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Megan's parents accompanied her to the event. The family arrived for the kick off of the pre-production party celebrating the start of the movie. Producer, Kerry Wallum and the crew were on hand. Kathryn Raaker introduced Megan and her family to the crowd. Megan's racecar and portfolio were put on display at the event. Megan was invited on stage to say a few words. She expressed her excitement and appreciation for being given the opportunity to appear in the movie. Megan told a little about her family and her career in racing and welcomed the spectators to ask her any questions. She gave away memorabilia and signed autographs.
The event was held at an authentic Texas ranch. There was a Texan cook out and country sensation, Billy Ray Reynolds and his band entertained throughout the evening. Megan had her first horseback-riding lesson. She said, "It was definitely a different horse power than I'm used to, but I really enjoyed the ride".
The next day the crew and movie cast were off to Texas Motor Speedway where they were joined by Kent and LaQuinta Reitenour, Megan's uncle and aunt, who drove from Altus, Oklahoma to watch her debut.
Footage of Megan and her race team was shot for the entire day. The session started with how Megan prepares for a race, consisting of set up, and making adjustments to the car. Followed by practice, heat races, feature races, and the pre and post driver interviews. Megan finished third in her heat race and sixth overall. She said, "I was pretty pleased with how my team and I did considering we couldn't get the car exactly right and we had never raced at Texas Motor Speedway before. It really is an awesome facility and was a great experience, one which I would like to do again some time soon."
Kerry Wallum, one of the producer's of the movie has been a bull rider and stuntman for the last twenty years. He has been in movies such as, Young Guns II, The Rock, and Die Hard II. He has also been a stunt double for well known stars like, Kiefer Sutherland, Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, and Lee Majors. He said, "Very few things impress me since I've jumped off buildings, done stunt car driving, been set on fire, and made a living as a stuntman and bull rider for most of my life. I was truly impressed by spending the day with Megan and witnessing her abilities on and off the track."
The movie will appear some time in January of 2007. The producers of the movie have already been talking to Megan about having a full role in the sequel, and are discussing a new movie project called, "Border Patrol". Megan said, "This was a wonderful opportunity and experience for my family and me. Anything that helps contribute to my racing career, I'm excited to be a part of. I want to thank Kerry Wallum, Joe Estevez, Kathryn Raaker, Kathy Hardt, Robert and Melva Campbell, Billy Ray Reynolds and all the movie crew and cast, for all their southern hospitality. There truly is nothing like it."
After finishing the movie the Reitnours' took some family time and R&R. They visited Six Flags in Texas for some never-ending need for speed, South Fork Ranch, where the hit show Dallas was filmed, and kicked back at the Willie Nelson & Friends Picnic in the Park Bash. Billy Ray Reynolds provided the Reitenour family with backstage passes where they were able to get a closer look at the performers and mingle with the members of the bands. The concert went on late into the night and the family ended the celebration by watching Fourth of July fireworks.
The following day they drove straight back to Ohio in order to make the race at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio. Kil-Kare is one of Megan's favorite tracks and it was well worth the long drive to make the race. Megan qualified first in her set of Semi-Pro Division drivers and finished forth in the heat race and eleventh out of twenty four participants in Masters, Pro and Semi-Pro Divisions.
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