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  1. All Star Points Leader Reutzel Charges with the Outlaws – Three Races on Tap for this Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (May 31, 2018) – Aaron Reutzel’s Memorial Day Weekend of racing was filled with some ups and some downs. It ended on a strong upside for Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team with a thrilling charge through the field from 22nd to seventh in Monday night’s World of Outlaws feature event at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway. “That’s the most fun I’ve had racing all year,” Reutzel recalls. “It was three and four wide in the pack on the restarts, it was cutthroat back there.” It wrapped up a slated four-race weekend that kicked off with a top-ten All Star Circuit of Champions finish at Attica Raceway Park, a rainout at Wayne County Speedway and then a salvaged 14th-place run at Wayne County Speedway on Sundaynight after an incident in hot laps. This weekend’s triple includes another pair of All Star events on Friday and Sunday at Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway and Bedford Speedway with a stop at Port Royal Speedway scheduled in between on Saturday night. Last week’s action began at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night with Reutzel picking off a seventh-place finish aboard the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car entry for the second time in a row at Attica. “We qualified alright, although I thought we should have qualified better. Then we had a really good car it the heat race to get to the Dash,” Reutzel says. A loose car the rest of the night limited Reutzel to seventh in the feature. “We were a little loose in the Dash,” Reutzel explains. “We tried something totally different from last time since we weren’t that great then and we were still loose again. They rolled the top down after the heat races and there’s nothing to lean on, you have to roll the middle and we’re struggling with it there.” Reutzel was still in contention, battling among the lead trio. “We were contending and got together with another car and that put us back,” Reutzel says. “Seventh-place still wasn’t too bad considering how bad the car was.” After Saturday’s rainout at Orrville, Ohio’s Wayne County Speedway, Sunday’s tilt at Waynesfield Raceway Park got off to a rough start with a flip in hot laps that forced the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team to miss out on qualifying and heat race action. “We almost made it out, we were ready but it wouldn’t fire,” Reutzel explains. “We had a bad MSD box in it.” After running a few laps to feel the car out in “B” Main action, Reutzel gridded the feature field in 25th and climbed 11 positions to salvage a 14th-place finish to maintain the All Star points lead. “We were just okay in the feature, getting to 14th was about all we had,” Reutzel says. Reutzel saved the best of the weekend for last with his Monday night World of Outlaws Hard Charger effort aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. “We tried something in qualifying and it just didn’t work like we had hoped,” Reutzel said of a qualifying time that was 21st among the 34-car field. The night was on the upswing from there. “We were pretty good in the ‘B’ and in the ‘A’ Main the car was awesome,” Reutzel recalls. Reutzel rallied through the field, picking off 15 positions along the way to earn a seventh-place finish. “I think we might have had a little more, I slid Jason Johnson for sixth right before the finish but couldn’t quite stick it,” Reutzel explains. “It was pretty badass to go from 22nd to seventh with that group of guys.” Reutzel will take that momentum into this weekend’s trio of events in Pennsylvania at Lernerville, Port Royal and Bedford. 2018 Quick Stats: 21 races, 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 11 top-tens. Up Next: Friday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Lernerville (PA) Speedway. Saturday – 410-ci Sprint Cars at Port Royal (PA) Speedway. Sunday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Bedford (PA) Speedway. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  2. Hank Davis Gets His First in POWRi West Midget Roundup Finale by Lonnie Wheatley GARDEN CITY, Kan. (May 27, 2018) – The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA continues its string of offering up different winners. Fourteen-year-old Hank Davis wired the field in Sunday night’s 25-lap TBJ Promotions “Midget Roundup” finale versus the Lucas Oil POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association atop the 1/5-mile Airport Raceway to take the $2,000 winner’s share over a field of 41 competitors. With the triumph, the Sand Springs, OK, racer became the eighth different winner in nine POWRi West feature events thus far in 2018 and eighth different driver in a row to reach victory lane. Davis led the POWRi West forces to a sweep of the podium for the second night in a row as he was chased to the stripe by Saturday night winner Wesley Smith of Nixa, MO, and current series points leader Kory Schudy of Springfield, MO. “It feels great,” Davis said of his first career Midget triumph in just his ninth start aboard the Rujo Racers No. 42 entry. After the initial start went red for a multi-car skirmish in turn four that resulted in Hunter Fischer getting upside down, Davis shot into the lead from the pole position and immediately began to separate himself from the field as Smith made his way to second in short order from the fourth starting position. Davis kept his pursuers at a distance, even as he sliced through traffic until the race’s first caution flew after 19 circuits for a turn one tangle involving Chett Gehrke and Brett Becker. The red flag flew one lap later for a hard turn three flip by Becker that set up a five-lap dash to the stripe. Davis was up to the task, getting a strong restart and racing on to the checkered flag unchallenged ahead of Smith and Schudy with Bixby, OK, teen Cannon McIntosh charging through the field from 20th to fourth. California’s Robert Dalby rounded out the top five with Luke Icke, Robert Harr, Michelle Decker, Keith Rauch and Zac Taylor completing the top ten. Decker, Paul Babich, Rauch, Gehrke and Icke topped heat race action with Taylor and Fischer scoring “B” Main wins. The POWRi West Midget League fires back into action with a pair of Sooner Series events on June 15-16 at Meeker’s Red Dirt Raceway on the 15th and Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway on the 16th. Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA vs. Lucas Oil POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Results Airport Raceway (Garden City, KS) – May 27, 2018 Smith Titanium Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 4M-Michelle Decker, [9]; 2. 42-Hank Davis, [8]; 3. 10-Lance Bennett, [2]; 4. 27B-A.J. Burns, [7]; 5. 15C-Carson Garrett, [1]; 6. 21-Nick Speidel, [6]; 7. 43-Ryan Oerter, [3]; 8. 54-Kyle Pfeifer, [4]; (DNS) 84S-Shaun Shapel. Keizer Wheels Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 69-Paul Babich, [2]; 2. 2H-Robert Harr, [8]; 3. 7-Troy Simpson, [6]; 4. 84-Phil Shapel, [1]; 5. 14-Tony Rossi, [7]; 6. 3-Brent Rees, [5]; 7. 39-Mike Snelling, [4]; 8. (DNF) 32D-Tyler Thomas, [3]. Saldana Racing Products Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 27-Keith Rauch, [1]; 2. 44-Wesley Smith, [8]; 3. 5J-Jeff Crook, [3]; 4. 24-Hunter Fischer, [5]; 5. 2B-Brett Becker, [2]; 6. 11-Glenn Waterland, [4]; 7. (DNF) 88W-Dustin Weland, [6]; 8. (DNF) 16-Ashley Oerter, [7]. Rod End Supply Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 11C-Chett Gehrke, [1]; 2. 28-Kory Schudy, [6]; 3. 76-Mark Hamilton, [3]; 4. 12-Chris Sheil, [5]; 5. 91-Greg Schaefer, [4]; 6. 74-Zach Merritt, [2]; 7. 10B-Blaze Bennett, [7]; (DNS) 9H-Emilio Hoover. Pyrotech Heat Five (8 Laps): Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Luke Icke, [1]; 2. 4D-Robert Dalby, [4]; 3. 71T-Zac Taylor, [2]; 4. 23-Hannah Adair, [6]; 5. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [3]; 6. 89-Patrick Bourke, [8]; 7. 56X-Mark Chisholm, [5]; 8. 77-Olivia Bennett, [7]. B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 71T-Zac Taylor, [2]; 2. 2B-Brett Becker, [6]; 3. 43-Ryan Oerter, [11]; 4. 76-Mark Hamilton, [1]; 5. 21-Nick Speidel, [7]; 6. 11-Glenn Waterland, [8]; 7. 10B-Blaze Bennett, [9]; 8. 56X-Mark Chisholm, [10]; 9. 77-Olivia Bennett, [12]; 10. 54-Kyle Pfeifer, [13]; 11. 89-Patrick Bourke, [4]; 12. 12-Chris Sheil, [3]; 13. 91-Greg Schaefer, [5]; 14. 84S-Shaun Shapel, [14]. B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 24-Hunter Fischer, [2]; 2. 15c-Carson Garrett, [6]; 3. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [5]; 4. 14-Tony Rossi, [3]; 5. 84-Phil Shapel, [4]; 6. 3-Brent Rees, [7]; 7. 74-Zach Merritt, [8]; 8. 88w-Dustin Weland, [9]; 9. 16-Ashley Oerter, [12]; 10. (DNF) 32d-Tyler Thomas, [13]; 11. (DNF) 10-Lance Bennett, [1]; (DNS) 39-Mike Snelling; (DNS) 9h-Emilio Hoover. A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 42-Hank Davis, [1]; 2. 44-Wesley Smith, [4]; 3. 28-Kory Schudy, [5]; 4. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [20]; 5. 4d-Robert Dalby, [7]; 6. 2-Luke Icke, [11]; 7. 2h-Robert Harr, [3]; 8. 4M-Michelle Decker, [2]; 9. 27-Keith Rauch, [9]; 10. 71T-Zac Taylor, [15]; 11. 15c-Carson Garrett, [18]; 12. 69-Paul Babich, [6]; 13. 11c-Chett Gehrke, [10]; 14. 7-Troy Simpson, [8]; 15. 89-Patrick Bourke, [21]; 16. 23-Hannah Adair, [13]; 17. (DNF) 2b-Brett Becker, [17]; 18. (DNF) 43-Ryan Oerter, [19]; 19. (DNF) 27b-A.J. Burns, [12]; 20. (DNF) 5J-Jeff Crook, [14]; 21. (DNF) 24-Hunter Fischer, [16]. BOSS Performance High Point Driver: Michelle Decker.
