Rancho Santa Margarita, California (July 11, 2000) - Craig Raudman, driver of Dave Reed Racing's #2 Yerf-Dog/ITP Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, returns to Los Angeles for the July 16th Ford L.A. Street Race, hoping to pick up where he left off in last year's event.
Raudman finished a close second in the 1999 L.A. Street Race, just .326 of a second behind race winner A.J. Alsup. In the 1998 inaugural event, Raudman finished sixth from a fourth place spot on the starting grid.
The Ford L.A. Street Race will be Raudman's second competitive effort since his April 29 accident at California Speedway. Although he opted to let a backup driver take over for him halfway through the Southwest Series event at Sears Point Raceway last month, Raudman fully expects to run competitively this Sunday.
"I'm back up to speed now. Lots of physical therapy, and just the time to heal, have really helped," Raudman commented. Surgery was required to repair bones in Raudman's left foot that were broken in the April accident.
"The mix of drivers is a little different this year, so it should be interesting," Raudman continued. "We designed the car we're using just for road courses. We used it here last year, and at Sears Point a month ago, and it ran extremely well both times."
Raudman has a strong road course history, which includes wins and top five finishes at Sears Point in Southwest Series and Winston West cars. Although the L.A. Street Race course is fashioned from concrete barriers and temporary fencing, the same road course skills used at Sears Point apply, and should once again keep him at the front of the field
In addition to sponsors, fans, friends and family who will be on hand to support Raudman and the team, Captain Yerf-Dog, mascot for Dave Reed Racing's primary sponsor, Yerf-Dog Fun Karts, is expected to attend this weekend's festivities to encourage the team and meet and greet the fans.
The July 16th Ford L.A. Street Race will be broadcast live by Los Angeles' KNBC 4 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Check out the team's Web site at http://www.davereedracing.com for more information.
Dave Reed Racing operates NASCAR Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring teams featuring Craig Raudman as driver. Raudman's 1999 season results included one win, three top five finishes and one Bud Pole award. He finished the 1998 season in seventh place out of fifteen drivers competing for the Sears Point Raceway Winston West Rookie-of-the-Year Award and thirteenth in the points standings. Raudman finished in the top five in final points standings in four of his past five full NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series seasons.