Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(September 28, 2017) – Holding down a solid second
position in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points, Aaron
Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC
Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team continue action
with Saturday night’s Midwest Fall Brawl at Greenwood,
Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway.
Reutzel and crew venture into
Nebraska following last weekend’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel
McMillin Memorial at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil
Speedway. It was a three-night tilt
that started in promising fashion with a strong Thursday
night run before mechanical woes cut both of the
following two nights short.
Reutzel and the Wren
Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team were fast
out of the box at Lucas Oil Speedway with a heat race
win and then a drive from fourth to second in qualifying
race action to earn the front row outside for the
Thursday night preliminary feature.
Reutzel paced the field much of
the way before settling for runner-up honors at the
“The top was going away and I saw
Sammy (Swindell) poke his nose under me,” Reutzel
explains. “I went down and looked for
the rubber but it wasn’t there yet.
Then he stuck the bottom and drove by me.”
Reutzel wasn’t done in the
Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited mount though, as
he tried to mount one last rally for the win.
“I was trying to pass him back and
the caution came out,” Reutzel relates.
“Then the rubber came in and it was done.”
It was one that Reutzel felt got
away. “Leading early cost us in that
one,” Reutzel says.
Friday’s card started with Reutzel
racing from seventh to third in heat race action aboard
the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine
before a fifth-place finish in the qualifier.
“It was a little one-lane for the qualifier, so
we couldn’t really go anywhere.”
Gridding the feature 12th,
Reutzel was on the move as he cracked the top five
before mechanical issues forced him pitside.
Accumulating enough points over
the Thursday and Friday prelims to earn the seventh
starting position for Saturday’s Hockett/McMillin
Memorial finale, Reutzel was dicing for fourth in short
order before mechanical gremlins stepped in again.
“We had a good car, I think we had
a shot at it,” Reutzel said.
Reutzel looks for the checkered
flag next on Saturday night with a $5,000 winner’s share
on the line for Saturday’s Midwest Fall Brawl in
2017 Quick Stats:
69 races, 6 wins, 24 top-fives, 37 top-tens.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Midwest Fall Brawl at
Greenwood, Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway on Saturday night.
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