Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (March 8, 2018) –
Assembling all the parts and pieces to a new team is no easy task.
But the effort proved worthwhile right away as Aaron Reutzel
raced to a top-five World of Outlaws finish in last week’s
Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team debut at The Dirt
Track at Las Vegas.
After showing substantial speed aboard the Folkens
Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car
only to be foiled by a cut tire on Wednesday night, Reutzel and crew
bounced right back to earn the pole position for Thursday night’s
feature event before posting a fifth-place finish.
“All in all, it was a good way to get started,”
the Clute, TX, racer commented. “Everyone involved
was happy with how things went.”
Saturday’s scheduled card at Perris Auto Speedway
was an early victim of rain. The team stays in
California for World of Outlaws action over the next three weekends
beginning with Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday and Saturday.
The BRM team unloaded at the track for the first
time last Wednesday night (February 28) for the opening leg of the World
of Outlaws FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.
And the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard
Equipment team came out of the box quickly.
“We were happy with hot laps,” Reutzel says.
“But I guess that I made one too many laps, so they penalized us
one lap in qualifying.”
That penalty proved costly.
“That one lap we had, I got hung out in the slick and ruined our lap,”
Reutzel said of the circuit that put him 13th among his
group. “Then our heat was pretty much one lane, but
we were happy with our speed.”
Gridding the “B” Main field sixth, Reutzel rallied
into second in short order only to have a transfer position swiped away
by a flattened left rear tire with the white flag in sight.
“I don’t know if we had it too low to start with
or if we cut it or just what happened, but there wasn’t enough time to
get back out,” the driver of the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing
Suspensions entry explained.
Reutzel began Thursday’s action with a qualifying
effort that was fifth among his qualifying group. “We
went out dead last and still laid down what I thought was a decent lap.
I may have left a tenth or two out there, it’s been a while since
we’ve qualified so I’m still knocking the rust off.”
There was no rust in racing action though, with
Reutzel rallying from fifth to second in his heat race to secure a Dash
“We went from fifth to second in the heat race
with no problem and about passed Brian Brown for the lead,” Reutzel
Reutzel went on to win the Dash to secure the pole
position for the night’s feature event.
“We were good in the Dash, but I felt like we were
just a little bit loose,” Reutzel explains. “We
tightened it up just a little bit, but it was just a little too much.”
With a tight race car for the feature, Reutzel
still managed to put together a fifth-place run to make for a successful
opening pair of events for the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 team.
“I couldn’t quite hit the ledges, and if you’re
off just a little bit with these Outlaw guys, it’ll show,” Reutzel
The BRM team will spend the next three weekends in
California competing with the World of Outlaws before shifting to All
Star Circuit of Champions action in Ohio. And the
California swing gets rolling with this weekend’s pair of events at
Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday and Saturday.
Reutzel has enjoyed some past Thunderbowl success
with a Peter Murphy Classic win in 2015.
“Tulare has been good for me,” Reutzel says.
“Hopefully it’s a get-up-on-the-fence kinda deal.
It if is, then I think we’ll be alright.”
2018 Quick Stats:
2 races, 1 top-five, 1 top-ten.
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