Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (August 16,
2019) – After another stellar Knoxville
Nationals effort, Aaron Reutzel resumes his
pursuit of a second consecutive All Star Circuit
of Champions title with a pair of events in
Michigan and Indiana this weekend.
Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel
Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team take to Lake
Odessa, Michigan’s I-96 Speedway for the first
time on Friday night before moving on to
Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night.
Reutzel was victorious in his first visit
to Plymouth Speedway last year.
The driver of the Folkens Brothers
Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution
Triple-X Sprint Car enters the weekend after
posting his second consecutive top-five
Knoxville Nationals finish after earning Hard
Charger honors with a run through the field to
seventh in 2017.
After earning a fourth-place finish, this
time Reutzel finished out the Nationals with a
fifth-place run aboard the Precision
Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard
Reutzel had earned the pole position for
the $150,000-to-win event by virtue of a strong
qualifying time on Thursday followed up by a
critical eighth-to-second place run in heat race
action and then a fifth-place feature finish
aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing
And Reutzel started the Saturday night
feature in strong form. Perhaps too
“We were way too good early,” Reutzel
says. “I knew we might be in trouble
Leading the way until the 14th
round, Reutzel still held on to second until the
midway break in the 50-lapper.
“I knew I was getting loose, so I started
searching around and didn’t make very good
laps,” Reutzel explained.
With a chance to make adjustments, Reutzel
and crew gambled on adjustments to better their
chances for a victory over the final 25
“We ended up making too many changes and
got the car too tight for the last half of the
race,” Reutzel comments.
The reigning All Star Circuit of Champions
titlist still raced to a fifth-place finish to
make for another successful Knoxville Nationals
outing for the BRM No. 87 team.
“We wanted that win, but it was still
another great weekend for our team and something
we can continue to build on,” Reutzel concluded.
Now, with a slim lead in the All Star
title defense, the team looks to build upon that
with events in Michigan and Indiana this
2019 Quick Stats:
57 races, 8 wins, 25 top-fives, 35 top-tens.
Next Up: All
Star Circuit of Champions at I-96 Speedway (Lake
Odessa, MI) on Friday and Plymouth (IN) Speedway
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