Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(October 20, 2017) – Action continues for Aaron Reutzel
and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87
Triple-X Sprint Car team at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Winter Nationals after a pair of podium weekends.
Following a third-place run in his
first Colorado start on October 8, Reutzel earned a
third-place finish in last weekend’s Short Track
Nationals finale at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway after
finishes of fourth and third in the preliminary feature
“We had a really good car all
weekend,” Reutzel said of the Wren Motorsports/Momentum
Racing Suspensions entry at the Short Track Nationals.
“To be able to run near the front each night
against that caliber of cars says a lot about this team,
Sammy (Swindell) was just a little better.”
Reutzel ventured to Little Rock
last week after posting a third-place Lucas Oil ASCS
National Tour finish in his first visit to Calhan,
Colorado’s El Paso County Raceway the previous weekend.
After a Friday night, October 6, rainout, the
weekend was reduced to a single-night affair.
“The real challenge was the air,
it was the worst I’ve ever seen,” Reutzel said of the
Rocky Mountain facility. “We kept
working on it and finally got it decent in the feature.”
After slipping to third in the
early going, Reutzel reeled in the lead duo of Sam
Hafertepe, Jr., and Jake Bubak.
“I got to them and really only had
one shot,” Reutzel relates. “I tried
to slide Bubak one time but couldn’t make it stick.
We had a good car but settled for third.”
Next up was a field of more than
70 Sprint Cars at I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals
in Little Rock, AR. After a
fourth-place finish in the Thursday’s opener, Reutzel
locked into his third consecutive STN championship
feature with a third-place Friday night run and then
earned his second career Short Track Nationals podium
finish with another third-place finish in Saturday
night’s $15,000-to-win finale.
After kicking off his week with a
heat race win aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings
Unlimited machine on Thursday night, Reutzel rebounded
from a spin to post a third-place qualifying race
finish. “We had a really good car, I
just kept making some mistakes,” Reutzel explained.
Gridding Thursday’s feature
seventh, Reutzel raced forward to third in short order.
“We were really good early, but the car started
fading late,” Reutzel relates. “I
went into block mode and that allowed Tony Bruce, Jr.,
to get by right at the end.”
Missing the lock-in by mere
inches, Reutzel started fresh on Friday with a runner-up
heat race finish and third-place qualifying race run to
earn the front row outside starting position for the
“We had a really good car all
night, and we were good in the A Main again,” Reutzel
After an early duel with Sam
Hafertepe, Jr., for the point, Reutzel ultimately
settled for a third-place finish that secured him a
position in the Saturday night finale.
“I raced pretty careful early, I
wanted to make sure that I didn’t take Sam (Hafertepe,
Jr.) or myself out,” Reutzel explains.
“Then (Tim) Crawley got really good on the bottom
so I moved down to protect my position.
I lost third the night before, so I wasn’t going
to let that happen again.”
Saturday got off to a rough start
when Reutzel got upside down in hot laps prior to the
Pole Dash for Cash. “We broke an
axle, I’m just thankful it happened when it did instead
of in the race,” Reutzel said. “My
guys did an incredible job of getting the car ready in
time for the Dash.”
Reutzel made the most of it,
drawing the pole position and racing on to the Dash win
to secure the pole position for the 40-lap feature event
aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance
The battle with Crawley for the
lead in the opening pair of corners opened the door for
a Sammy Swindell moved into the lead.
“We had a good pace early, but the
line he (Swindell) was running was messing up my line,”
Reutzel explains. “Then I biked it on
the cushion and that let Sam (Hafertepe, Jr.) get by.”
Reutzel kept the pressure on
throughout the race before settling for a solid
“The line Sam was running was
blocking my line too,” Reutzel says.
“If I don’t make that one mistake, I think we were
easily a second-place car. I’m about
90% sure that Sammy had a little more if we had got to
With another successful Short
Track Nationals run in the books, Reutzel takes to the
storied ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway clay oval for this
weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour double on Friday
“We just have to hope things fall
into place, the draw can be pretty huge at Devil’s
Bowl,” Reutzel says.
Reutzel has finishes of sixth and
fourth earlier this year at Devil’s Bowl.
2017 Quick Stats:
74 races, 6 wins, 28 top-fives, 41 top-tens.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Devil’s Bowl Speedway in
Mesquite, TX, on Friday and Saturday.
Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action
including schedule and results at
on Facebook at
or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You
can also e-mail Aaron at
If you would like Aaron Reutzel
Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send
your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at
Penning the recurring series of
“The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on
Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and
more for select tracks, drivers and events.
For more information, Wheatley may be contacted