Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas
(November 22, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy
Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car
team put the finishing touches on yet another banner
season by posting a set of podium finishes in the recent
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale at Arizona’s
Cocopah Speedway on November 9-11.
After finishes of second and third
in the Thursday and Friday preliminary features, Reutzel
narrowly missed out on winning the season finale near
Yuma for the second year in a row when a nozzle line
limited him to a runner-up finish to close out the 2017
The robust finish to the season
secured a second-place finish in Lucas Oil ASCS National
Tour points with Reutzel missing a second series title
by just one position.
The three night Cocopah tilt
started with strong heat and qualifying race runs to
grid Reutzel fourth aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum
Racing Suspensions entry for the Thursday night feature
“We had a really good run at the
start and I thought that I could slide for second,”
Reutzel recalls. “I got over the curb
and packed the right rear with mud.”
That packed right rear proved
“The first half of the race it was
shaking really bad,” Reutzel says. “I
was debating whether or not to pull off, I was just
Reutzel’s saving grace proved to
be an open red flag period midway through the race that
allowed the crew to remove the mud from the right rear
After slipping back to sixth with
twelve laps remaining, Reutzel took off on the restart.
“We drove to third with no problem
and then had to settle for second,” Reutzel says.
“We were just a lap or two away from taking the
lead, we were so much faster.”
Reutzel opened Friday’s card with
a heat race win and then a fourth place qualifying race
finish aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited
machine to grid the feature in sixth.
“We weren’t as good,” Reutzel
relates. “It took a while to get
going, we just didn’t run as well.”
Even though not running as well,
Reutzel still worked his way forward to notch a
third-place finish for the night and lock into the
“We were able to get up to third,”
Reutzel says. “Once it widened out,
we got going better.”
Reutzel’s strong preliminary
efforts put him in the second starting position for the
Saturday night, November 11, feature event aboard the
Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance entry.
“I didn’t get the jump I wanted,”
Reutzel relates. “I just had to try
to keep up with Seth (Bergman).”
Reutzel kept Bergman in sight and
closed the gap as the race progressed.
“Seth got through traffic really
well, so I really had to step it up,” Reutzel says.
Reutzel did just that, stepping it
up and ultimately battling past Bergman for the point
with a potential eighth win of the season within reach.
Lady luck intervened in the final
handful of laps though, relegating Reutzel to a
“With four laps to go, a nozzle
line fell off,” Reutzel describes of the final laps of
the season. “The motor wouldn’t run.
Seth got back by and we were lucky to hold on for
With the 2017 campaign in the
books, Reutzel and crew are already busily preparing for
the 2018 season with plans to be announced soon.
2017 Quick Stats:
79 races, 7 wins, 32 top-fives, 46 top-tens.
To be determined.
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