Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(September 21, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel’s last visit to
Lucas Oil Speedway resulted in a trip to victory lane
aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No.
87 Triple-X Sprint Car.
With a $10,000 winner’s share on
the line for this weekend’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel
McMillin Memorial at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks”, it’s
a trip that Reutzel hopes to repeat.
“Hopefully we can keep it going,
it’s a good payday,” Reutzel said of the weekend’s Lucas
Oil ASCS National Tour event that unfolds over the
course of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Reutzel and the Wren
Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team come into
the Wheatland, Missouri event after a weekend of racing
action at Ohio’s Fremont Speedway.
After a sixth-place finish in
Friday’s opening portion of the Jim and Joanne Ford
Classic, Reutzel missed the cut for Saturday’s finale.
“We had plenty of speed all
weekend, we just didn’t have the luck to go with it,”
Reutzel says of the weekend. “All in
all, it was fun going out there.”
Plenty of speed indeed aboard the
Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited mount, as Reutzel
timed in third among Friday night’s 39-car field and
then fifth among Saturday’s field of 40 entries.
But the racing gods weren’t on the
side of the No. 87 this time around.
After holding on to the third
position in Friday’s heat race to make the feature,
Reutzel was handed the sixth starting position in the
Reutzel worked his way forward to
third in short order and went to work on the lead duo
aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance
machine. Reutzel made the pass for
second and was set to slide for the lead, only to have
the move negated on multiple occasions.
“It put us back to third each
time, then it would take four or five laps to get going
again,” Reutzel recalls.
Reutzel got going each time and
was set to make one last bid for the lead in Friday’s
$5,000-to-win feature event.
“(Tim) Shaffer and I came up on
second, I biked it up on the cushion and fell off the
track,” Reutzel says.
Reutzel made his way back on track
to salvage a strong sixth-place finish.
After Saturday’s strong qualifying
effort, Reutzel gridded his heat fourth as only three
transferred. “Byron (Reed) was inside
of us and got the jump,” Reutzel explains of the heat
Settling for fourth in the heat
race, Reutzel started “B” Main action in fifth.
“Shaffer was outside of us and got the jump, then
it was pretty much all around the bottom,” Reutzel says.
“We just never could get going.”
Reutzel looks to get things going
on a strong note with Thursday night’s opening leg of
the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil
2017 Quick Stats:
66 races, 6 wins, 23 top-fives, 36 top-tens.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour “Jesse Hockett/Daniel
McMillin Memorial” at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil
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