  3. Lake Ozark Victory Goes To Seth Bergman With ASCS Warrior Region by Bryan Hulbert ELDON, Mo. (May 26, 2018) A win worth $4,000, Washington's Seth Bergman picked up his third ASCS sanctioned victory of the season with a mid-race pass on Paul Nienhiser to win the finale of the Inaugural Spring 360 Nationals at Lake Ozark Speedway with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps. Coming from fifth, Bergman worked to second as Nienhiser led from the pole position. Under caution with 19 laps complete, the restart was Seth's moment as the Corridor Electric No. 23 bolted to the lead through the first and second turn. Leading the remaining laps of the 40 lap event, Seth raced to his fourth career ASCS Warrior Region triumph ahead of eighth starting, Wayne Johnson by 1.887 seconds. Tennessee's Brian Bell placed third with Tim Crawley advancing five spots to fourth. Moving up eight positions, Miles Paulus made up the top-five. Austin Alumbaugh, Zach Daum, Taylor Walton, Paul Nienhiser, and Brandon Hanks completed the top-ten. The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps takes the show on the road to Double X Speedway on Sunday, May 27 with the Tribute to Jesse and Daniel. Sunday, May 27 at Double X Speedway opens at 5:00 P.M. with Hot Laps at 7:00 P.M. (CT). Sunday's card includes Lucas Oil POWRi War Sprint Cars and 600cc Winged Micros. Admission is only $20 and Pit Passes are $30. Double X Speedway is located on Hwy. 50, two miles west of California, Mo. More information can be found on the track's Facebook page. For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the over 150 across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS). Race Results: ASCS Warrior Region Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Mo. Inaugural Spring 360 Nationals Saturday, May 26, 2018 Car Count: 25 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 0-Taylor Walton, [1]; 2. 76-Jay Russell, [2]; 3. 84-Brandon Hanks, [4]; 4. 6-Bryan Grimes, [5]; 5. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [3]; 6. 99-Bailey Elliott, [7]; 7. 1X-Brad Ryun, [6] Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Randy Martin, [2]; 2. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [4]; 3. 18X-Nathan Ryun, [1]; 4. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [7]; 5. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [3]; 6. 11-Frank Rogers, [6]; 7. 65-T.J. Muths, [5] Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [1]; 2. 1-Tim Crawley, [5]; 3. 21-Miles Paulus, [4]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 5. 4-Evan Martin, [7]; 6. 49B-Ben Brown, [2]; (DNS) 1P-Curtis Evans, A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [5]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [8]; 3. 23B-Brian Bell, [6]; 4. 1-Tim Crawley, [9]; 5. 21-Miles Paulus, [13]; 6. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [4]; 7. 5D-Zach Daum, [3]; 8. 0-Taylor Walton, [7]; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [1]; 10. 84-Brandon Hanks, [12]; 11. 76-Jay Russell, [11]; 12. 14-Randy Martin, [2]; 13. 6-Bryan Grimes, [15]; 14. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [10]; 15. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [20]; 16. 99-Bailey Elliott, [18]; 17. 11-Frank Rogers, [21]; 18. (DNF) 49B-Ben Brown, [22]; 19. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin, [17]; 20. (DNF) 14K-Kyle Bellm, [14]; 21. (DNF) 18X-Nathan Ryun, [16]; 22. (DNF) 1X-Brad Ryun, [23]; 23. (DNF) 65-T.J. Muths, [24]; 24. (DNF) 1P-Curtis Evans, [25]; 25. (DNF) 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [19] ,
  4. Wesley Smith Scores POWRi West Honors in Midget Roundup Opener Lonnie Wheatley, GARDEN CITY, Kan. (May 26, 2018) – A 500-miler is apropos for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. And that’s nearly the distance that Nixa, Missouri’s Wesley Smith journeyed for this weekend’s “Midget Roundup” at the 1/5-mile Airport Raceway in southwest Kansas pitting the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA against the Lucas Oil POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association. Smith made the most of it in Saturday night’s opening leg, emerging from a heated battle through traffic to best a field of 40 competitors for his first POWRi West Midget win of the year. The $1,200 triumph made Smith the seventh different winner in eight events this season as POWRi West shoes swept the podium with Kory Schudy in second and Hank Davis in third. With Smith gridding the feature field in eighth, Tyler Thomas paced the field in the early going from his front row outside starting position. Eleventh-starter Cannon McIntosh soon entered the fray with the lead duo trading sliders for the point until Thomas got upside down after contact. Back under way, the battle shifted to McIntosh and Smith with the latter taking command after the 15-year-old McIntosh spun after contact in traffic. Smith raced on to the checkered flag aboard the All Metal Recycling/Midwest Sheet Metal No. 44 entry with current series points leader Kory Schudy of Springfield, MO< rallying through the field from 16th to capture runner-up honors, giving the Show Me State a one-two Saturday night punch. Fourteen-year-old Hank Davis of Sand Springs, OK, gave the POWRi West forces a sweep of the podium by charging from 14th to claim third. With POWRi West contenders occupying the top three positions, a pair of Colorado racers helped the RMMRA ranks to fill out the top five with Carson Garrett crossing the stripe in fourth and Luke Icke in fifth. Zac Taylor advanced from 17th to sixth with Keith Rauch, 19th-starter Michelle Decker, Hannah Adair ad Greg Schaefer completing the top ten. Adair, Icke, Schaefer, Thomas and Smith topped heat race action with Robert Harr and Schudy splitting “B” Main wins. The TBJ Promotions “Midget Roundup” at Airport Raceway concludes with a $2,000-to-win tilt on Sunday night once again pitting the POWRi West Midget League versus the POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association atop the 1/5-mile clay oval. Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA vs. Lucas Oil POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Results Airport Raceway (Garden City, KS) – May 26, 2018 Smith Titanium Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 23-Hannah Adair, [6]; 2. 5J-Jeff Crook, [3]; 3. 24-Hunter Fischer, [8]; 4. 10-Lance Bennett, [1]; 5. 89-Patrick Bourke, [2]; 6. 76-Mark Hamilton, [5]; 7. 12-Chris Sheil, [4]; 8. (DNF) 43-Ryan Oerter, [7]. Keizer Wheels Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 2-Luke Icke, [7]; 2. 27-Keith Rauch, [3]; 3. 28-Kory Schudy, [2]; 4. 71T-Zac Taylor, [5]; 5. 4M-Michelle Decker, [1]; 6. 11-Glenn Waterland, [8]; 7. 16-Ashley Oerter, [6]; (DNS) 10B-Blaze Bennett. Saldana Racing Products Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 91-Greg Schaefer, [1]; 2. 11C-Chett Gehrke, [2]; 3. 2H-Robert Harr, [3]; 4. 2B-Brett Becker, [7]; 5. 88-Dustin Weland, [5]; 6. 84-Shaun Shapel, [4]; 7. (DNF) 4D-Robert Dalby, [6]; 8. (DNF) 3-Brent Rees, [8]. Rod End Supply Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 32D-Tyler Thomas, [5]; 2. 42-Hank Davis, [2]; 3. 15C-Carson Garrett, [7]; 4. 56X-Mark Chisholm, [6]; 5. 7-Troy Simpson, [8]; 6. 69-Paul Babich, [3]; 7. 27B-A.J. Burns, [1]; 8. 77-Olivia Bennett, [4]. Pyrotech Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 44-Wesley Smith, [1]; 2. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [3]; 3. 14-Tony Rossi, [6]; 4. 9H-Emilio Hoover, [5]; 5. 21-Nick Speidel, [2]; 6. 74-Zach Merritt, [7]; 7. 39-Mike Snelling, [8]; (DNS) 24T-Tim Snelling. B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 2H-Robert Harr, [2]; 2. 71T-Zac Taylor, [3]; 3. 4M-Michelle Decker, [7]; 4. 88-Dustin Weland, [5]; 5. 69-Paul Babich, [9]; 6. 11-Glenn Waterland, [4]; 7. 43-Ryan Oerter, [12]; 8. 4D-Robert Dalby, [10]; 9. 89-Patrick Bourke, [6]; 10. 39-Mike Snelling, [8]; 11. (DNF) 56X-Mark Chisholm, [1]; (DNS) 3-Brent Rees, ; (DNS) 10B-Blaze Bennett. B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 28-Kory Schudy, [2]; 2. 21-Nick Speidel, [6]; 3. 7-Troy Simpson, [1]; 4. 10-Lance Bennett, [4]; 5. 76-Mark Hamilton, [7]; 6. 84-Shaun Shapel, [8]; 7. 16-Ashley Oerter, [9]; 8. 77-Olivia Bennett, [11]; 9. (DNF) 9H-Emilio Hoover, [3]; 10. (DNF) 27B-A.J. Burns, [12]; 11. (DNF) 12-Chris Sheil, [10]; 12. (DNF) 74-Zach Merritt, [5]; (DNS) 24T-Tim Snelling, A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 44-Wesley Smith, [8]; 2. 28-Kory Schudy, [16]; 3. 42-Hank Davis, [14]; 4. 15C-Carson Garrett, [5]; 5. 2-Luke Icke, [4]; 6. 71T-Zac Taylor, [17]; 7. 27-Keith Rauch, [10]; 8. 4M-Michelle Decker, [19]; 9. 23-Hannah Adair, [3]; 10. 91-Greg Schaefer, [7]; 11. 14-Tony Rossi, [6]; 12. 11C-Chett Gehrke, [13]; 13. 24-Hunter Fischer, [1]; 14. 32D-Tyler Thomas, [2]; 15. 5J-Jeff Crook, [9]; 16. 2H-Robert Harr, [15]; 17. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [11]; 18. 69-Paul Babich, [21]; 19. 7-Troy Simpson, [20]; 20. 2B-Brett Becker, [12]; 21. (DNF) 21-Nick Speidel, [18]. BOSS Performance High Point Driver: Luke Icke
