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EYEING THE PRIZE
Rod Reed Stays On The Hunt for The Championship
Rod Reed may have a total of 29-years racing experience, but he headed into one of the biggest races of his career at PIR’s Season Championships. Where did almost three decades of racing experience start at?
“My dad raced,” Reed responded as to what led to him wanting to get behind the wheel. “When I got old enough, he got me a car,” he added.
Reed’s dad raced at the old track in Mayfield and Reidland Speedway. Reed laughed, “(He) raced the Vintage cars when they were new.”
Reed recalled his dad buying him that first car when he was 15-years old as his first profound memory of racing. “(He) bought it from Randy (Sellars)… I’d go to the track and watch Randy Sellars run,” he added.
While his father obviously played a huge part in the beginning of his career, Reed also credits veteran driver Randy Sellars with having a huge influence on his racing career. “Randy helped me a lot,” he said.
Reed started out racing Late Models in 1984 and ran them through 2006. He picked up his first Feature win at the Mid-Season Championship at Paducah International Raceway his rookie year. When asked how he felt when he picked up that coveted first win, he laughed, “(I) don’t remember. It’s been so long… but lucky I guess.”
By 2007 Reed had ventured into the Open-Wheel Modified Division and once again scored his first Feature win at PIR. “(I) was glad I could still win a race and be competitive,” he spoke of this milestone in his racing career.
While he currently races exclusively at PIR, Reed used to do a lot of traveling on the dirt track circuit including Clarksville; Highland; Benton, Missouri; Glasgow; and Sikeston. Not only has he run those tracks, he has also picked up victories at all of them.
When asked where he sees his racing career five years down the road, Reed commented, “(I) hope my son’s racing, and I’m done… (I’m) getting too old.” While his oldest son, Devan, who is 17-years old, is more interested in music and drums than racing; his youngest son, Carson, who is four-years old, wants to follow in his dad’s footsteps. They are planning on him running Go-Karts next year.
Reed’s wife of five years, Sandy, and Carson come to the track every week to show their support for their favorite driver; and Carson can be found in Victory Lane with his dad. “Devan used to come when I made him,” Reed laughed. Racing also does not leave much time for hobbies for Reed who admits, “Racing is it.”
Reed currently drives the #47 Modified sponsored by Turner Siding and Windows, Gerald Jarvis Construction, Dave’s Electric, Venthall Brothers, D&C Graphics, and Norman Construction. For the 2010 season he had one Semi-Feature win, seven Heat wins, 15 Top-10 Feature finishes, 11 Top-Five Feature finishes, and two Feature wins. He also held the points lead mid-way through the season and finished in the second spot in Championship points standings.
In a stellar career that has spanned nearly three decades, Rod Reed stays on the Championship hunt. Come to Paducah International Raceway on Friday nights and see him battle for another trip down Victory Lane while blazing the trail for his son’s racing career.
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