Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(April 12, 2018) – It begins for real this weekend.
After fervently working over the
last several months to establish a new team and getting
in some early season race action with the World of
Outlaws, Aaron Reutzel and the newly-formed
Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team
begin the pursuit of the All Star Circuit of Champions
Sprint Car championship with a set of events this
And, after last weekend’s pair of
scheduled All Star cards in Ohio were washed out, it all
begins in Posse territory for the driver of the Folkens
Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution
Triple-X Sprint Car.
“I love racing there, the fans are
incredible and the competition is tough,” Reutzel says.
The weekend kicks off at Central
Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg
on Friday before moving on to Port Royal Speedway on
Saturday and then shifting westward to Bedford Speedway
Opening the season with a handful
of World of Outlaws events on a rain-plagued West Coast,
Reutzel picked off his first career WoO win along the
way before making a last-minute decision to take in
three Posse territory races last weekend at Williams
Grove, Port Royal and BAPS Motor Speedway.
“It was a last minute decision,”
Reutzel says. “The weather cleared up
enough and we left Friday morning.”
The Precision Catalyst/Hollywood
Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment entry showed good
speed each night that wasn’t necessarily reflected in
finishes of 16th, 12th and 17th.
With a points handicap format in
effect at Williams Grove, Reutzel started at the tail of
the final heat race in his first visit of the season to
the storied half-mile clay oval. “I
felt like we were fast at the Grove,” the driver of the
Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry
Being in the final heat race
proved to be problematic on this night though.
“The motor started missing, then there was a
quick intermission before the feature and we didn’t have
time to figure out what the problem was,” Reutzel
explains. “It just turned out to be a
broken spark plug, but that cost us the night.”
After drawing the last position
for his Saturday night heat race at Port Royal, Reutzel
was once again on the move. Reutzel
advanced in his heat race and then raced into fifth in
the feature before spinning after trying to slide into
“We were really good, I just made
a mistake,” Reutzel said of the Port Royal outcome.
The former ASCS National champion
came out strong at BAPS Motor Speedway as well, winning
his heat race and then leading the early portion of the
“We led quite a few laps, and then
I chose the bottom on a restart,” Reutzel recalls.
“If I had known it was Lance (Dewease) in second,
I probably would have taken the outside instead.”
While Dewease took advantage of
the outside, Reutzel kept pace.
“I stayed with him for a while,
then I got to racing some other cars and wrecked it,”
Reutzel says. “Hopefully we have that
out of our system.”
Reutzel gets right back at it this
weekend by returning to Williams Grove and Port Royal
before making his first visit to Bedford Speedway.
“I’m just ready to get back to
racing every week, we’ve had enough of the bad weather,”
Reutzel wraps up.
A busy season awaits Reutzel and
the BRM No. 87 Sprint Car team with a full slate of
nearly 50 All Star Circuit of Champions events along
with a healthy dose of World of Outlaws competition
mixed in as well.
2018 Quick Stats:
8 races, 1 win, 2 top-fives, 2 top-tens.
All Star Circuit of Champions at Williams Grove Speedway
(Mechanicsburg, PA) on Friday, Port Royal (PA) Speedway
on Saturday and Bedford (PA) Speedway on Sunday.
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