  5. Velasquez Rebounds with Sprint Car Clash Win as Link, Bergeron, Maughlin and Sellard also Post DCRP Wins by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 26, 2018) – Just one weekend removed from a wild heat race flip atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park, Taylor Velasquez bounced right back to win Saturday night’s 25-lap United Rebel Sprint Series vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car Clash main event. While the two-time and defending track champion posted his first win of the year, other Saturday night winners included Nick Link in IMCA Modifieds, Daylon Bergeron in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Shannon Maughlin in IMCA Stock Cars and Reagan Sellard in IMCA Hobby Stocks. Velasquez put the Bearcat Oil Services/Fronk Oil Co. No. 21x out front at the outset from the pole position and capitalized on a lap 20 caution that negated a Jake Martens pass for the lead to secure the win. Given a reprieve, Velasquez burst out to a lead of several car-lengths as the race restarted, but Martens closed back in and tried to slip under in the final pair of corners only to fall two car-lengths short at the stripe. “This week has been blood, sweat and tears,” the Turpin, OK, racer explained. “I wasn’t really sure how I’d feel tonight. Getting through the heat race was the most important part of the night, after that I got a lot more comfortable in the car.” Gunning into the lead at the drop of the green flag, Velasquez gradually slipped away from opening night winner Brian Herbert and Martens in the early going. Martens made his way past Herbert for second on the 15thround and erased Velasquez’ advantage in short order then raced into the lead on the low side only to have the race’s only caution appear to put Velasquez back out front. Velasquez took full advantage by going on to become the third different winner in as many rounds of DCRP Sprint Car competition in what was also the season opening event for the United Rebel Sprint Series. Martens settled for second with Herbert claiming the show position. Zach Blurton crossed the stripe fourth with Tyler Knight rounding out the top five. The 20-lap IMCA Modified main event featured a Link battle between the father-and-son duo of Tracy and Nick Link much of the way before the younger driver took command at the midway point and raced on to his first career DCRP win. Tracy Link gunned into the early lead from the pole position with 2016 track champion Nick Link making his way to second by the fifth round and soon challenging for the point. Nick Link took command at the midway point and opened up a half straightaway advantage over the field as the laps clicked off. Defending track champion Clay Sellard worked his way up to second with a handful of laps remaining but was unable to close the gap as Nick Link raced to the checkered flag. Sellard settled for second with Ryan Heger capturing third. Mike Lunow was fourth with Jack Kirchoff rounding out the top five. Woodward’s Daylon Bergeron foiled Alex Wiens’ bid for a first DCRP win with a last-lap pass to take the checkered flag in the 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified feature. With Bergeron moving forward from seventh, Wiens battled past Joey Maupin for the point on the third round and paced the field over the ensuing rounds. Bart Baker closed the gap on Wiens as traffic came into play over the closing circuits while Bergeron made his way up to fourth by the eighth round and then third on the 15th lap. Slicing through traffic, Bergeron took second away from Baker on the 18th lap and then slipped by Wiens on the low side after the white flag flew. Wiens settled for runner-up honors behind Bergeron with Baker in third. Jarett Lunow was fourth with Dustin Donley rounding out the top five. Dighton’s Shannon Maughlin made a long-awaited return to victory lane by leading the final half of the 15-lap IMCA Stock Car feature for his first DCRP score since the 2013 season opener. While Maughlin worked his way forward from sixth, Chris Oliver held off Gregg Schell for the point for a handful of laps before Schell took command in the spirited multi-car battle for the lead. Maughlin followed Schell past Oliver for second on the sixth lap and then battled into the lead two laps later. Maughlin led the rest of the way to take the win ahead of Dusty Witthuhn with Schell, Tyler Scruggs and Will Bauer filling out the top five. Bucklin’s Reagan Sellard battled past Dan Rogers for the lead midway through the 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature en route to topping his first DCRP feature of the season. Rogers broke into the lead on the opening lap from the third starting position with Sellard making his way into second by the third lap. The race was on from there, with Sellard battling has way past Rogers just past the midway point. Sellard paced the field the rest of the way ahead of Rogers with Brett Copeland, Chad Kelley and Mike Davis rounding out the top five. Action resumes at Dodge City Raceway Park with on Friday night, June 8, with the Inaugural United States Modified Touring Series event atop the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval along with IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Dodge City Raceway Park – Memorial Day Weekend Special May 26, 2018 Results: United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS) vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car Clash: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 11k-Tyler Knight, 2. 0-Steven Richardson, 3. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 4. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 5. 17s-Chad Salem, 6. 33k-Aaron Ploussard. DNS: 18-Brandon Sprott. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 9-John Webster, 2. 48-Jake Martens, 3. 17x-Kade Hagans, 4. 10-Jordan Knight, 5. 33-Koby Walters, 6. 8J-Brandy Jones. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton, 2. 97-Brian Herbert, 3. 50-Jed Werner, 4. 28-Tracey Hill, 5. 911-Ty Williams, 6. 49-Kris Moore. “A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 48-Jake Martens, 3. 97-Brian Herbert, 4. 2J-Zach Blurton, 5. 11k-Tyler Knight, 6. 33-Koby Walters, 7. 911-Ty Williams, 8. 0-Steven Richardson, 9. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 10. 9-John Webster, 11. 28-Tracey Hill, 12. 10-Jordan Knight, 13. 49-Kris Moore, 14. 50-Jed Werner, 15. 17s-Chad Salem, 16. 17x-Kade Hagans, 17. 8J-Brandy Jones, 18. 33k-Aaron Ploussard. DNS: 18-Brandon Sprott. IMCA Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2L-Tracy Link, 2. 44-Mike Lunow, 3. 3h-Ryan Heger, 4. 1n-Nick Link, 5. 36-Travis Simmons, 6. 25-Kale Beavers, 7. 12-Kevin Tabor. DNS: a2-Randy Wilson. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 85c-Clay Sellard, 2. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 3. 27-Grant Florence, 4. 26-Tom Beavers, 5. 22T-Trent Gray, 6. 57-Joel Lane, 7. 06-Chad Taylor, 8. 7n-William Nusser, 9. 16-Kevin Gray. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 1n-Nick Link, 2. 85c-Clay Sellard, 3. 3h-Ryan Heger, 4. 44-Mike Lunow, 5. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 6. 2L-Tracy Link, 7. 22T-Trent Gray, 8. 16-Kevin Gray, 9. 7n-William Nusser, 10. 26-Tom Beavers, 11. 57-Joel Lane, 12. 36-Travis Simmons, 13. 27-Grant Florence, 14. 25-Kale Beavers, 15. 12-Kevin Tabor, 16. 06-Chad Taylor. DNS: a2-Randy Wilson. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 2. 65-Kohl Ricke, 3. 92-Jeff Kaup, 4. 18-Kyle Wiens, 5. 7-Jarett Lunow, 6. 3d-Garrett Donley, 7. 12d-Brad Johnson. DNS: 09b-Brock Berry. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 21-Joey Maupin, 2. 10-Alex Wiens, 3. 16-Dustin Donley, 4. 37-Bart Baker, 5. 19-Terry Collins, 6. 4-Feddy McCoy, 7. 8-Brian May. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 2. 10-Alex Wiens, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 7-Jarett Lunow, 5. 16-Dustin Donley, 6. 92-Jeff Kaup, 7. 8-Brian May, 8. 18-Kyle Wiens, 9. 12d-Brad Johnson, 10. 21-Joey Maupin, 11. 4-Freddy McCoy, 12. 65-Kohl Ricke, 13. 09b-Brock Berry, 14. 19-Terry Collins, 15. 3d-Garrett Donley. IMCA Stock Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 2. 89-Gregg Schell, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 95-Tyler Tipton, 5. 22-Donald Kaup, 6. 20-Tyler Walker. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 3-Chris Oliver, 2. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 3. 57-Will Bauer 4. 81-Tyler Scruggs, 5. 33-Marlin Hogie. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 2. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 3. 89-Gregg Schell, 4. 81-Tyler Scruggs, 5. 57-Will Bauer, 6. 95-Tyler Tipton, 7. 3-Chris Oliver, 8. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 9. 20-Tyler Walker, 10. 22-Donald Kaup, 11. 33-Marlin Hogie. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 2. 72T-Tobby Schield, 3. 22r-Dan Rogers, 4. 19-Brett Copeland, 5. 81d-Mike Davis, 6. 7-Tom Reed, 7. 57-Chad Kelley, 8. 69-Danny Schulte, 9. 24b-Sheri Berger. “A” Main (12 Laps): 1. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 2. 22r-Dan Rogers, 3. 19-Brett Copeland, 4. 57-Chad Kelley, 5. 81d-Mike Davis, 6. 24b-Sheri Berger, 7. 7-Tom Reed, 8. 72T-Tobby Schield. DNS: 69-Danny Schulte.
