Highlands racer snags best finish yet

Josh Reaume avoid a series of wrecks, winds up 23rd in xfinity Series opener at Daytona

Josh Reaume is off to a solid start on the NASCAR xfinity Series.

The 24-year-old stock car driver, who lived in Highlands for a stretch, managed to avoid disaster and finished 23rd overall in the crash-filled Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

The finish was a career best by one placing on the series for Reaume, who drove a dozen races on the former Nationwide Series in 2014, when he placed 24th at Kansas Speedway. Having started in 36th spot Saturday, he completed 115 laps and wound up five circuits back of race winner Ryan Reed.

Reaume, who is signed to drive a full season on the series this year for Obaika Racing, sits 16th in the standings, with Sprint Cup drivers who choose to run the xfinity Series excluded. The next stop on the series, the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, happens this Saturday (Feb. 28).

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