crew chief. "Even though this will be my first time at Evergreen, I am really confident about the race on Saturday," Reed said. "Craig (Raudman) prepares really good race cars and my experience this season in the PASS Series has taught me a lot about tire management but how to be aggressive at the same time."
Reed is currently third in the PASS Pro Late Model Series with four top five and seven top ten finishes along with one fast time award in eight races. With just five races left on the 2013 schedule he is focused on making up the 44-point deficit and scoring his first series win.
The PASS Series utilizes a two tire rule at each race and with the races being typically 75-laps, a driver has little time to make a move to the front. The 125-laps this weekend pose a different set of challenges for not only first-time visitors but veterans alike.
Evergreen Speedway, known as the "Superspeedway of the West", is a 5/8-mile slightly banked oval that has fast sweeping turns, long straightaways, and a lot of character since the track was paved in the early 1960's after serving as a horse track for many years.
"Everybody I have talked with about the track has told me it is tricky," Reed offered. "I am just glad to have Craig, Ty, Jason and my dad (Dave Reed) working with me this weekend as they all have a lot of experience. I am really excited to get back to the west coast for a few days and looking forward to a great weekend of racing."
The event at Evergreen will draw some of the biggest names in Northwest Late Model racing and is paired with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. "Growing up a around racing you hear of all these guys and it will be great to finally race against them," Reed said. "Having Jason Jefferson coaching me this weekend means a lot. He has so much experience and knows Evergreen really well. It is going to be a fun weekend."
Joining the team is Operation Restored Warrior (overview in side panel), a military service organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans and their families rebuild their lives after military combat service.
Dave Reed Racing has corporate partnerships with K&N Filters, Approved Memory, AMC Optics, Approved Promo, Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Fluidyne, Freight Train Peters Racing Engines, FOM, K1 Race Gear, Gene Price Motorsports, HeadBlade, N2 Systems, Performance Radios, Ron's Rear Ends, RPMTV, Ringers Gloves, Whipz.
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About Operation Restored Warrior
The mission of Operation Restored Warrior is to rescue, rebuild, and restore what was lost and stolen from our warriors lives. We are dedicated to impart tangible, irreversible change in the hearts and minds of the military warrior in every role that they find themselves – as leaders, followers, husbands, fathers, sons, and friends. To invest in them so that they may live a life which flows from a deep heart that is being awakened, restored, and released in order that they may find their place in the front lines of life once again and to live the life that God alone has called them to.
This involves a willingness and courage to speak. To speak to the man who is wounded in the battle of war and life, to the man who has lost hope, to the man who does not believe there is a life out there worth fighting for or that he himself is not worth fighting for.
Our mission is to raise up these wounded warriors to speak, share, and move with courage and certainty in order that those held captive to their life experiences may be released. Those men who are alone and without hope may receive a new expectation.
Those whose life has been impacted deeply will be the new army to reach those whose lives are yet to be transformed. So they must be given the opportunity and the place to heal. Their own life experiences will be the script, their stories the power, their restored hearts the evidence of things possible.
Our focus is to help heal, restore and release these wounded warriors who are suffering from the effects of PTSD and to validate their incredible sacrifices and set them free to rescue others by the power of their own stories.
We are so grateful for our affiliations with the US military chaplains and all the military men and women serving our country around the world.