  6. Reutzel Ready for Four Race Memorial Day Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (May 24, 2018) – Aaron Reutzel had his sights set on another possible All Star Circuit of Champions win last weekend only to have Mother Nature intervene. With Reutzel, the current series points leader, set to start on the front row of Saturday night’s All Star feature aboard the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car at Wisconsin’s Plymouth Dirt Track, the skies opened up and wiped out the feature and continued on to wash out Sunday’s go at Angell Park Speedway as well. The Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car entry will see plenty of action this weekend with a set of All Star events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Ohio before a World of Outlaws tilt in Indiana on Monday. This weekend’s slate of All Star Circuit of Champions events for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team begins at Attica Raceway Park on Friday before moving on to Wayne County Speedway on Saturday and then Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday. The Memorial Day weekend quadruple wraps up with the World of Outlaws at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Monday. Reutzel raced to finishes of seventh at Attica and ninth at Wayne County in All Star action last month aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. Waynesfield and Lawrenceburg will both be fist-time venues for the Clute, TX, native. Last Friday’s card at Wisconsin’s Plymouth Dirt Track kicked off with Reutzel setting an overall quick time of 11.571 seconds over a field of 47 entries before earning a Dash position after a fourth-place heat race finish. “We were really good in qualifying,” Reutzel says. “We tried some stuff in the heat race knowing that we were locked in the Dash as long as we held on to a transfer position.” Reutzel went on to win his Dash to secure the front row outside starting position for the feature only to have rain wash out the nightcap. “We went back to what we had earlier and were really good in the Dash,” Reutzel recalls. “I would like to see what we could have done in the feature.” That All Star weekend in Wisconsin simply wasn’t meant to be though. There will be four more opportunities to add to the win column on a busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. 2018 Quick Stats: 18 races, 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 9 top-tens. Up Next: Friday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica (OH) Raceway Park. Saturday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH). Sunday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park. Monday – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Lawrenceburg (OH) Speedway. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  7. POWRi West Midgets Soar into Airport Raceway for Midget Roundup by Lonnie Wheatley TULSA, Okla. (May 22, 2018) – A Memorial Day weekend double is on tap for the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA as the series takes to Garden City, Kansas’ Airport Raceway for this weekend’s “Midget Roundup”. The POWRi West Midget ranks will take on the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) in the TBJ Promotions event atop the racy, 1/5-mile clay oval with the Saturday portion offering up a $1,200 winner’s share and then Sunday’s finale paying $2,000 to the winner. Springfield, Missouri’s Kory Schudy leads the way into the weekend after posting his first win of the year in the series most recent event at Tulsa’s Port City Raceway on May 12. With the triumph, Schudy became the series sixth different winner of the season through seven events thus far. Schudy reigns as a defending champion of the Airport Raceway “Midget Roundup”, besting a stellar field of 40 Midgets in last year’s finale after Oklahoma’s Matt Moore topped the opening round. Schudy holds a 490-point edge over Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh with Sand Springs, Oklahoma’s Hank Davis and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Hannah Adair next on the point charts with Illinois shoe Zach Daum rounding out the early top five. Red Dirt Raceway winner Ace McCarthy (Tahlequah, OK) goes into the weekend sixth in points with defending series champion Grady Chandler (Edmond, OK), Wesley Smith (Nixa, MO), Brendon Wiseley (Sand Springs, OK) and Karter Sarff (Mason City, IL) also among the top ten. Along with Schudy and McCarthy, other 2018 POWRi West winners thus far include Jonathan Beason, Logan Seavey, Tanner Carrick and Christopher Bell, who swept the season-opening double in Oklahoma City. It will mark the first round of competition for Colorado’s RMMRA ranks after last weekend’s scheduled season opener fell victim to rain. In addition to Lucas Oil and Executive Concrete NWA, additional POWRi West Midget League supporting sponsors include Two-Eight Drilling, American Discount Auto Care, R&M Race Trailer and A1 Machine. Contingency sponsors include Smith Ti (Heat One), Keizer Wheels (Heat Two), Saldana Products (Heat Three), Rod End Supply (Heat Four), Pyrotech (Heat Five), BOSS Performance (High Point Driver), MPI “Official Steering Wheel” of POWRi West, Esslinger Engineering Performance Award (top-finishing Esslinger entry), and the MyChron Tom/AIM bonus of $300 (1st), $150 (2nd) and $50. Racing action at Airport Raceway gets under way at 7:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Garden City, Kansas’ Airport Raceway is located 8.8 miles east of U.S. 83 on U.S. 50. The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA is slated for 29 nights of competition at 13 different tracks throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. The POWRi West Sooner Series consists of the dozen events in the state of Oklahoma. More information regarding the POWRi West Midget League is available at http://www.powri.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PowRiWest/.
