All Star Points Leader Reutzel Closing in on First Ohio Speedweek Title
Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (July 9, 2020) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team retain their position atop the All Star Circuit of Champions point charts as they vie for a third consecutive series championship.
And, not only does the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team reside atop the season point charts, Reutzel and crew are closing on a potential first “Ohio Sprint Speedweek” championship.
With the initial half of Ohio Sprint Speedweek in the books, Reutzel carries a 16-point advantage into the final four races of the hectic slate of Ohio events that includes nine races in ten days.
The final half gets under way Thursday night at Zanesville’s Muskingum County Speedway before moving on to Portsmouth Motor Speedway on Friday and then Hartford’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday and Sunday.
“We just have to keep putting together strong finishes and the points will take care of themselves,” Reutzel surmises.
It’s a habit that Reutzel is in the habit of aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment entry as of late.
Reutzel has reeled off 13 consecutive top-ten finishes including 11 among the top five. Among those are four wins and ten podium runs including his latest pair of triumphs in All Star action at Volunteer Speedway on June 27 and then Sunday’s Speedweek score at Fremont that brought his season win total to ten triumphs.
After a fourth-place showing at Port Royal Speedway and the Volunteer Speedway win three nights later, Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension team took in three nights of Pennsylvania Speedway with another pair of podium finishes at Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway.
“It would have been nice to win one of those, but the competition there is really tough,” Reutzel said after finishes of second, eighth and third. “We were also trying a few different things, so hopefully that will pay off when we go back to those tracks later in the season.”
After an off day, Ohio Sprint Speedweek began in earnest last Friday with Reutzel racing to third at Attica Raceway Park. Shifting to a Fremont Speedway double, Reutzel improved one position to second and then climbed one more step up the podium after racing the Fischer Body Shop machine to victory lane on Sunday night for his tenth win of the season.
“Rough and heavy, slick; we just seem to adapt to anything and it’s pretty cool when you can do stuff like that,” Reutzel explained after taking the win on a slick track. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys.”
After a rare finish outside the top-five on Monday at Wayne County Speedway, Reutzel rebounded from potential disastrous engine issues in the Dash to capture another podium finish of third on Wednesday night at Peeble’s Brushcreek Motorsports Complex.
Reutzel will be looking for more visits to victory lane and a potential Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship beginning on Thursday nigh at Muskingum County Speedway.
2020 Quick Stats: 45 races, 10 wins, 27 top-fives, 35 top-tens.
June 24, Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) – 4th in A Feature
June 27, Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – 1st in A Feature
June 28, Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – Rained Out
June 29, Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA – PA Speedweek) – 2nd in A Feature
June 30, Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA – PA Speedweek) – 8th in A Feature
July 1, Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA – PA Speedweek) – 3rd in A Feature
July 3, Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH) – 3rd in A Feature
July 4, Fremont Speedway (Fremont, OH) – 2nd in A Feature
July 5, Fremont Speedway (Fremont, OH) – 1st in A Feature
July 6, Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH) – 8th in A Feature
July 8, Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (Peebles, OH) – 3rd in A Feature
Next Up: Final half of All Stars “Ohio Sprint Speedweek”:
July 9 – Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, OH)
July 10 – Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, OH)
July 11 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
July 12 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
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