Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(July 21, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel had been close plenty of
times before at Black Hills Speedway, only to fall just
a position or two shy of victory lane.
The Clute, TX, racer finally put
the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87
Triple-X Sprint Car in Black Hills Speedway victory lane
by topping last Saturday night’s Lucas Oil ASCS National
Tour “Rushmore Rumble” at the Rapid City, SD, track.
Reutzel’s fifth win of the year
aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions
machine followed on the heels of a runner-up finish in
Friday night’s preliminary feature.
“It was about time,” a relieved
Reutzel said. “I think we’ve led laps
every time there, then always had something go wrong.
This time we finally put it all together, it felt
good to finally get one there.”
With another “W” in the books and
the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points lead well within
striking distance, Reutzel and the Nattress
Construction/Wings Unlimited team will gear up for the
upcoming events in Knoxville, IA, by pulling double-duty
in both the 410-ci and 360-ci ranks at Knoxville Raceway
on Saturday night.
“This is the first time we have
tried double-duty with our own equipment,” Reutzel says
of Saturday’s endeavor. “Now that I
have two full-time crew guys, I think we can make it
Last weekend’s ASCS double at
Black Hills once again found the black No. 87 among the
fastest cars over the entire weekend at a track where he
has finished no lower than fourth since 2015.
“Friday I felt like we had the
fastest car,” Reutzel recalls. “It
was rubber racing, you can only do so much.”
Reutzel made a run at the lead,
but was unable to make it stick.
“Sam (Hafertepe) left the bottom
open so I dove in there, but I couldn’t stop it in the
rubber,” Reutzel says. “He never left
the bottom open again so we rode the rest of the way in
Saturday’s finale offered up
different track conditions with Reutzel gridding the
Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance entry outside
the front row.
“It was a racy track on Saturday
night, it had a top and a bottom,” Reutzel says.
In the early going, Reutzel chased
leader Matt Covington for the point.
“He was setting a good pace,”
Reutzel says. “You get to lapped
traffic there in about five laps, so I knew I just had
to wait for traffic.”
Traffic ultimately worked to
Reutzel’s advantage, as he moved the familiar, black No.
87 Sprint Car into the lead midway through the 25-lapper
en route to victory lane.
“He made a mistake in traffic that
allowed us to get by,” Reutzel recalls.
“Then we just took off from there.”
With his first Black Hills score
in the books, Reutzel turns his attention to Knoxville
Raceway on Saturday night as he tunes up for the
upcoming 360 Nationals and Knoxville Nationals.
2017 Quick Stats:
46 races, 5 wins, 18 top-fives, 25 top-tens.
410-ci and 360-ci action on Saturday night at Iowa’s
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