Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (May 18,
2017) – It was exactly the weekend that Aaron Reutzel and the
Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint
Car team were looking for.
Reutzel landed his first win of the 2017
season on Thursday night in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action
at Kansas City’s Lakeside Speedway and then followed that up
with a runner-up finish in the Jackson Motorplex Spring
Nationals on Friday and then a fourth-place run at the Badlands
Motor Speedway $100,000 Silver Shootout on Saturday.
“It was a really good weekend, it was one
we were needing,” Reutzel summed up.
Plans for this weekend call for some MSTS
360-ci competition at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, IA, on
Friday and then either more MSTS competition at Huron, SD, or
Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, pending weather.
Last weekend’s trio of events started off
on a positive note at Lakeside Speedway.
“We had a good draw, got the front row of
our heat race and won that,” Reutzel says.
The redraw worked to the fortune of
Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions
team as well with a front row outside starting position for the
The 2015 Lucas Oil ASCS National champion
took full advantage, jumping out front right away.
“We were just rolling along there, it was
pretty heavy,” Reutzel recalls. “I was just
taking it easy, rolling around the top.”
Sam Hafertepe, Jr., jumped into the scene
to make it interesting for at least a little bit.
“I didn’t really expect him, but I got
back up on the wheel and got right back by,” Reutzel says.
“We were really quick all night.”
With his first triumph of the year in the
books, Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited
team made the journey to Jackson, Minnesota for Friday’s Spring
Nationals at Jackson Motorplex.
It started with a strong qualifying effort
of fourth aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance
“In the heats it was all around the
bottom, I tried to rip the top at the start and it cost me,”
Reutzel said of a sixth-place heat race finish.
Reutzel had still accumulated enough
points to make the redraw, where he pulled an eight to start
fourth row outside in the feature.
“We got to second really quick and ran
down Kerry (Madsen),” Reutzel says. “I got
right behind him and then a caution came out.”
The caution hurt Reutzel’s chance at
making the race-winning move.
“I couldn’t run him down in clean air, we
needed to be in traffic,” Reutzel comments.
With a first and second already in the
books for the weekend, Reutzel and crew traveled west to
Brandon, SD, for Saturday’s $100,000 Silver Shootout at the
Badlands Motor Speedway.
“We missed it in qualifying, but that put
us on the pole of the heat and we won that,” Reutzel says.
It was good enough to put Reutzel in the
redraw again, pulling the seven this time to start inside the
It was a virtual repeat of the previous
night in Minnesota.
“We got to second pretty quick, got to
(Mark) Dobmeier and then a caution came out,” Reutzel relates.
Reutzel had been working the bottom to his
advantage, and Dobmeier had taken notice.
“Dobmeier went to the bottom, then Tim
Kaeding went by both of us up top,” Reutzel says.
With the upper groove coming in as the
race progressed, Reutzel had to abandon the low side that worked
so well in the early going.
“I just had to move up and get in line,”
Reutzel says of what ultimately proved to be a fourth-place
finish that wrapped up a strong weekend for the No. 87 team.
“We had good speed all week, so that’s
always good,” Reutzel wraps up.
It’s speed that Reutzel hopes to carry
into this weekend’s action, wherever weather allows it to
2017 Quick Stats:
29 races, 1 win, 6 top-fives, 11 top-tens.
MSTS 360 Sprint Cars at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, IA on
Friday and either MSTS 360’s at Huron’s Dakota State Fair
Speedway or Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway on Saturday.
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