Monday, July 22, 2024

Chevy Reeves: DragChamp Racer Spotlight

Chevy Reeves is in this week’s DragChamp Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA- Chevy Reeves first got behind the wheel of a Junior Dragster back in 2010 when he was just 10 years old. As he turned 16, he wasted no time, leaping into the world of full-size dragsters, and immediately he fell into the rabbit hole of big dollar bracket racing. With parents like Rob & Kimberly, who have owned and operated RAD Torque Raceway, the largest motorsports facility in western Canada for 26 years, it’s no surprise that motorsports were a natural part of Chevy’s life from the beginning.

Chevy typically competes within the NHRA Division 6 Series under the Top Dragster label. However, promoter held bracket races is where he really enjoys spending his time. Edmonton’s RAD Torque Raceway is his home track, featuring multiple $20,000+ race weekends, but he also enjoys traveling throughout Western Canada and Western United States.

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Race Cars

He currently drives a 2014 TNT Supercars dragster that was hand painted by Sideshow Fabrication & Paint. It currently has an Aluminum block Sunset 632, N/A setup that runs 4.50’s (7.20 in ¼ mile). Chevy’s second car is a 2012 American Race Car, running a Sunset 632 Nitrous Queen Engine combination.

Major Accomplishments

  • 2017 Top Eliminator Rookie of the Year
  • 2020 (x2) Fury Fuel 1/8mile Shootout Winner
  • 2021 Western Classics $20k Champion
  • 2022 WestCoast Classic $20k Champion
  • 2022 “The Classics” $10k Points Champion

Chevy’s Q&A

What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?

I’m very comfortable with my current setup and don’t have any aspirations on ramping up performance to a large degree in the Top Dragster/Bracket class. However, I have been looking into potential Pro Modified options within the next year or two and exploring the multiple races and sanctioning bodies attached to the class.

What is your favorite race car, and why?

It’s tough to pick between the TNT and the American. I’ve won in both and I’ve absolutely sucked in both! But the 14’ TNT is the go-to solely for the reason of appearance. My good friend, Chris from Sideshow Paint and I got together to make a weird, non-traditional scheme that’s different from all the others out there.

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

This list is endless! When I was young my parents were great friends with Terry McMillen of the Amalie Top Fuel team. He was always welcoming and great to me, leading to an early love for the sport! Lately, the entire team from RAD Torque Systems has been supportive, friendly, and fun as hell to hang around! Dan Provost and Chris Gulitti really took me in, helped out, and gave me great advice within the past 2-years.

Who do you look up to in the sport?

There are so many bad dudes out there now! Massey, Gulitti’s, Foley, Ezell! Being able to watch them all year round really puts what I do into perspective! They have been doing it for so long, have won everything under the sun, and are down to earth guys at the end of the day. Being Canadian really shortens my ability to race as much as I’d like, so when the snow flies up here I’m watching those dudes turn laps!

Tell us what you do for a living?

I am currently the general manager at Edmonton’s RAD Torque Raceway. This position comes with multiple duties, reactive scenarios, and revolves around all thing’s motorsports. There certainly is no job description for my position! Traditionally, I oversee event planning and promoting, partnership and sponsor relations, event ticketing and social platforms. But our full administrative team is becoming a well-oiled machine, and the facility grows every day. 

How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?

My old man and I buy/sell oilfield, industrial, and power generation equipment through private sales, auctions, etc. Nothing better than finding good deals to support the addiction! Sponsors of course go such a long way, and I make sure I treat them as well as they treat my racing passions and I.

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

Every time I travel stateside, I love finding new people to talk to, hook up with some friends I haven’t seen in a while and enjoy the pit side action. 

Do you love to win or hate to lose?

I hate losing, if I do something stupid to lose a race or make a mistake that should never happen, I’m pissed! I’m just glad people can’t hear the things I say while I’m in the car ahaha! Winnings great too! But I love seeing my buddies win or go rounds just as much as I do myself.

Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?

Lately, my success has all been at the top end rather the tree. I haven’t given anything back very often this season at the top!

What motivates you to continue racing?

I think being around people like minded, and with similar passions is what gets me active. There’s nothing better than being around folks that you understand and understand you, while being able to have good and healthy competition in my life.

How often do you use a practice tree?

I suck on the tree lately, so I just bought a new porta tree system (using the drag champ pro discount code… go sign up) So now I’m using it regularly.

Favorite music, artist?

Anything 80’s rock. Motley Crue, Metallica, Poison. The list goes on.

Where do you spend the most time on the internet?

I get lost in bracket racing BS through facebook quite a bit! But enjoy posting pictures and videos of race weekends and events on Instagram (@chevyvan1)

Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?

If I’m not racing, I’m working! Being involved in a large-scale family-owned business, my life revolves around our facility! When the time comes to sneak away from it all, I’m making plans to head to somewhere to spectate an event or look at some positive takeaways shown by various promoters that we can implement for our fans and racers.

What are you really good at?

Besides being a badass mofo? I was an art student throughout high school so I’m quite fluent in graphic design, illustrations, and painting.

Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?

I’m a homebody. Give me a night of peace n’ quite any day.

What’s your favorite thing to eat?  Individual item, meal, or restaurant?

I love some good authentic Chinese food. But give me a good Canadian poutine any day and I’ll be happy.

Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?

This is a big list, but that’s because everyone on it is so important to my racing success and personal success! So, settle in.

  • My parents (Rob & Kimberly) for getting me immersed in the world of motorsports and supporting my passion for drag racing. My Brother Colin for media and support, and Cousin Mike for on track help and support.
  • RAD Torque Systems and Dan & Tammy Provost for the incredible support they have provided over the past 2-3 years. The opportunities presented to me because of these two are beyond incredible. “Thank you’s” are not even close to what they deserve!
  • Chris from Sideshow Fabrication & Paint for sponsoring the custom paintwork on my dragster and being a guy who’s got my back for the last 10 years. A genuine human!
  • Chopmyrate.ca for coming on board as a sponsor this year and being an absolute pleasure to be around at any given race weekend.
  • MakLoc Buildings. A company and personal family friend who has supported my racing, my business, and my brothers early drifting program.
  • Patriot Plumbing for early commitment and support of my racing program.
  • Timberhaus developments for their support and friendship over the past 3 racing seasons.
  • Fuelled Up Photography for capturing iconic images, media creation, and great friendship!
  • Of course, all my friends at RAD Torque Raceway and beyond who I spend time with, support me, and have my back whenever I need! The ones who tell me things I need to hear and never beat around the bush are the true people I have the pleasure to know.

What is a piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring racer?

When I began racing, I picked one or two people to help me learn the ropes. I see so many new racers with a full top fuel team around them and I’ve seen them get overwhelmed by the information overload! Me included. Bracket Racing is a very independent sport at times. When you’re in the car, it’s all on you to determine how the race will play out. I believe aspiring racers need to trust and listen to themselves more so then people around them. You make your own luck!

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