Bernal Scores Corn Belt Nationals Top Ten Finish with Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports
Lonnie Wheatley, KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 12, 2019) – Making his first start with the Knoxville-based Baughman-Reutzel Motorspots No. 17 Sprint Car team, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal raced to a top-ten finish in last weekend’s Inaugural edition of the “Corn Belt Nationals” at Knoxville Raceway.
Bernal began the weekend by timing in eighth quickest among his group on Friday night as 51 cars made up the field and then earned the ninth starting position after battling to a third-place finish in his heat race.
From there, Bernal raced on to finish out the night in sixth. “It took me a while to get used to non-wing again, but I felt like we finally got going really well those last few laps,” the current NARC/KWS 410-c Sprint Car points leader commented afterward.
With cumulative points for the weekend the name of the game, Bernal secured the 12th starting position for the $20,000-to-win finale with a runner-up finish in his qualifying race after a time trial effort of 14th in his group.
Bernal picked off several positions in the non-stop feature and finished out the weekend with a nonth-place showing.
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