Bernal Joins Forces with Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports for this Weekend’s Corn Belt Nationals!

Lonnie Wheatley, KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 4, 2019) – Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal returns to his “traditional” Sprint Car roots this weekend by joining forces with the Knoxville, Iowa-based Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 17 Sprint Car team with an eye on of the $20,000 winner’s share at Knoxville Raceway’s USAC-sanctioned “Corn Belt Nationals”.

The Inaugural edition of the event takes place on Friday and Saturday atop the storied Marion County Fairgrounds ½-mile clay oval.

“Aaron (Reutzel) called me and then I talked to Josh (Baughman), they got back to me and said I’m their guy,” Bernal commented.  “I couldn’t say yes fast enough for a chance to race for $20,000.  And I know they’ll give me a good car with a really good chance to win.”

Bernal has raced at Knoxville Raceway a pair of times in the past in winged Sprint Car competition.  Despite no wingless laps at Knoxville, Bernal is confident that he will be on equal footing with the best in the non-wing business.

“The USAC National guys haven’t raced there that much, so they’re not really locked in at Knoxville in the way that they are at a lot of their other tracks,” Bernal explains.  “It puts us on a pretty level playing field and gives me a lot better shot at winning this one.”

Bernal has spent recent times focusing on the winged Sprint Car ranks, moving the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21 team to the top of the King of the West / NARC 410 Series point charts in California after last weekend’s event at Placerville Speedway.

But, with an idle weekend for the KWC/NARC series, it’s back to non-wing Sprint Car fun with the BRM No. 17 team this weekend.

A winner of numerous USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast and USAC Southwest features in recent years and the all-time win leader in USAC West Coast Sprint Car competition, Bernal looks to collect his first career USAC National Sprint Car win in a big way this weekend.

Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports is powered by invaluable partners including Folkens Brothers Trucking, Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution, Triple-X, Precision Catalyst, Hollywood Blasting & Coating, Beard Equipment, Nattress Construction, Fischer Body Shop, B&H Industrial Products, Momentum Racing Suspensions, Wings Unlimited, Walker Filtration, Bombshell Designs & Graphics and Simpson.

Next Up:  Ryan Bernal in the BRM No. 17 at Knoxville Raceway’s USAC-sanctioned “Corn Belt Nationals” on Friday and Saturday.  Those unable to attend can catch all the action live via PPA at with Saturday’s $20,000-to-win feature also live via PPV for subscribers at

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