  8. Breaking Out of the Gates Quickly – DCRP Championship Round Two on Saturday by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 18, 2018) – Bursting out of the gates quickly is a key component to putting together a championship season at Dodge City Raceway Park. And after a rousing opening night on May 5, championship round two is set for Saturday night with the $750-to-win Sixth Annual Modified Stampede headlining the card that also includes Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Brian Herbert, Kevin Gray, Jeff Kaup, Troy Burkhart and Duane Wahrman broke out the quickest in their respective divisions with opening night wins just two weeks ago. While an opening night win isn’t imperative on the road to the title, it certainly doesn’t hurt as two of last year’s eventual five champions won on opening night including Jeff Kaup and Angel Munoz. And finishing among the top five in the opener seems to be a strong indicator as to potential championship contenders with 23 of 27 champions (85.2%) over the past six years finishing among the top five in the opening round of competition. Just one champion last year finished outside the top five with IMCA Modified champ Clay Sellard finishing sixth. Tickets for Saturday’s Sixth Annual Modified Stampede are just $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. Racing action is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Brian Herbert picked off his second opening night over the last three years by topping the May 5 event after Tyler Knight surrendered the point when a left front tire went sailing. Herbert was seventh in points last year while two-time and defending champ Taylor Velasquez opened the season with a fourth-place run. Feature Winners: Brian Herbert 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Brian Herbert 150, 2. Ray Seemann 145, 3. J.D. Johnson 141, 4. Taylor Velasquez 138, 5. Tracey Hill 135, 6. Ty Williams 132, 7. Luke Cranston 129, 8. Koby Walters 126, 9. Steven Richardson 123, 10. Jordan Knight 120. IMCA Modifieds: Fourth in last year’s points, Ulysses’ Kevin Gray opened the season in triumphant fashion ahead of R.C. Whitwell and Joel Lane. Gray looks to make it two in a row in Saturday’s Modified Stampede after notching his first DCRP score since August of 2015. Feature Winners: Kevin Gray 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Kevin Gray 150, 2. R.C. Whitwell 145, 3. Joel Lane 141, 4. Kale Beavers 138, 5. Jack Kirchoff 135, 6. Nick Link 132, 7. William Nusser 129, 8. Mike Lunow 126, 9. Rick Taylor 123, 10. Travis Simmons 120. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Woodward’s Jeff Kaup opened last year with a win en route to his fourth DCRP championship over the last five years and picked up another opening night win on May 5. Kaup has 17 DCRP wins to his credit since the 2012 season. Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup 150, 2. Toby Witthuhn 145, 3. Brian May 141, 4. Daylon Bergeron 138, 5. Bart Baker 135, 6. Kyle Wiens 132, 7. Brandon Wise 129, 8. Alex Wiens 126, 9. Kohl Ricke 123, 10. Joey Maupin 120. IMCA Stock Cars: Showing no rust from an extended stay away from the driver’s seat, Hays’ Troy Burkhart fought off Ron Hartman and Shannon Maughlin to win the May 5 opener. Feature Winners: Troy Burkhart 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Troy Burkhart 150, 2. Ron Hartman 145, 3. Shannon Maughlin 141, 4. Dusty Witthuhn 138, 5. Travis Baird 135, 6. Ondre Rexford 132, 7. Steve Bunk 129, 8. Will Bauer 126, 9. Marlin Hogie 123, 10. Tyler Walker 120. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Duane Wahrman finished off the 2017 season in victory lane and opened up 2018 the same way by taking the checkered flag ahead of defending champ Reagan Sellard. Wahrman looks to climb one spot higher in the final tally after falling just ten points shy of Sellard in the 2017 chase. Feature Winners: Duane Wahrman 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Duane Wahrman 150, 2. Reagan Sellard 145, 3. Dan Rogers 141, 4. Tathan Burkhart 138, 5. Matt O’Hair 135, 6. Chad Kelley 132, 7. Brett Copeland 129, 8. Mike Davis 126, 9. Tom Reed 123, 10. Garrett Hagar 120. The complete Sixth Annual Modified Stampede feature payout is as follows: 1st - $750, 2nd - $600, 3rd - $500, 4th - $450, 5th - $400, 6th - $350, 7th - $300, 8th - $275, 9th - $250, 10th - $225, 11th - $200, 12th - $190, 13th - $180, 14th - $170, 15th - $150, 16th - $150, 17th - $150, 18th - $150, 19th - $150, 20th - $150. In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Saturday night, October 20. The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/. Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  9. Wisconsin Weekend for Reutzel after another WoO Podium CLUTE, Texas (May 16, 2018) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team will venture to another pair of tracks for the first time this weekend as All Star Circuit of Champions competition fires back into action. It will be a Wisconsin weekend for the Clute, TX, racer as he takes the All Star points lead into Saturday’s card at the Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds before moving on to Sun Prairie’s Angell Park Speedway on Sundaynight. After capturing his first All Star win in the series most recent outing at Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway on May 5, Reutzel took in last weekend’s three-race set of World of Outlaws competition in Ohio and Indiana. And, the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car team made its presence known, leading a portion of Friday’s #LetRaceTwo event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, before posting a podium finish on Saturday night and then rounding out the weekend at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on Sunday. The #LetsRaceTwo weekend started with Reutzel timing in eighth among Friday’s 37-car field and then landing a spot in the Dash with a runner-up heat race finish. “We drew late and were still able to lay down a good lap,” the driver of the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment entry says. “Then we were really good in the Dash and picked up a couple of positions after drawing the eight.” Starting sixth in the feature, Reutzel was on the move as he looked for his second World of Outlaws win of the season aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. Reutzel rallied past both Donny Schatz and early leader Jac Haudenschild to take command on the 12th round only to get into the turn one wall the next time around to bring an early end to the strong run. “We got right up there in the feature, I kinda bounced off the wall once and it gave us a really good run,” Reutzel recalls. “Then I got the lead and got a little too confident one time, it sucked me in and there was no saving it.” While Reutzel raced into the lead quickly, he knew there was little time to cruise atop the Eldora high-banked oval. “I felt like Donny was just cruising, I was trying to run off from him while I could and it didn’t work out,” Reutzel explains. With a new car in place for Saturday’s #LetsRaceTwo finale at Eldora, Reutzel timed in fourth and then won his heat race before finishing fourth in the Dash. Reutzel then raced to a solid third-place finish in the feature to finish off the Eldora portion of the weekend. “Comparing the car we had Friday night to what we had on Saturday night, we just weren’t as good,” Reutzel explains. “We were just a third-place car. With the track smooth and dead slick, we were too loose.” Reutzel and the BRM team wrapped up the weekend on Sunday night at Haubstadt’s Tri-State Speedway with a 24th-place feature finish. Reutzel started the night strong by qualifying third among his group but a heat race infraction proved costly. “They said I jumped the start and put us back a row, that pretty much ruined our night,” Reutzel said. He went on to win the “B” Main before making an early exit in the feature. “We were good in the B, but the motor got a little hot and we didn’t have much time to fix it,” Reutzel recalls. “It was still doing the same thing in the feature so we just pulled in.” Points are back on the line in All Star action this weekend as Reutzel gets his first look at a pair of Wisconsin tracks. 2018 Quick Stats: 18 races, 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 9 top-tens. Up Next: All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars at the Plymouth (WI) Dirt Track-Sheboygan County Fairgrounds on Saturday and then Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, WI) on Sunday. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  10. Sixth Annual Modified Stampede Saturday at DCRP by Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 14, 2018) – The stampede is on! After getting pushed back by bad weather last month, the Sixth Annual Modified Stampede will hit the track at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday night, May 19. In addition to a $750-to-win IMCA Modified feature, Saturday night’s action will also include a full card of championship chase action featuring the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMC Hobby Stocks with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m. Woodward, Oklahoma’s Cole Traugott is the reigning Modified Stampede champion, racing to his second consecutive event win last year ahead of defending track champion Clay Sellard and Randy Wilson. While Traugott has a pair of Modified Stampede victories to his credit, other past event winners include David Murray (2015 and both nights in 2013) and Brendon Gemmill (2014). Traugott and Larned’s William Nusser were the only drivers to post multiple Modified wins in ten total events last year. Ulysses’ Kevin Gray bested the Modified ranks in the recent DCRP season opener on Saturday night, May 5, fending off a stout field of contenders that included Arizona’s R.C. Whitwell, Joel Lane, Kale Beavers, Jack Kirchoff and 2016 track champion Nick Link among others to post his first win since the 2015 season. Other opening night winners jumping out to early point leads included Brian Herbert in the DCRP Sprint Cars, Jeff Kaup in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Troy Burkhart in IMCA Stock Cars and Duane Wahrman in IMCA Hobby Stocks. Tickets for Saturday’s Sixth Annual Modified Stampede are just $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. The complete Sixth Annual Modified Stampede feature payout is as follows: 1st - $750, 2nd - $600, 3rd - $500, 4th - $450, 5th - $400, 6th - $350, 7th - $300, 8th - $275, 9th - $250, 10th - $225, 11th - $200, 12th - $190, 13th - $180, 14th - $170, 15th - $150, 16th - $150, 17th - $150, 18th - $150, 19th - $150, 20th - $150. In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Saturday night, October 20. The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/. Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  11. Schudy Scores POWRi West Win at Port City Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (May 12, 2018) – Springfield, Missouri’s Kory Schudy padded his Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA points lead by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature atop the 1/8-mile Port City Raceway. Schudy assumed the point when early leader Jonathan Beason surrendered the lead after a mid-race red flag and then denied Matt Sherrell’s advances over the final rounds to secure the win aboard the Empire Energy/Sprint Lawn Care No. 28 Boss Chassis entry. While Schudy led the field to the green flag from the pole position, Beason battled into the lead in short order with his sights set on a second consecutive POWRi West Sooner Series win after racing to victory lane at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway on April 28. But, Beason’s Hard Eight mount soon started billowing heavy smoke and he was unable to continue after a red flag flew for a multi-car scrum in turn two just past the midway point that included Ace McCarthy, Brendon Wiseley and Kyle Clark. Schudy took over and fought off Sherrell on another pair of restarts along the way to take the win with Sherrell settling for runner-up honors. “I thought I might have something for him (Beason) but then the smoke got so heavy that I laid back a little bit,” Schudy said of the early going as he tried to chase down Beason. Texas shoe Kade Taylor filled out the podium in third after apparent third-place finisher Grady Chandler was light at the scales with Blake Edwards rallying from the tail of the field to finish fourth after accepting a front-row challenge for being the evening’s high point driver. Hank Davis rounded out the top five. Schudy, Beason and McCarthy topped heat race action for the 21-car field. In addition to Lucas Oil and Executive Concrete NWA, additional POWRi West Midget League supporting sponsors include Two-Eight Drilling, American Discount Auto Care, R&M Race Trailer, A1 Machine, Rod End Supply, Pyrotech, Esslinger Engineering and MyChron Tom/AIM. The POWRi West Midget League returns to action on Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at Garden City, Kansas’ Airport Raceway. Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA Results Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK) – May 12, 2018 Smith Ti Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 28-Kory Schudy, 2. 15d-Andrew Deal, 3. 17e-Blake Edwards, 4. 7u-Matt Sherrell, 5. 24-Hunter Fischer, 6. 23-Hannah Adair, 7. 10J-Emilio Hoover. Keizer Wheels Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason, 2. 27b-A.J. Burns, 3. 51-Kade Taylor, 4. 5b-Bobby Brewer, 5. 17z-Zac Moody, 6. 721-Brendon Wiseley, 7. 9$-Kyle Clark. Saldana Products Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 28m-Ace McCarthy, 2. 08-Grady Chandler, 3. 42-Hank Davis, 4. 91k-Kevin Bayer, 5. 21-Ty Hulsey, 6. 84s-Shaun Shapel, 7. 84-Phil Shapel. “A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 28-Kory Schudy (1), 2. 7u-Matt Sherrell (5), 3. 51-Kade Taylor (2), 4. 17e-Blake Edwards (21), 5. 42-Hank Davis (6), 6. 23-Hannah Adair (15), 7. 24-Hunter Fischer (14), 8. 9$-Kyle Clark (19), 9. 84-Phil Shapel (17), 10. 721-Brendon Wiseley (13), 11. 10J-Emilio Hoover (20), 12. 17z-Zac Moody (11), 13. 8J-Jonathan Beason (4), 14. 28m-Ace McCarthy (3), 15. 84s-Shaun Shapel (18), 16. 15d-Andrew Deal (9), 17. 91k-Kevin Bayer (8), 18. 5b-Bobby Brewer (12), 19. 27b-A.J. Burns (10), 20. 08-Grady Chandler (9), 21. 21-Ty Hulsey (16). BOSS Performance High Point Driver: 17e-Blake Edwards.
