Reutzel Reroutes to
Knoxville this Weekend after Opening All Star
Campaign with Pair of Top-Fives
Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (April 19, 2019) –
Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel
Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team opened up
their All Star Circuit of Champions title
defense in strong form by posting a pair of
top-fives in last weekend’s events.
Originally on the way to Attica Raceway Park for
another pair of All Star events, inclement Ohio
weather has redirected the Folkens Brothers
Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution
Triple-X team back to Iowa for Saturday night’s
season-opening card at Knoxville Raceway.
“It’s always good to be able to get in an extra
night or two at Knoxville before the Nationals
just to see where we’re at with the car and what
we need to do to be ready in August,” Reutzel
Last weekend’s originally-slated four-race set
got under way at Virginia Motor Speedway with
Reutzel timing in second-quickest and needing
nothing more than a top-five heat race finish to
lock into a Dash. However,
engine problems late in the heat race raised the
degree of difficulty for the night.
Reutzel and the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood
Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment crew
responded though, making repairs and then
charging from the 22nd starting
position in the feature event to post a top-five
finish. And Reutzel felt it
could have been better if not for a late
skirmish with a lapped car.
“We were really fast and we came right through
the field,” Reutzel recalls.
“I think we could have been right there in the
mix for the win if that lapped car wouldn’t have
pulled that stunt.”
Even after the contact, Reutzel recovered and
regained a pair of lost positions to open his
All Star title defense with a fifth-place
After Friday’s round at Williams Grove Speedway
in central Pennsylvania fell victim to rain,
action continued on Saturday night at Port Royal
Speedway with Reutzel driving the Nattress
Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry
to another strong finish in fourth.
“We missed it a little bit in qualifying, but it
worked out and put on the front row of our heat
race,” Reutzel explains.
Reutzel made the most of it, winning his heat
race and then scoring a third-place Dash finish
to secure the fifth starting position for the
30-lap main event.
Reutzel stayed among the lead pack throughout
before ultimately taking the checkered flag in
“We couldn’t quite get off the corners that we
needed to in the feature,” Reutzel says.
“That really kept us from being able to
contend more for the win, but at least we were
able to get away with a good finish.”
Following another rainout on Sunday at Bedford
Speedway, Reutzel and company left the opening
weekend of All Star Circuit of Champions points
action a close second in points.
Now the team looks to get dialed in at Knoxville
Raceway on Saturday night.
2019 Quick Stats:
19 races, 1 win, 5 top-fives, 10
Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night.
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