(Photo courtesy of Shannon Dyce
Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (August 3,
2017) – Coming off the heels of a $10,000 triumph at Minnesota’s
Jackson Motorplex last Friday, Aaron Reutzel and the
Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint
Car team set their sights on the Knoxville 360 Nationals crown
Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum
Racing Suspensions team will hit the ½-mile clay oval at Iowa’s
Marion County Fairgrounds on Thursday night to set the stage for
Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win Knoxville 360 Nationals finale.
Reutzel will then round out this weekend
with Sunday night’s Capitani Classic atop the Knoxville, Iowa
clay leading into next week’s 57th Annual Knoxville
The Clute, TX, racer looks to improve upon
his previous best Knoxville 360 Nationals finish by two
positions after finishing third in the event in 2015.
Saturday’s $15,000 winner’s share would go
nicely with the $10,000 that Reutzel pocketed in Minnesota last
weekend. The Jackson Motorplex triumph was
Reutzel’s sixth overall win of the year and first in 410-ci
“It was great to finally get that first
410 win at Jackson,” Reutzel says. “We’ve
been so close there a few times before, we’ve always been good
Reutzel started the night fast out of the
box aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited entry.
“We were fast in hot laps,” Reutzel recalls.
“Then we qualified tenth, the track came in a little
Timing in tenth worked to Reutzel’s
advantage this time around.
“The heat races were a little one lane and
a lot of the guys that timed ahead of us didn’t make it to the
top four to transfer,” Reutzel says. “We ran
fourth in our heat and that put us front row for the feature.”
Reutzel took full advantage of that front
row starting position by racing on to a $10,000 payday, even if
he had to battle back from a slow start.
“We were fighting a stumble all night, so
we weren’t good on the starts,” Reutzel says.
“We were lucky to hold on to second at the start of the race.”
Once up to speed though, there was no
holding back Reutzel.
“We were staying with Zomer,” Reutzel
relates. “I knew I just had to be patient and
stay on him, then try to get by him in traffic.”
The plan worked out to perfection with
Reutzel racing by in traffic and then cruising on to the
checkered flag aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker
A pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
nights in Iowa followed at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday and
then Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The Knoxville card started out in
promising fashion with a time that was sixth-quick among his
group of 31 in the 62 car field.
“We were great in qualifying, but then we
were way too loose in the heat race,” Reutzel says.
After gaining just one position from sixth
to fifth in his heat race, Reutzel was forced into “B” Main
“We weren’t very good in that either,”
Reutzel says. “I got into the wall on the
last lap and had a flat tire down the backstretch and barely
missed a transfer position.”
Reutzel and crew went on to Mason City
Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour’s
first visit to the facility. A high draw
number was not what the doctor ordered on this night.
“It rubbered up in hot laps,” Reutzel says
of the Mason City racetrack.
Mired at the tail of his heat race on a
rubber-down surface, Reutzel salvaged a top-ten finish on the
“We gained one position in the heat race,”
Reutzel says. “Then we started 16th
in the feature, passed six cars on the opening lap and that was
pretty much it.”
Attention shifts exclusively to Knoxville
Raceway for the next ten nights, beginning with Thursday’s
qualifying round at the 27th Annual Knoxville 360
2017 Quick Stats:
51 races, 6 wins, 19 top-fives, 29 top-tens.
Knoxville 360 Nationals qualifier on Thursday night, Knoxville
360 Nationals finale on Saturday and the Capitani Classic at
Knoxville (IA) Raceway on Sunday night.
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