Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (May 30,
2019) – Reigning All Star Circuit of Champions
titlist Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel
Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team have made a
priority of improving at the Ohio tracks on the
series schedule in 2019.
It would appear to be paying early
dividends with Reutzel driving the Folkens
Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole
Revolution Triple-X entry to All Star victory
lane at both Attica Raceway Park and Fremont
Speedway last weekend.
The team will try to carry that over into
this weekend’s $100,000-to-win Sprint Car World
Championship at Ohio’s Mansfield Motor Speedway.
The three-day tilt kicks off Thursday night
before culminating with Saturday’s championship
“We have momentum on our side going into
it,” Reutzel says. “Now we just need to
take care of unfinished business.”
Last year, Reutzel narrowly missed out on
the $100,000 Sprint Car World Championship
winner’s share with a last-lap slider for the
lead not quite sticking. Reutzel was
forced to settle for runner-up honors.
Reutzel goes into this weekend after a
two-for-two weekend in All Star Circuit of
Champions competition aboard the Precision
Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard
Equipment machine and a likely top-five World of
Outlaws run on Monday night that was cut short
by mechanical woes.
Last weekend began with Reutzel setting an
overall quick time of 12.307 seconds over a
field of 31 competitors at Attica Raceway Park
on Friday night before ultimately earning the
third starting position for the feature event.
Reutzel spent the early portion of the
40-lapper in second before taking command just
after the midway point and then led the rest of
the way for his first series score of the year
aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing
“We were good all night, then we tried
some stuff in the Dash that we really liked,”
Reutzel explains. “"Brock (Zearfoss) was racing
harder than I cared to early in the race so I
was just waiting for traffic. Then he ran
through a rut and spun, giving us the lead.
I knew we had it from there as long as I didn’t
make any mistakes.”
After a Saturday night rainout at Wayne
County Speedway, action shifted to Fremont
Speedway on Sunday with Reutzel timing in
third-quick and then finishing fourth in heat
race action to earn the 11th starting
“We were good in qualifying but I missed
my mark just a little bit and missed being in
the top two,” Reutzel recalls. “Then in
the heat race, it was pretty much one lane on
A fortuitous rain shower changed track
conditions for the feature event with Reutzel
gridding six rows deep.
“Luckily for us it rained and made the
track somewhat technical,” Reutzel says.
“We loosened up a lot for the feature.”
The move paid off, with Reutzel racing
through the field to take command in just 12
laps and then leading the rest of the way in the
40-lapper for his 11th career All
Star triumph and first at Fremont.
“I found the top before anyone else and
was able to pick them off one by one,” Reutzel
recalls. “Once we got out front, I knew we
were in good shape as long as I didn’t screw up
and just kept up a good pace.”
Taking in Monday’s World of Outlaws Sprint
Car card at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway,
Reutzel was right in the mix again by qualifying
second quickest and then winning his heat race
to earn a Dash position. A third -place
Dash finish put Reutzel second row inside in the
Reutzel battled amongst the top five
before mechanical issues at the midway point cut
his race short.
“We tried to make our car good through the
middle for the feature so that we could work
traffic later in the race,” Reutzel explains.
“We were a little tight early but the car
started coming in before we had mechanical
Reutzel took the mishap in stride.
“At least we got that out of the way, I’d
rather have that happen there than this
weekend,” Reutzel says with $100,000 on the
The pursuit of that $100,000 winner’s
share at Mansfield Motor Speedway begins on
2019 Quick Stats:
24 races, 3 wins, 8 top-fives, 13 top-tens.
Next Up: Sprint
Car World Championship at Ohio’s Mansfield Motor
Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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