Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(July 7, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel is slowly but surely
chipping away at the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points
lead, cutting the deficit to under 100 points entering
this weekend’s double at Belgrade, Montana’s Gallatin
Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy
Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car
team race into Montana off a weekend that included a
runner-up finish in the Fred Brownfield Classic prelim
before settling for 11th in the Saturday
night finale at Elma, Washington’s Grays Harbor Raceway.
Despite a blown power steering
hose that relegated the team outside the top ten for the
first time in six races since June 16, Reutzel closed
the gap to just 91 points as he tries to chase down a
second ASCS National championship aboard the Wren
Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine.
“It wasn’t very long ago we were
more than 200 points back,” Reutzel recalls.
“We just have to keep putting up good finishes.”
Last weekend’s Grays Harbor
Raceway double began with Reutzel advancing from third
to second in his heat race and then redrawing the pole
position for the feature event.
“It got really, really slick for
the feature,” Reutzel says. “The top
was too far around and pretty dirty.”
After getting the advantage on the
initial start, a restart wasn’t what Reutzel was looking
“On the second start, (Matt)
Covington got a better start than me,” Reutzel says.
“He had a better car, he was able to drive off in
Reutzel kept searching around in
the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine and
soon began to close the gap.
“”I found the rubber and got back
to him,” Reutzel explains. “I wanted
to get under him and get by before he realized the
rubber was there. But then he jumped
the cushion and messed up just enough that he saw me
down low and moved down there.”
Settling for second on Friday
night, Reutzel gridded Saturday’s Fred Brownfield
Classic finale inside the second row.
“We tried a few things, we’ve been
struggling with forward bite,” Reutzel says.
“We were way off with our changes.”
“We fell back to sixth at the
start, but then we were able to work back up to second,”
But, after working the Wright Way
Logistics/Walker Performance machine back into a podium
position, trouble reared its ugly head when a power
steering line blew with five laps to go.
Without power steering, Reutzel
still looked to post a fifth-place finish until a final
caution flew along with the white flag.
The caution cost Reutzel another
half-dozen positions with an 11th-place
showing in the final rundown.
“It was going to be a really good
points night, we still gained some at least though,”
Action shifts to Belgrade’s
Gallatin Speedway in Montana this weekend.
2017 Quick Stats:
41 races, 4 wins, 14 top-fives, 21 top-tens.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Gallatin Speedway in
Belgrade, MT, on Friday and Saturday, July 7-8.
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