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CHRIS REUTER CHATS WITH DWIGHT
Chris Reuter reacted to my questions in what could be considered normal time and candid response, but Chris Reuter's reaction time on a motorcycle much swifter. Chris was best in the field at an NHRA event, and while I was asking him questions an ESPN film crew summoned him outside to answer a few questions about his prize winning run. Chris returned to his quarters within a few minutes and we completed this interview. Join us as Chris and chat about racing, and oh…I promise… ESPN won't interrupt your reading.
DOB: 4-27-58 BIRTH TOWN: Omaha, Nebraska
HOME TOWN: Gretna, Nebraska
Do you have a nickname?
"People used to call me Rudy."
Who would you most like to be like?
"Never thought about it. (After a moment of thinking) My Grandpa."
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"When on a turbo bike a tire disintegrated and blew off at 167 mph. The seat blew off and the wheelie bar wheels disintegrated as a result. I kept the front wheel straight and ended up stuck in a corn field."
Do you work out?
"A little bit of sit-ups. Nothing too much."
Do you have a special diet?
"I love salads."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"I have a check list of things to go through. We work on the bike and make sure there is continuity."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Not any more. I was the city champ in darts."
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"I like to sit in my garage and work on the bike."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired most for?
"I love helping people. Once in Atlanta I loaned Steve Johnson my gloves. He was at the front, and I was at the back waiting to run. I told him yes as long as I got them back before I ran. He did his lap and got the gloves to me before I ran."
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning
"Other…Making people happy. Being kind to people."
Are you happy?
What could make you happier?
"I like helping my friends getting their businesses going. Mark Robertson Motors. I like to see him have ten pro stock motorcycles using his motors."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"I'd like to see them get rid of all the electronics, and race by the seat of your pants."
Chris just went outside to be filmed by ESPN, and returned in a few minutes with this statement…"I just want to ride the bike."
Chris just won one event for the $2,000 All-Pro/Bumper to Bumper/Auto Value RT Challenge. (Best Reaction Time)
BACK TO THE INTERVIEW
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes
"Yes, and I make passengers wear them too."
What does 185 (or faster) miles an hour on a motorcycle feel like?
"A walk in the park. It's very comfortable. You are in your very own world."
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
"Right here in this truck, driving down the road with the music going. This truck hauls."
Other than racing do you have a full-time occupation?
You're a skilled racer…What skills separate you from the fast traffic on the highways?
"Being courteous. Road rage I don't care for."
What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?
"I liked race cars as a kid. Bikes were less money and go faster."
If you could have lunch with any one in history with whom would you munch?"
If you could make one part of your body stronger, what part?
"I enjoy racing and getting along with everybody. "
Chris Reuter's reaction times will no doubt place him in the running as he and his team proceed. His commitment to racing, his crew and friends is obvious. Chris was also quick to allot time to allow this interview. In finding a final word for Chris I had to dig deep in the word well, as he is generous, agile and competitive. I found an adjective in Webster's New World Dictionary that means cool, sharp and quick in movement. Gary agreed, Chris Reuter is…