Reagan May will remember this past Saturday night as one of the biggest highlights in her racing career. May became the second female driver in the history of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series to win a feature event.
The Michigan Tech mechanical engineering student led all 40 laps en route to her biggest win as she dominated round five at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
“It was cool to pick up a win in the TUNDRA Series,” the 20-year-old driver from Green Bay, Wisconsin said. “It was a goal of mine to win in my rookie year. But to do it at a track I have never raced at before was awesome.”
May qualified 10th and won her heat, then started on the outside front row for the 40-lap feature.
After battling side-by-side with Brad Keith, she would get a good run out of turn two and take the lead.
“We had a caution with 20 laps to go, and I didn’t like that. We had a good lead,” May told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “On the restart, we would choose a lane and I chose the outside. Many told me after the race that they thought I made a big error because the inside line is preferred line. But the car got a good run on the outside that we were able to keep the lead on the restart.”
May took the checkered flag and a big celebration started in victory lane.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe that it was happening.”
The win was not just a victory for her, but for the entire May family.
Reagan’s father, Kip, has been the driving force behind her racing career. She and her brother Parker have been racing for most of their lives starting in go-karts and working their way up to Super Late Models.
Parker is now focused on competitive paintball, but Kip and mom Brenda are very involved in the racing program.
“My dad has always supported me in everything I have done from school to racing. He puts a lot of time and effort and busts his butt to get us out there every week,” Reagan May said. “My mother has learned to set my tires up for me, and she has become a real good tire person.”
Reagan is in her fourth year of running Super Late Models with what has pretty much been a family program. Late last year, Dalton Zehr and the Coleman Racing team jumped in to start helping with May’s efforts.
“Dalton and the Coleman guys have really helped our program,” May explained. “They have really helped us especially with how we should set up our cars. Dalton’s parents have helped my parents with their duties at the track. When they started to help, things really turned around.”
Reagan said that seeing her father coming to victory lane on Saturday night made the win more special.
“The best part was seeing the smile on his face in victory lane,” May recalled. “I think he was more excited than I was. I was still in shock. It is awesome to have the family support.”
Last month, Reagan picked up her first ever Super Late Model feature win at Marshfield Motor Speedway in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The TUNDRA victory was the second in her career.
Reagan May is part of a group of female racers winning Super Late Model events in Wisconsin.
Last year, Paige Decker became the first female to win a TUNDRA Series event at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin. Paige’s sister, Claire Decker, won the Dick Trickle 99+1 event last Tuesday at Marshfield Motor Speedway. Natalie Decker is also winning races in the Limited Late Model division at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin.
“The Deckers and us all raced together in go-karts and it is still awesome to race against them today,” May said. “It’s great to show the fans that we all can do well in a male dominated sport. But, I just want to be seen as another racer. When we all put our helmets on, we are just drivers.”
May is also aware of the role model she is becoming to aspiring young female drivers.
“There was quite a few girls who came up to me after the race at La Crosse on Saturday night,” May said. “It is cool to talk to them and hear that they want to be like me someday.”
What was the most memorable thing about Saturday night?
“After the race, a girl came up and handed me a picture she drew. Her father told me that she drew it before qualifying. The picture has a car with the No. 33 on it and a checkered flag. I am taking that picture and going to have it framed to put it next to my six-foot tall trophy.”
– By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
Top Photo: Eamon Bauman, TUNDRA Super Late Model Series