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TSRS’ Reeder due to win on his home track at THR

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May 9, 2007

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TSRS’ Reeder due to win on his (three-championship) home track at THR


(Austin, TX) – He’s won three Late Model class track championships at Thunder Hill Raceway (Kyle, TX). He won the first-ever Texas Stock Car Spectacular postseason late model race the Kyle track.


Yet, James Reeder (Buda, TX) is still looking for his first-ever victory at Thunder Hill Raceway (THR) while running in a Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS) late model race. The 17-year racing veteran is one of the most popular drivers at the 3/8th-mile D-shaped asphalt track – his name usually draws a big cheer from THR crowds.


The fact that Reeder – who ran about 2-3 TSRS races per season since 2004 – plans on running TSRS full time in 2007 bodes well for his chances of scoring that elusive first trip to Victory Lane at THR. Of course, the fact there are five more races at the Kyle track certainly boosts that chance “mathematically.” Reeder will try again for a checkered flag this Saturday in the TSRS Tommy Darity 75 feature race at THR.


So, James Reeder, what’s it going to take for you to pull your #4 Ceadr Park Body & Frame/Marshall’s Traveland/5th Wall Roofing Monte Carlo into Victory Lane at THR?


“A lot of luck,” chuckled Reeder, who is also supported by All Seasons Air and Longhorn Transmissions. “You have to have everything go perfectly on a given night to win (a TSRS race at THR). That is, unless someone else makes a mistake. But you really have to be nails and hit everything perfectly. A lot of it comes down to the race setup and who hits that perfectly.”


Reeder continued, “The competition (in TSRS) is so good and so close. Look at the top six in qualifying – they’re usually within one-tenth of each other. That makes it a lot harder to pass someone that good, especially when the field starts ‘heads up’ for a race.”


Reeder, who also owns a Street Stock track championship at the former Longhorn Speedway (Austin), wouldn’t mind seeing a TSRS race start the “old school” way – the same way he used to win THR Late Models championships: by having the fast cars start in the back and work their way up the field.


“The pole sitter for each race has a definite advantage at THR,” stated the 46-year-old Reeder, a graduate of (Austin) Crockett High School. “I’m a big fan of starting a race by point average, or inverting of the whole field – like we used to do in the early days of Thunder Hill. That way, the fast cars have to make their way up field and gives the fans a big thrill – and a great race.”


From a driver’s perspective, Reeder explained his theory. “Starting by point average – or inversion of the whole field – gives a driver a chance to beat most anyone – even if someone else is a bit faster, you have a chance to pass them up going through traffic.”


Either way, Reeder admits the high level of competition in TSRS. “All drivers in the series are very good,” he declared. “They’re tough, every single one of them. The young kids have both the talent and equipment; they’re just as dangerous as anyone. The field is so good that anyone can win any race at any time.”


Besides the TSRS Tommy Darity 75, THR will host the Texas Trucks, Pro Modifieds, A-Line Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Road Runners, Lone Star Legacy's, Texas Dwarfs, NASKARTS and the THR Grand Stocks. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate and there’s a $2 discount for Military, Seniors and Police/EMS/Firefighters (with appropriate ID).


Information about Thunder Hill Raceway can be found at the track’s web site, thunderhillraceway.com.


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