Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (March 2,
2017) – It’s a rare opportunity for Aaron Reutzel.
The Clute, TX, racer gets to take on the World of Outlaws
in his home state of Texas for two nights this weekend.
Reutzel and Dissolvalloy Downhole
Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take on the
World of Outlaws Sprint Car series on Friday night at Kilgore’s
LoneStar Speedway and then on Saturday night at the Gator
Motorplex in Willis.
While Friday’s stop at LoneStar Speedway
will mark Reutzel’s first visit to the track since 2012, the
Gator Motorplex has been to Reutzel’s liking with the 2015 Lucas
Oil ASCS National champion going four-for-four in “Nolan Wren
Memorial” action at the track since 2012 including a triumph
“We’ve been really good there in the 360,
hopefully that’s something translates over to the 410 this
weekend,” Reutzel commented.
After taking in the opening trio of World
of Outlaws events in Florida, Reutzel got his first weekend of
360-ci action in the books last weekend at East Bay Raceway
Park’s “King of 360s” Nationals near Tampa.
It wasn’t the weekend the driver of the
Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry had hoped for
after finishes of second and fourth in the most previous
renditions of the event.
“It was pretty bad,” Reutzel summed up.
“We tried a new car,” Reutzel says.
“We planned on it being slick, and that didn’t really
happen. We just tried stuff at the wrong time
to try it.”
Thursday’s card was on a heavy surface
after extensive Wednesday rain. “The first
night, it was greasy all night,” Reutzel says.
“It didn’t really come in until maybe five laps to go in
Reutzel made the most of it by racing the
Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited entry into the feature
before contact from another car prompted an early exit.
The Friday card got off to a better start
for the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance Filtration team.
“We were good in the heat,” Reutzel
relates. “But then it rubbered up in the ‘A’,
so we pretty much finished where we started,” Reutzel said of
Friday’s 12th-place finish.
Saturday’s finale brought conditions
similar to Thursday’s opener. “It was greasy
all night,” Reutzel says.
And the format did Reutzel no favors.
“We started third and finished third in the heat,”
Reutzel said of the heats aligned by qualifying night points.
“But they gave the guys that started further back passing
points, so that moved us back in the ‘B’.”
A rough start to his ‘B’ Main was too much
to overcome. “We got bunched up a little bit
at the start and just couldn’t get anything going.”
Reutzel looks to post some strong runs
with the World of Outlaws in the Lone Star state this weekend.
“Hopefully we can get things turned around
this weekend, we’re looking forward to it,” Reutzel wraps up.
2017 Quick Stats:
13 races, 2 top-tens. (2016 stats: 99 races, 8 wins, 33
top-fives, 50 top-tens)
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at LoneStar Speedway (Kilgore, TX)
on Friday night and the Gator Motorplex (Willis, TX) on Saturday
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