Andrew Reaume’s late season prowess continued with a career best finish at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, last Saturday.
The Blenheim driver finished fourth in the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Nationals championship race.
And his fourth-place finish was good enough to finish second in the Eldora Late Model points standings.
It has been a series of ‘firsts’ for Reaume over the last six weeks of racing.
Reaume won his first career feature in the United States on Sept. 1 when he took the checkered flag in the American Late Model Series at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio.
One week later, he made history by becoming the first Canadian to ever make the ‘A’ Main at the World 100 at Eldora. Reaume finished 16th after being involved in a crash with eight laps to go while battling for 11th.
He continued his ‘September To Remember’ by making more history at South Buxton Raceway - the first driver to win three UMP Late Model Shootouts.
Reaume led all 35 laps in the ‘A’ Main on Sept. 29 in Kirk Hooker’s car, as his own machine was still under repair from the World 100 crash.
And he started October with an impressive showing in the UMP DIRTcar Nationals.
“The World (100) is still number one … but this is pretty big too,” said Reaume, comparing his Eldora feats.
“But … I should have had a second,” he said of Saturday’s race.
“We were having problems with the carburetor, it didn’t want to fire on restarts,” he explained.
“We were losing two spots on every restart.”
Reaume finished second in his heat and fell back to 11th in the early laps before moving into the top four past the halfway mark.
He passed Wayne Chinn, of Tipp City, Ohio, and Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Ill. to move into second on a couple of occasions, only to give the spots back after the caution waved.
“It felt good to pass Chinn and Shirley like that … I don’t know if I’d have gotten (Jason) Feger though,” he said of the eventual race winner, from Bloomington, Ill.
It was Reaume’s first time in his rebuilt car and said “the car was perfect, it was definitely a second-place car.
“But we just have to figure out what’s up with the carburetor and why it won’t go on restarts,” he added.
Reaume finished second to Jeep Van Wormer, of Pinconning, Mich., by five points in the final Eldora season standings.
Van Wormer finished one spot behind Reaume in the ‘A’ Main.
Reaume was considering running the Florence Fall 50 this weekend in Kentucky.
His season concludes at the World Finals in Charlotte, N.C. Nov. 2-3.
Several other South Buxton Raceway regular drivers made the trek to Eldora for the UMP Nationals.
Chatham’s Don Gordon earned an ALMS provisional for the Late Model ‘A’ Main and finished 18th out of the 29 starters. He finished ninth in both his heat and ‘B’ Main.
Leamington’s Justin Coulter won the second ‘B’ Main to earn a transfer spot to the ‘A’ Main, where he finished 13th.
Other notables included former Shootout winners Brian Ruhlman, who finished seventh, and Curtis Roberts, who was 11th.
Another former Shootout champion, Chris Ross of Charing Cross, broke an axle tube early in the day and scratched from his heats.
Chatham’s Gregg Haskell, the 2012 Glencoe Auto Recyclers UMP Late Model points champion, finished seventh in the ‘B’ Main and ninth in his heat but did not qualify for the ‘A’.
The Modified portion of the UMP DIRTcar Nationals drew 130 entries including five South Buxton regulars. None, however, made the ‘A’ Main.
Louisville’s Jim Fletcher, the 2012 UMP Modified Shootout winner, finished ninth in his heat and ninth in his ‘B’ Main, the highest finish for locals.
Wallaceburg’s Drew Smith was 12th in his ‘B’ Main after an 11th in his heat.
Merlin’s Brad McLeod, an eight-time track champion at South Buxton, and Leamington’s Joel Dick were both 14th in their heats but scratched from their ‘B’ Mains.
Chatham’s Louis Clements suffered a mechanical breakdown in hot laps and scratched for the day.
Former South Buxton Sport Stock champion Tim Richardson, of Comber, was 11th in his heat but did not start his ‘B’ Main.
Two other part-timers as South Buxton this year, Scott Mackenzie, of Maidstone, and Clayton Smith, of Taylor, Mich., finished 11th and 16th respectively in their heats and did not run their ‘B’ Mains.
Nick Hoffman won the ‘A’ Main ahead of David Mielke, of Gladwin, Mich., who finished third in the UMP Modified Shootout
Jeff Babcock, a Shootout veteran, was third while Ruhlman, who was second to Fletcher on Sept. 29 after winning the first four South Buxton Modified Shootouts, was fifth.
There were eight heats and four ‘B’ Mains to set the field for the 28-car Modified ‘A’ Main.