  12. World of Outlaws Triple for Reutzel after Racking Up First All Star Win by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (May 11, 2018) – Aaron Reutzel had already picked up his first career World of Outlaws feature win to get the season under way. It didn’t take much longer for Reutzel and Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team to snare a first career All Star Circuit of Champions feature win with a triumph in last Saturday night’s 30-lap feature at Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway. Following a Friday night rainout at Lernerville Speedway, the Saturday score put Reutzel atop the All Star championship point charts. “It’s nice to get these first wins out of the way early,” Reutzel says. “That way I don’t have to think about that any more when we get to the track.” With the All Stars idle this weekend, Reutzel will take in three nights of World of Outlaws competition including both nights of the WoO portion of Eldora Speedway’s #letsracetwo event on Friday and Saturday before moving on to Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on Sunday night. While last Saturday resulted in Reutzel’s second win of the year, the evening started in uncharacteristic fashion for the driver of the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car. “The night started out different,” Reutzel recalls. “We usually start out fast, but we weren’t very good in hot laps and didn’t time all that well.” In this case though, qualifying third among his group worked to the advantage of the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team. “It put us on the front row of the heat and we were able to stay there,” Reutzel says. “Then Carson drew us the pole of the Dash.” Reutzel took full advantage of his young son’s fortuitous draw despite a lack of brakes, winning the Dash to earn the pole position for the feature aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. “We were almost late for the Dash, I got in the car and had no brakes,” Reutzel explains. “There was a hole in a line. Since we started up front we were able to hold on and then get it fixed for the feature.” Reutzel went on to lead all 30 laps of the feature, though he had to move around throughout the race to secure the $5,000 winner’s share and All Star points lead. “I jumped out early and was rolling the bottom, but I could feel myself getting slower,” Reutzel says. “Just as I was thinking about moving up the track, I could hear someone out there. A caution came out then and I knew I had to jump up there to the top.” The top didn’t last for the duration though. “It only lasted about ten laps, then I moved to the middle of the track to finish it,” Reutzel explains of the winning laps. “It feels really good to have some speed on these slow and slick tracks,” Reutzel says of the progression of the BRM No. 87 Sprint Car. This weekend Reutzel makes a return to Eldora Speedway, where he picked up a 360-ci win in his only previous visit in 2016. Sunday’s card will also mark his second start at Tri-State Speedway. 2018 Quick Stats: 15 races, 2 wins, 6 top-fives, 8 top-tens. Up Next: World of Outlaws Sprint Car at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) on Friday and Saturday and then Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN) on Sunday. Those unable to catch the action in person can watch live via PPV on www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  13. Herbert Tops DCRP Season Opener with Gray, Kaup, Burkhart & Wahrman Posting Wins as Well by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 5, 2018) – After leading much of the way before briefly losing the point in traffic, hometown shoe Brian Herbert cashed in on a late opportunity to win Saturday night’s season-opening 20-lap Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car feature atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. While Herbert scored his second season-opening win in the past three years, other opening night winners included Kevin Gray in IMCA Modifieds, Jeff Kaup in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Troy Burkhart in IMCA Stock Car action and Duane Wahrman in the IMCA Hobby Stocks as a total of 89 cars filled the pit area. Herbert gridded the Sprint Car feature outside the third row and rallied into second behind Tyler Knight by the sixth round. Herbert went to work on Knight on the low side and put the Dodge City Concrete/Myers Racing Engines No. 97 entry in the lead by the sixth round. Knight closed back in as traffic became a factor over the final rounds and slipped around Herbert to take command on the 16th round. The lead was short-lived however when his left front tire flew off the car going through turns three and four to bring out a final caution. Herbert took off on the final restart to secure the win ahead of Ray Seemann with J.D. Johnson, two-time and defending track champion Taylor Velasquez and Tracey Hill rounding out the top five. “I hated to see that happen to Tyler Knight. He got us there in traffic, I wasn’t gonna get out of the groove and get freight-trained,” Herbert said afterward. “I thought before the race that I could roll the top early to move forward. But I’m a bottom feeder so I got to the bottom as soon as I could.” In the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature, Ulysses’ shoe Kevin Gray battled into the lead on the fifth circuit then held off Arizona’s R.C. Whitwell over the closing rounds to post his first DCRP win since August of 2015. Gray gridded the feature outside the front row, but it was pole starter Ryan Heger gunning into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Gray kept the heat on and raced back into the lead on the fifth lap. While Gray slipped away, Whitwell worked his way into second just past the midway point and closed in to challenge over the final circuits. Whitwell poked his nose under Gray in turns three and four on the white flag lap and then took a shot on the high side on the final round, but Gray held steady to post the win. “I didn’t really hear much,” Gray said. “I just kept my eyes open and my ears closed.” Joel Lane filled out the podium behind Gray and Whitwell with Kale Beavers and Jack Kirchoff rounding out the top five. Four-time and defending IMCA Sport Modified track champion Jeff Kaup opened things up in a familiar way by racing to victory lane in the 20-lap feature for his 17th DCRP score since the 2012 season. The Woodward, OK, shoe fired off from the front row but fell to third behind Toby Witthuhn and Brian May at the outside. “I’ve never started on the front row here, so I didn’t know what to do,” Kaup said. “I completely botched both of those original starts.” Kaup took advantage of May to take over second on the ninth round and then pounced on Witthuhn for the point on a lap 13 restart. Kaup opened up his advantage to a half-straightaway by the time the checkered flag flew with Witthuhn, May, 16th-starter Daylon Bergeron and Bart Baker filling out the top five. Recently back into the seat after a layoff of more than 15 years, Hays racer Troy Burkhart wired the field to take the win in the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Burkhart raced into the lead at the outset from the pole position but had his hands full much of the way fending off Ulysses’ Ron Hartman for the lead. Burkhart survived a final caution with just two laps to go to preserve the win ahead of Hartman with Shannon Maughlin, Dustin Witthuhn and Travis Baird rounding out the top five. Pratt’s Duane Wahrman picked up where he left off last season by winning the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Wahrman, who added his third win of the 2017 season in the season finale, led all 20 laps to take the victory. Defending track champion Reagan Sellard closed in midway through though and kept the pressure on the rest of the way. Wahrman was up to the task, holding off Sellard for the win with Dan Rogers, Tathan Burkhart and Matt O’Hair rounding out the top five. Action resumes at Dodge City Raceway Park with on Saturday night, May 19, with the Sixth Annual Modified Stampede that features a $750 winner’s share for the IMCA Modifieds along with a full card of Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. The event is a makeup of the card originally slated for April 21. Dodge City Raceway Park – Season Opener May 5, 2018 Results: Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 11k-Tyler Knight, 2. 98-J.D. Johnson, 3. 0-Steven Richardson, 4. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 5. 18-Brandon Sprott, 6. 24-Cody Hays, 7. 7-Shane Sundquist. DNS: 45-Kolt Washburn. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 97-Brian Herbert, 2. 72-Ray Seemann, 3. 49x-Luke Cranston, 4. 10-Jordan Knight, 5. 28-Tracey Hill, 6. 911-Ty Williams, 7. 8J-Brandy Jones, 8. 1-Nick Haygood. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 17x-Kade Hagans, 2. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 3. 33-Koby Walters, 4. 95-Brandon Tubbs, 5. 49-Kris Moore, 6. 4-Todd Plemons, 7. 1x-Cody Lampe. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 97-Brian Herbert, 2. 72-Ray Seemann, 3. 98-J.D. Johnson, 4. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 5. 28-Tracey Hill, 6. 911-Ty Williams, 7. 49x-Luke Cranston, 8. 33-Koby Walters, 9. 0-Steven Richardson, 10. 10-Jordan Knight, 11. 95-Brandon Tubbs, 12. 