Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (April 28,
2017) – With Mother Nature flexing early-season muscle, Aaron
Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87
Triple-X Sprint Car team found themselves at Iowa’s Knoxville
Raceway for last weekend’s 410-ci Sprint Car season-opener atop
the storied ˝-mile clay oval.
While original plans had called for World
of Outlaws action at West Memphis and Pevely, the change of
plans worked out quite well with Reutzel driving the Wren
Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry to a strong
“We practiced on Friday for the first time
there and I’m really glad we did,” Reutzel said.
“We got in our comfort zone, the car had a lot of speed.”
With weather very much in effect again for
this weekend, Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Wings
Unlimited team will take on the World of Outlaws at Indiana’s
Plymouth Speedway on Friday night before determining a Saturday
Following last Friday’s successful
practice run at Knoxville, Saturday got off to a strong start
with Reutzel quickest in hot laps. But it
nearly got away from him in qualifying.
“I made a mistake in qualifying that
messed up both of my laps,” Reutzel explains.
“I was surprised and happy that we were still seventh-quick.”
Reutzel responded by racing from fourth to
win his heat race aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker
Performance Filtration machine. “That’s tough
to do any time there,” Reutzel says. “To pass
quality cars in a short race, you have to be going good.”
With a zero invert, Reutzel was third in
points after heat race action and gridded the feature inside the
second row behind Brian Brown and Kerry Madsen.
“We were a little faster than Kerry, I
tried to slide him a few times for second,” Reutzel recalls.
Reutzel persisted, falling just short.
“I thought I had him one time, and he just barely drove
back by,” Reutzel says of the battle. “A
little bit after that, he challenged Brown for the lead.”
“I wish I could have got by him (Madsen),
I think it would have made for a different race,” Reutzel
Still, a strong third-place finish in the
Knoxville Raceway season-opener is nothing to scoff at and bodes
well for the upcoming season.
“We’re really excited about Nationals now,
we feel really good with the package that we have,” Reutzel
Reutzel finds himself back in World of
Outlaws action Friday at Plymouth Speedway and seeks any place
with clear skies on Saturday.
2017 Quick Stats:
23 races, 2 top-fives, 6 top-tens.
World of Outlaws at Plymouth (IN) Speedway on Friday with
Saturday yet to be determined.
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