Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (December 7,
2016) – Aaron Reutzel put the wraps on a strong 2016 season with
yet another top-five finish in the recent Copper Classic finale
at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway on November 26.
Just one night after another near win was
nixed by a cut tire, Reutzel rallied to his 33rd
top-five of the year and 50th top ten in a season
that included 99 overall starts.
“We had the speed we needed, it was just a
really unlucky weekend,” the driver of the Dissolvalloy Downhole
Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car said of the ASCS
Southwest “Copper Classic” double.
Reutzel battled for the lead in the Friday
prelim aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions
“We took the lead from third and battled
back and forth,” Reutzel relates.
Misfortune would soon strike.
“There’s a chunk of the wall that sticks
out about four inches from the rest of it,” Reutzel explains.
“I guess we hit that and cut the right rear.”
Reutzel and the Danny Sander Construction/ButlerBuilt
team regrouped for the Saturday, November 26, finale and set
quick time in their group. “We were out too
early though, so it put us pretty far back.”
Reutzel was set to start the final feature
of the year in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance
Filtration Sprint Car from 12th.
“They tilled the top of the track right
before the feature,” Reutzel says. “It was
one lane for a while and then it rubbered up.”
Reutzel still took advantage of others’
mistakes enough to work his way up to fourth by the time the
checkered flag flew.
“It was a lot better finish than the way
the year started,” Reutzel surmises. “And it
gives us some momentum going into next year, so we’ll take it.”
2016 Quick Stats:
99 races, 8 wins, 33 top-fives, 50 top-tens.
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