DAVE REED RACING: A WINNING TRADITION IN CALIFORNIA RACING
Dave Reed Racing (DRR) founder Dave Reed is not only a successful business entrepreneur building an industry-leading computer memory company, but is also a championship-winning NASCAR team owner.
DRR was founded in 1993 in San Clemente, Calif. The team’s first major event came shortly thereafter with a sponsorship in the 1993 Daytona ARCA series event, with driver (and Dale Earnhardt crew chief) Kirk Shelmerdine. After starting last due to an engine change, the team powered their way to a third-place finish.
Later that spring, DRR began entering miscellaneous late model events throughout California, and in October of 1994 the team made their first NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour (NFSWT) start with driver Craig Raudman. In late 1994, DRR acquired Raudman’s team which would be the beginning of one of the most successful race teams in Southwest Tour history.
With Raudman behind the wheel, DRR went on to win 18 NFSWT races, including the prestigious 2000 LA Street race. In 2001 the team set a NFSWT record with the most consecutive Bud Pole Awards with eight, and would go on to win the 2001 series championship.
Dave Reed Racing has also fielded entries in the NASCAR Winston West, NASCAR K&N West, NASCAR Craftsman Truck, SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and also competed two seasons in Championship Off Road Racing and Legends cars with Dave’s son Austin behind the wheel.
DRR currently fields entries in various super late model events, as well as ARCA Menards East and West series with Austin Reed. The team has race shops based in Redding, Calif. and Denver, N.C. with driver development and arrive-and-drive programs that are available for qualified and aspiring drivers.