JEFFERSON, GA -- Following Saturday night’s fourth-place run with the Southern Super Series event at Georgia's Gresham Motorsports Park, the ‘big picture’ became clear for the young Peach State standout.
That big picture, which was put in focus following his fourth-place finish at GMP has he and his No. 41 team ready for one of the crown jewels of short track racing, the World Crown 300, in just three weeks at the Georgia half-mile.
“I feel like we have a really good package to come back with for the World Crown.” said the Acworth, Georgia driver following his top-five run at GMP Saturday.
Although he recorded the fastest lap of the race itself, track position was one factor he felt cost him in the end.
“I think if we would’ve had a little better track position, we would've had a shot at the win. We were running the same lap times as the leader, my spotter said we had the fastest lap of the race, so the car was pretty good.”
A couple of early restarts in the event also hindered Reaid’s bid at running out front.
“You restart on the bottom here and it really bottles you up. A couple of restarts, early in the race, (Daniel) Hemric kind of checked up a little bit, and I had to check up. I got into the 29 (Anderson Bowen) a bit because I wasn’t expecting to check up as much as I did.”
Although fighting some handling issues throughout Saturday’s race, the track itself seemed to be the equalizer as most every car in the field had to deal with ill handling cars.
“This place has really had a lot of grip in the past but tonight it seemed like every one was fighting either a really tight condition or really loose condition. We were free.”
Despite coming up one spot short of the podium, a top five run combined with an upcoming practice session, has the 24 year old feeling confident looking towards the August 9th return to Gresham.
“We’re supposed to come back Tuesday and test for the World Crown. If we have to come back here with this package, I feel pretty good about it.”
In 2013 Reaid picked up his best career World Crown finish of third after leading 42 laps of the event. After a solid run over the weekend, it appears that momentum and luck may be back on the side of the 41 just weeks away from one of the biggest races of the year.
“All in all it was a good night for us. With the luck we’ve had here lately, to just get a finish, maybe that will get our momentum moving back in the right direction.”
The World Crown 300 is scheduled for August 9th at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia, and will be the 12th race of the 2014 Southern Super Series 16 race schedule.
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