Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (April 13,
2017) – A weekend that includes both World of Outlaws and Lucas
Oil ASCS National tour action is on tap for Aaron Reutzel and
the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X
Sprint Car team after a Texas Motor Speedway weekend that was
highlighted by a podium finish.
This weekend’s pair of events begins with
the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series debut at the Gator
Motorplex in Willis, TX, on Thursday night before Lucas Oil ASCS
National Tour action resumes at Sedalia’s Missouri State
Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum
Racing Suspensions team come off an ASCS weekend that began with
a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night
before a turn for the worse on Saturday ended up in a mangled
“Texas Motor Speedway started good,”
Reutzel summed up.
“We had good speed all night,” Reutzel
said of Friday’s card aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings
“We drew the back of a really stacked heat
and still went forward from seventh to third,” Reutzel recalls.
“They reworded the track right before our qualifier so it
was still pretty one-lane, we worked our ass off to get up to
Set to start third in the main event
behind the front row of Wayne Johnson and Matt Covington,
Reutzel knew his strategy as the track began to take rubber in
“B” Main action.
“I figured I would follow Wayne on the
bottom through one and two and then just stay with him,” Reutzel
says. “If an opportunity presented itself, I
would take it but I was mostly concerned with getting locked
That strategy changed in the opening
“The No. 95 chopped down and got us both
crossed up, we were back to seventh immediately,” Reutzel
relates. “So I had to go all-out then just to
try to get back into a lock-in position in the top four.”
Reutzel drove all-out in the Wright Way
Logistics/Walker Performance Filtration entry to get back up to
third by the time a red flag flew after five laps.
And there looked to be potential problems
for the driver of the familiar No. 87 Sprint Car.
“I looked at the left rear and it was
already gone, I thought there was no way it would make it,”
The 2015 National champion had to adjust
his approach accordingly.
“I went into conservative mode, going as
slow as possible while still staying up there,” Reutzel relates.
“We were still right on them, I could have made a couple
of moves to get out front but I was just trying to run top four.
We just kinda held on.”
Reutzel made that left rear tire last the
distance long enough to cross the stripe in third to lock into
Saturday’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals finale.
“We were really good on Saturday night,”
Reutzel found himself reeling in the
leaders and in contention for Saturday night’s win.
“I made a couple of mistakes with lapped
cars and lost a little ground,” Reutzel says.
“Then a car tried to slide me and got into the left rear and
sent us both flipping.”
It was an unfortunate end to a weekend in
which the No. 87 had been among the fastest cars throughout.
“It killed us in points and destroyed a
car,” Reutzel laments.
Action resumes with the World of Outlaws
on Thursday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, TX, a track
where Reutzel has enjoyed a good amount of 360-ci success.
Reutzel says that experience doesn’t necessarily
translate into an advantage.
“There’s no advantage anywhere racing with
the Outlaws, they’re good anywhere they go,” Reutzel says.
This weekend’s action wraps up with
Saturday’s card at Sedalia’s Missouri State Fairgrounds where
Reutzel knocked down a big win during his 2015 championship
2017 Quick Stats:
20 races, 1 top-five, 4 top-tens.
World of Outlaws at the Gator Motorplex (Willis, TX) on Thursday
and Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Sedalia’s Missouri State
Fairgrounds on Saturday.
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