Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (March 22, 2018) – With
Mother Nature dominating the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Sprint Cars California swing thus far, Aaron Reutzel and
the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team
hope to get on the track one more time before traveling
back to Ohio to begin their pursuit of the All Star
Circuit of Champions title.
With the Wednesday card at Placerville nixed days in
advance and Friday’s event at Watsonville’s Ocean
Speedway falling victim as well, all that remains
standing is Saturday’s Cali finale at Bakersfield
“We need to get one of these in,” the driver of the
Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole
Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car commented.
Thus far, California rain has washed out four of
six scheduled events.
After debuting the newly-formed BRM team at Las Vegas,
the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting &
Coating/Beard Equipment entry has performed superbly in
California with Reutzel bagging his first career World
of Outlaws win at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on March
9 and then marching towards another strong finish at The
Stockton Dirt Track last Saturday (March 17) before
suspension woes forced him pitside.
“It was unbelievable,” Reutzel says of his first World
of Outlaws triumph at the Thunderbowl Raceway.
“It was the same thing that I did for the Peter
Murphy win, I just kind of held position early and then
found the top and got rolling. Once I
got by (Donny) Schatz for second, I figured that had to
be the hardest part right there.”
After that, Reutzel battled past Cory Eliason for the
win in the closing laps. “The main
thing was I didn’t want to show him the top of three and
four,” Reutzel recalls. “After I got
by him, I was happy that I got by the lapped cars right
away, I knew we had it then.”
With the following night at Tulare rained out and then
last Friday’s Stockton opener awash as well, track crews
managed to get in the Saturday card.
“The track caught us by surprise all night,” Reutzel
says. “We never could quite adjust
for the racetrack.”
Reutzel still timed in seventh among his group aboard
the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions
entry to grid fourth in heat race action.
“Outside was the place to be and we had two good
starts get called back,” Reutzel says.
“Then a car on the inside wrecked and we had to
It proved costly, with Reutzel dropping to fifth early
before battling back to finish fourth, putting him 17th
in the feature lineup.
“We loosened up a little bit for the ‘A’”, Reutzel
relates. “They scraped the track and
it was lockdown heavy.”
Reutzel was on the move though, making it up to tenth
when a left rear shock broke.
“We changed it and got back out,” Reutzel recalls.
“We didn’t have another one like the one that
broke though and what we put on wasn’t working so we
pulled off after a few laps.”
It was another night that the BRM No. 87 showed
impressive speed. “We had just passed
the car that finished seventh when that shock broke,”
Reutzel explains. “I feel like we had
a car that could have run up as far as fifth.”
Reutzel gets one more California chance on Saturday with
his first visit to Bakersfield Speedway.
“It looks badass, a tight little bullring,” Reutzel said
after scouting out the track in videos.
“It should be a fun one.”
2018 Quick Stats:
4 races, 1 win, 2 top-fives, 2 top-tens.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars at Bakersfield
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