Reutzel Racks Up another All Star Win –
Continues Title Defense with Pair of Events this
Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (July 5,
2019) – Aaron Reutzel racked up perhaps one of
his more impressive wins in All Star Circuit of
Champions competition at Joliet’s Dirt Track at
Route 66 last Saturday.
Then he stormed eastward and picked off a
pair of top-five finishes in Pennsylvania
Now, Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel
Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team resume their
All Star Circuit of Champions with a pair of
events along the Western Pennsylvania / Eastern
Ohio border this weekend at Sarver’s Lernerville
Speedway on Friday night and then Hartford’s
Sharon Speedway on Saturday night.
Reutzel raced to victory lane at both
venues during last year’s championship campaign
aboard the Folkens Brothers
Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution
“We had good runs at both tracks last
year, so hopefully that means we can have
another good weekend,” Reutzel commented.
After the first of last weekend’s pair of
All Star events fell victim to rain at
Illinois’s Jacksonville Speedway, Reutzel romped
to victory lane at Joliet the next night for the
second year in a row aboard the Precision
Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard
And he did it the hard way after a Dash
tumble that had the team prepared to break out
the backup car and start at the tail.
“I got in on the cushion and half spun,
and when you’re going that fast the half spin
turns into a flip,” Reutzel explains.
“When I got back to the trailer, our guys were
already rolling out the backup and it was ready
Further examination made the team
reconsider their options.
“When the car got back, we looked it over
and it was mostly just bolt on stuff so we
decided to fix it and at least hang on to the
eighth starting position,” Reutzel says.
“It turned out to be a really good decision.”
Reutzel wasted little time rallying
through the field and stormed on to an easy All
Star victory for the fifth time this season and
sixth overall of 2019 in the Nattress
Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions
“I got up to third and was closing in on
Paul (McMahan) and I kept seeing Kyle (Larson)
more and more before we had a red,” Reutzel said
before a mid-race red flag occurred.
Reutzel raced into the lead in short order
when action resumed and was well in command the
rest of the way. “We have had a good car
there the last two years, that place has been
good for us,” Reutzel said of the Joliet clay
Reutzel then took in his first of three
legs of Pennsylvania Speedweek competition on
Monday night at Lincoln Speedway and promptly
turned in the night’s quickest time.
A bad redraw for the feature made for a
challenge, with Reutzel ultimately finishing out
the night in fifth.
“We drew the seven for the feature and
then there was always people racing for position
right ahead of us so it made it hard to get
anywhere,” Reutzel recalls. “We finally
had a couple of cautions late and I was able to
get up to fourth. I tried to make a move
after the last caution to move up but it cost us
a spot and we ended up fifth.”
Moving on to Grandview Speedway on Tuesday
night, it was more of the same with early speed
netting a heat race win and a similar feature
redraw netting another fifth place finish.
“It was about exactly the same as
Lincoln,” Reutzel says. “We were good at
times of the race; at one point we were there
with the lead group. It was just hard to
get going anywhere though consistently.”
Reutzel finished out his portion of
Pennsylvania Speedweek at Port Royal Speedway on
Wednesday and ended the night early with a cut
“We missed it some in qualifying and then
had a good heat race,” Reutzel says. “We
were racing for position in the feature and got
into it with someone and cut the right rear
tire, so that was the end of our night.”
Back on the All Star trail this weekend,
Reutzel looks to open his points lead as he
chases a second consecutive series title.
2019 Quick Stats:
37 races, 6 wins, 14 top-fives, 22 top-tens.
Next Up: All
Star Circuit of Champions Lernerville Speedway
(Sarver, PA) on Friday and Sharon Speedway
(Hartford, OH) on Saturday. For those unable to
attend, all three nights will be available live
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