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Iwuji to Make 1.5-Mile Truck Debut at Las Vegas

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent

United States Navy Lt. Jesse Iwuji will make his 1.5-mile debut in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Lt. Iwuji will drive the No. 34 Fueltrax Chevrolet Silverado for Reaume Brothers Racing.

To date, Iwuji has just two starts on 1.5-mile tracks, both in the ARCA Menards Series. In both races, the U.S. Naval Academy Graduate failed to finish. At Charlotte Motor Speedway, he was swept up in an accident, while at Chicagoland Speedway, engine problems sidelined him after just eight laps.

Reaume Brothers Racing made it’s debut last year and has made 22 starts with seven different drivers in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The organization’s best finish, sixth, came at in the 2019 season opener at Daytona International Speedway with co-owner Josh Reaume surviving the carnage. In seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks, the team has a best finish of 21st at both Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.

Iwuji made his Truck Series debut with the Reaume Brothers last year at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. He started 31st and finished 25th. Iwuji made his oval debut a few weeks later at ISM Raceway with the Mittler Brothers, starting 32nd and finishing 27th.

Last year, Iwuji made history at Daytona when he became the first U.S. Naval Academy graduate to compete in ARCA competition. In total, he has six starts in the ARCA Menards Series with a best finish of 15th at Talladega Superspeedway.

To this day, Iwuji still serves his country as a member of the United States Naval Reserves.

Iwuji announced the news via his Instagram page.


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😬SPONSOR ALERT!! We’re racing in Vegas! What a huge blessing this has been to bring these folks in! Everyone welcome the latest partner onboard for my first 2019 NASCAR Truck Series start of the year: FOLLOW THEM>>@FuelTrax <<FOLLOW THEM Fueltrax is a Houston, TX(Go #Texas😄) based company that has developed some great fuel management software for merchant marine ships and us on currently over 250 ships around the world! 50% of their business is in Western Africa, namely Nigeria where my family is from! What a great fit and opportunity to connect my nautical life, racing, and heritage all together! Be sure to check out their IG page! (Designed by @skylineracing93 | Racing the #34 w/ @rbr_teams ) #nascar #fueltrax #lvms

A post shared by Jesse Iwuji (@jesse_iwuji) on Feb 22, 2019 at 1:12pm PST

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.