Karter Reents set a goal for his 2021 racing season — to get his first career feature win in his #1 Wissota Super Stock.
The Glenwood, Minn., driver accomplished that on July 9 with a feature victory at Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo. But he isn’t satisfied with just one win, and would love his next one to be at Viking Speedway in Alexandria.
“It's still pretty surreal that I actually won a race,” Reents said. “It doesn't feel super different that I won but I am glad to finally get that out of the way, I'm definitely already focused on winning the next one and would be super stoked to get a win at Viking.”
The Reents name is well known in the Alexandria area. Brothers Gary and Randy Reents are in the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame. They are first cousins to Karter’s father, Jason. Gary was the driver while Randy was his crew chief.
Fittingly, Karter’s super stock carries the #1 Gary made famous at the half-mile.
“It’s really special,” Karter Reents said. “We made it a little different to try to make it unique to us, but we still wanted to carry on the tradition as well. Now I know all the fans see it and know it’s a Reents.”
Reents started in the go-karts in 2010 and ran those for several years before eventually hopping into a car.
“I tried a go-kart once and loved it,” Reents said. “Now we’re addicted to cars.”
In 2019, he hopped into a super stock.
“It’s been a pretty good fit. It seems like it’s the most affordable class to run,” Reents said.
Reents, who works at Marthaler Chevrolet in Glenwood, is in his third year in the supers. He has seven top five finishes in 21 starts this season. Prior to his win on July 9, his best finish was third.
“A lot of fun,” Reents said. “We’re getting better and better it seems like every race.”
The biggest thing to learn in the super stock, Reents said, was how to handle the car on dry slick tracks.
“That’s been the biggest adjustment,” he said.
He’s fourth in the points at Viking, trailing former track champions Jeff Crouse and Trevor Saurer and fellow Glenwood driver Matt Miller.
“Trevor and Jeff, they’re all really tough,” Reents said. “It’s hard to jump into one of these and be competitive. It’s stacked from top to bottom.”
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