Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(July 14, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel keeps grinding away in
the Lucas Oil ASCS National championship points chase,
posting another pair of top five finishes in last
weekend’s Grizzly Nationals at Belgrade, Montana’s
Gallatin Speedway to close to within 50 points of the
lead in the $60,000 title chase.
After finishes of third and fourth
at Gallatin Speedway, action resumes for Reutzel and the
Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87
Triple-X Sprint Car team with a weekend double at Black
Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD, on Friday and
“It wasn’t too bad,” Reutzel said
of last weekend’s Montana outing.
It began with a run from fourth to
second in Friday night heat race action to land in the
redraw. “The redraw was important,
you really needed to be in the first couple of rows to
have a chance to get the lead before the rubber laid
down,” Reutzel explained.
Instead, Reutzel drew the eight
pill, putting the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing
Suspensions machine outside the fourth row in the
“I knew I had to be on the gas the
first couple of laps to get as close to the leaders as I
could,” Reutzel explains. “By the
second lap I was running fifth, then the rubber really
Gaining those three positions at
the outset proved beneficial, with Reutzel then
capitalizing on opportunities to climb to third by the
end of the race.
“Skylar Gee got together with a
lapped car to move us up to fourth and then Seth
(Bergman) blew a tire on the last lap to get us to
third,” Reutzel said of the drive that locked the
Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited entry into
Saturday’s Grizzly Nationals finale.
The redraw worked to Reutzel’s
advantage with the driver of the No. 87 Sprint Car
landing the pole position.
Some last minute track work mixed
things up this time though.
“They re-watered the track right
before the feature,” Reutzel says.
“We really had to chase the track around early, it
changed every lap.”
By the fourth lap, some rubber
began to appear on the surface.
“I started protecting in the
rubber, but the top was still a little faster where it
was still wet,” Reutzel says. “It
took about ten laps before the rubber got fast.”
Before then, Gio Scelzi raced by
on the high side. “I went up there,
and then Wayne (Johnson) slid me,” Reutzel relates.
“I slid back a little early and just never could
Reutzel still made another strong
night of it, finishing fourth in the Wright Way
Logistics/Walker Performance machine.
Now, Reutzel and crew are ready
for Rapid City, South Dakota’s Black Hills Speedway.
In four Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour features at
Black Hills Speedway over the last three years, Reutzel
has finished no worse than fourth.
“We have always been fast there,
we just haven’t got the win yet,” Reutzel says.
Reutzel has been climbing upward
with a fourth-place showing at Black Hills in 2015 and
then finishes of second and third last year.
He looks for the top step of the podium this
2017 Quick Stats:
43 races, 4 wins, 16 top-fives, 23 top-tens.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Black Hills Speedway in
Rapid City, SD, on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15.
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