18-Brandon Sprott, 13. 1-Nick Haygood, 14. 49-Kris Moore, 15. 1x-Cody Lampe, 16. 4-Todd Plemons, 17. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 18. 7-Shane Sundquist, 19. 24-Cody Hays, 20. 11k-Tyler Knight, 21. 17x-Kade Hagans, 22. 45-Kolt Washburn. DNS: 8J-Brandy Jones. IMCA Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 25-Kale Beavers, 2. A2-Randy Wilson, 3. 71-Jesse Hoskins, 4. 57-Joel Lane, 5. 7n-Wiliam Nusser, 6. 71T-R.C. Whitwell, 7. 1n-Nick Link, 8. 26-Tom Beavers, 9. 27-Grant Florence. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 3h-Ryan Heger, 2. 44-Mike Lunow, 3. 16-Kevin Gray, 4. 05-Rick Taylor, 5. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 6. 36-Travis Simmons, 7. 01-Jesse Smith, 8. 06-Chad Taylor, 9. 12-Kevin Tabor. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 16-Kevin Gray, 2. 71T-R.C. Whitwell, 3. 57-Joel Lane, 4. 25-Kale Beavers, 5. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 6. 1n-Nick Link, 7. 7n-William Nusser, 8. 44-Mike Lunow, 9. 05-Rick Taylor, 10. 36-Travis Simmons, 11. 26-Tom Beavers, 12. 3h-Ryan Heger, 13. 01-Jesse Smith, 14. 06-Chad Taylor, 15. A2-Randy Wilson, 16. 12-Kevin Tabor. DNS: 27-Grant Florence, 71-Jesse Hoskins. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 2-John Newton, 3. 8-Brian May, 4. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 5. 83-Matthew Shenberger, 6. 1k-Brandon Wise, 7. 12d-Brad Johnson, 8. 62-Marvin Ward, 9. 4p-Daylon Bergeron. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 08-Dakota Sproul, 2. 18-Kyle Wiens, 3. 7-Jarett Lunow, 4. 56m-Mike Appel, 5. 10-Alex Wiens, 6. 37-Bart Baker, 7. 65-Kohl Ricke, 8. 21-Joey Maupin. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 3. 8-Brian May, 4. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 5. 37-Bart Baker, 6. 18-Kyle Wiens, 7. 1k-Brandon Wise, 8. 10-Alex Wiens, 9. 65-Kohl Ricke, 10. 21-Joey Maupin, 11. 2-John Newton, 12. 12d-Brad Johnson, 13. 62-Marvin Ward, 14. 7-Jarett Lunow, 15. 08-Dakota Sproul, 16. 56m-Mike Appel, 17. 83-Matthew Shenberger. IMCA Stock Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 2. 57-Will Bauer, 3. 25x-Troy Burkhart, 4. 22-Donald Kaup, 5. 771-Steve Blunk, 6. 20-Tyler Walker, 7. 88k-Brandon Kuker, 8. 22w-Mike Warta. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 52-Larry Baird, 2. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 3. 55h-Ron Hartman, 4. 89-Gregg Schell, 5. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 6. 52T-Travis Baird, 7. 3-Chris Oliver, 8. 33-Marlin Hogie. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 25x-Troy Burkhart, 2. 55h-Ron Hartman, 3. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 4. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 5. 52T-Travis Baird, 6. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 7. 771-Steve Blunk, 8. 57-Will Bauer, 9. 33-Marlin Hogie, 10. 20-Tyler Walker, 11. 88k-Brandon Kuker, 12. 52-Larry Baird, 13. 22w-Mike Warta, 14. 3-Chris Oliver, 15. 89-Gregg Schell. DNS: 22-Donald Kaup. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 68-Garrett Hager, 2. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 3. 57-Chad Kelley, 4. 250-Tathan Burkhart, 5. 81d-Mike Davis, 6. 24b-Sheri Berger, 7. 55-Jacob Huse, 8. 69-Danny Schulte. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 22r-Dan Rogers, 2. 17w-Daniel Wahrman, 3. 19-Brett Copeland, 4. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 5. 7-Tom Reed, 6. 2J-Jason McClung, 7. 34-Timothy Davis. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 2. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 3. 22r-Dan Rogers, 4. 250-Tathan Burkhart, 5. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 6. 57-Chad Kelley, 7. 19-Brett Copeland, 8. 81d-Mike Davis, 9. 7-Tom Reed, 10. 68-Garrett Hager, 11. 34-Timothy Davis, 12. 69-Danny Schulte. DNS: 24b-Sheri Berger, 2J-Jason McClung, 55-Jacob Huse.
  14. All Star Double for Reutzel after Runner-Up Finish in Sprint Car World Championship CLUTE, Texas (May 3, 2018) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team were so tantalizingly close to the $100,000 winner’s share in last weekend’s Sprint Car World Championship at Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Park. But, after settling for a lucrative $20,000 runner-up share among the stellar field of more than 70 entries, it’s back to All Star Circuit of Champions action for the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car team this weekend with events at Sarver, Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway on Friday and then Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday. Both tracks will be new territory for Reutzel and the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment crew that enters the weekend just six points out of the All Star points lead in second. Last weekend’s Sprint Car World Championship had Reutzel in the mix throughout, racing to a second-place finish in his preliminary featureon Friday night and then making a last-gasp bid for the $100,000 winner’s share in Saturday night’s finale that fell just short. “Tim (Shaffer) was fast, there’s no two ways about it,” Reutzel explains. “He was the guy to beat all weekend, he set the tone in Thursdaynight’s practice.” Reutzel started his weekend in strong fashion as well aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry, timing in second among his group on Friday and then earning the ninth starting position for the feature after a third-place heat race run. “We got to fifth pretty quick, so I started taking it kinda easy thinking that we could get in the top four without any problem,” Reutzel relates. “Some guys got to racing us so I had to pick it up and got to second right away.” Reutzel held second the rest of the way to lock into the Saturday finale, though it wasn’t without some tense moments in the final rounds. “With two laps to go, it started to run out of fuel,” Reutzel says. “It was completely out at the end, we coasted across the line. We just barely finished it.” Reutzel drew the front row for Saturday’s Dash and finished second to earn the front row outside starting position. “We tried a couple of things in the Dash and liked it,” Reutzel says. “But, it still took all I had just to keep up with Shaffer.” Reutzel took a conservative approach over the early portion of the 50-lapper to save the best for last. “I cruised the first 25 laps to save my tires, I tried to not spin them and stayed away from the cushion that was hurting some tires,” Reutzel explains. “I waited until about 20 laps to go to push him and try to make a move for the lead.” Cautions didn’t exactly play into Reutzel’s plans. “I would get to him, then there would be a caution,” Reutzel recalls. “It would take about five or six laps to get going again.” One final caution set up the dramatic finish. “I got a really good start, I got right to him and he blocked my slider, not even knowing I was there,” Reutzel relates. “Then I got another run coming to the checkered,” Reutzel says of the final circuit. “I bonzaied it with everything I had, it almost worked but I got into the fence. All in all, it was still a good weekend to come away with $20,000.” It was a memorable effort that left fans wanting more. They’ll get more with this weekend’s pair of All Star events. 2018 Quick Stats: 14 races, 1 win, 5 top-fives, 7 top-tens. Up Next: All Star Circuit of Champions at Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) on Friday night and Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Saturday night. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley atlonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  15. Beason Bests POWRi West Midgets at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway Lonnie Wheatley, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 28, 2018) – Jonathan Beason survived a frenzied 25-lap Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA feature atop the 1/5-mile Riverside I-44 Speedway clay oval on Saturday night to post his first series win of the year. The Broken Arrow racer fought off an early-race bid from Hank Davis before nursing an ailing powerplant over the final rounds to secure the victory aboard the Hard Eight Racing Ferguson Superstore No. 8J entry. “It has been a long time since I raced on a track that you had to be methodical,” Beason said of the surface bubbling with character. “I don’t race often enough so I’m really not that good at methodical.” Beason gunned into the lead at the outset from the pole position but soon had fellow front row starter Hank Davis nipping at his heels. The 14-year-old from Sand Springs battled into the lead briefly on the tenth round only to hand the lead back to Beason the next time around when he bounced it through turns three and four after losing brakes on a previous caution. “I was waiting for someone to show me if I was setting a fast enough pace,” Beason explained. “After that, I started sliding myself and I found it, the car felt really good.” Beason maintained a several car-length edge in the ensuing laps over a fierce pack of cars dicing for position that included Davis, current series points leader Kory Schudy, defending champion Grady Chandler, Trey Marcham and Chance Morton. Morton’s efforts went awry when he bounced to a stop in turn four after 16 laps while Davis later lost steering exiting turn four with the white flag in sight while still in second and clipped the wall, collecting Chandler in the process to set up a green-white-checkered run to the stipe. And it seemed to be anything but over. “I dropped a cylinder with about eight laps to go,” Beason explained. “I really didn’t know if it would take off on that last restart, I was afraid I might pile everyone up.” His machine responded well enough for Beason to preserve the win ahead of Schudy with Marcham filling out the podium in third. Fifteen-year-old Cannon McIntosh rallied from the 19th starting position to capture fourth with Blake Edwards rounding out the top five. Kyle Clark climbed from 13th to sixth with Morton rebounding to finish seventh. Hannah Adair crossed the stripe eighth with Weston Gorham and “B” Main winner Brendon Wiseley completing the top ten. Beason, Davis and Schudy topped heat race action for the 25-car field. In addition to Lucas Oil and Executive Concrete NWA, additional POWRi West Midget League supporting sponsors include Two-Eight Drilling, American Discount Auto Care, R&M Race Trailer, A1 Machine, Rod End Supply, Pyrotech, Esslinger and MyChron Tom/AIM. The POWRi West Midget League returns to action next weekend (May 4-5) in tandem with the POWRi National Midget series in Missouri on Friday night at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley and then Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland. Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA Results I-44 Riverside Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) – April 28, 2018 Smith Ti Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason, 2. 32-Trey Marcham, 3. 00-Grady Chandler, 4. 71wg-Weston Gorham, 5. 19-Pierce Urbanosky, 6. 721-Brendon Wisely, 7. 2b-Brett Becker, 8. 85-Matt Johnson, 9. 4b-Harlan Hulsey. Keizer Wheels Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 42-Hank Davis, 2. 7m-Chance Morton, 3. 23-Hannah Adair, 4. 17e-Blake Edwards, 5. 27b-A.J. Burns, 6. 9-Emilio Hoover, 7. 59-Austin Shores, 8. 08-Cannon McIntosh. Saldana Products Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 28-Kory Schudy, 2. 96-Cody Brewer, 3. 14k-Noah Key, 4. 9$-Kyle Clark, 5. 9u-Doug McCune, 6. 51-Kade Taylor, 7. 8m-Kade Morton, 8. 24-Hunter Fischer. “B” Main: 1. 721-Brendon Wiseley, 2. 24-Hunter Fischer, 3. 08-Cannon McIntosh, 4. 85-Matt Johnson, 5. 2b-Brett Becker, 6. 8m-Kade Morton. DNS: 9-Emilio Hoover, 59-Austin Shores, 4b-Harlan Hulsey. “A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason (1), 2. 28-Kory Schudy (5), 3. 32-Trey Marcham (7), 4. 08-Cannon McIntosh (19), 5. 17e-Blake Edwards (6), 6. 9$-Kyle Clark (13), 7. 7m-Chance Morton (8), 8. 23-Hannah Adair (9), 9. 71wg-Weston Gorham (10), 10. 721-Brendon Wiseley (17), 11. 51-Kade Taylor (14), 12. 9u-Doug McCune (16), 13. 19-Pierce Urbanosky (15), 14. 00-Grady Chandler (3), 15. 42-Hank Davis (2), 16. 27b-A.J. Burns (12), 17. 14k-Noah Key (11), 18. 96-Cody Brewer (4), 19. 85-Matt Johnson (20), 20. 24-Hunter Fischer (18). BOSS Performance High Point Driver: 28-Kory Schudy.
  16. POWRi West Midget League Invades Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway on Saturday TULSA, Okla. (April 25, 2018) – The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA gets back into action with a return to Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway this Saturday night. It will mark the fourth round of competition for the POWRi West Midget League after opening the season with a pair of events in tandem with the National series at I-44 Riverside Speedway in March and then taking to Meeker’s Red Dirt Raceway on April 13. Christopher Bell swept through both nights of action at I-44 Riverside Speedway in March before Tahlequah’s Ace McCarthy topped the field at Red Dirt Raceway. Leading the way into Saturday’s card in the POWRi West Midget League championship points chase is Springfield, Missouri’s Kory Schudy, who moved atop the point charts after a fourth-place run in the most recent outing at Meeker. Schudy holds a 70-point edge over defending series champion Grady Chandler of Edmond, OK, with Nixa, Missouri’s Wesley Smith another 20 points back as McCarthy climbed into the top five after his triumph. In addition to Bell, other recent POWRi West winners at I-44 Riverside Speedway include Tucker Klaasmeyer in 2017, Blake Edwards in 2016 and Kevin Bayer and Chandler in 2015. Saturday’s event also marks the fourth round of action for the POWRi West Sooner Series, a league within a league. In total, more than $12,000 in points fund money is up for grabs in the POWRi West Midget League and POWRi West Sooner Series action for 2018. In addition to Lucas Oil and Executive Concrete NWA, additional POWRi West Midget League supporting sponsors include Two-Eight Drilling, American Discount Auto Care, R&M Race Trailer and A1 Machine. Contingency sponsors include Smith Ti (Heat One), Keizer Wheels (Heat Two), Saldana Products (Heat Three), Rod End Supply (Heat Four), Pyrotech (Heat Five), BOSS Performance (High Point Driver), MPI “Official Steering Wheel” of POWRi West, Esslinger Engineering Performance Award (top-finishing Esslinger entry), and the MyChron Tom/AIM bonus of $300 (1st), $150 (2nd) and $50. Saturday’s racing action at I-44 Riverside Speedway is set to get under way at 7:00 p.m. I-44 Riverside Speedway is located in southwest Oklahoma City off I-44 Exit 109, then 0.1 miles east on 149th then south. For more information, contact the track at 405-633-1583. The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Executive Concrete NWA is slated for 29 nights of competition at 13 different tracks throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. The POWRi West Sooner Series consists of the dozen events in the state of Oklahoma. More information regarding the POWRi West Midget League is available at http://www.powri.com/ and on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PowRiWest/.
  17. Reutzel Starts Strong with All Stars – Three-Race Set on Tap for this Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (April 19, 2018) – The off-season hard work and preparation is paying early dividends for Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team with a strong start to the All Star Circuit of Champions season in central Pennsylvania last weekend. After kicking off the series title chase on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, the Clute, TX, racer drove the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car to a strong runner-up finish in Saturday’s tilt at Port Royal Speedway before Sunday’s go at Bedford Speedway fell victim to rain. “It was a great way to start the points race, hopefully we can continue it this weekend,” Reutzel says. This weekend’s slate of action includes a pair of All Star cards in Ohio at Attica Raceway Park on Friday and then Wayne County Speedway on Saturday before joining in on World of Outlaws competition at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on Sunday night. The All Star title pursuit got under way for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team last Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. “We were in the last flight and qualified second,” Reutzel recalls. “That turned out to not be good though, nobody that started second row in the heats made it to the dash.” After a fourth-place run in the heat to earn a feature position, the team did little toying with the machine before the feature. “We were okay in the heat race. We didn’t do a lot before the feature, but we should have tightened up a lot. We just weren’t any good,” Reutzel said of the 19th place finish. Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions team bounced back in a big way on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. After setting overall quick time of 16.473 seconds over a stout field of 47 entries, Reutzel earned the third starting position for the feature. “It was slicker than I’ve seen it,” Reutzel said of the ½-mile Port Royal oval. “We went from third to second in the Dash, doing it in the slick. So we felt pretty good.” Reutzel put the BRM No. 87 out front in short order in the feature and led much of the way until a crucial open red flag midway through the race. “We got to the lead and I felt like I was setting a good pace,” Reutzel recalls. “I thought we would be alright.” The past ASCS National champion spotted potential problems at the open red flag at the midway point. “I saw that my left rear was pretty blistered,” Reutzel says. “We added some air to take care of it and I backed my entry off some to keep it straighter.” Even with the blistered left rear, Reutzel maintained the lead until the 21st round of the 30 lapper and then held a solid second position the rest of the way to escape the Central Pennsylvania double with the virtual All Star Circuit of Champions points lead. Off to a strong start of a season that already includes his first career World of Outlaws triumph, Reutzel and the BRM No. 87 team look to carry that success into this weekend’s set of events. 2018 Quick Stats: 10 races, 1 win, 3 top-fives, 3 top-tens. Up Next: Friday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica (OH) Raceway Park. Saturday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH). Sunday – World of Outlaws at Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN). For those unable to catch the action in person, the Friday and Saturday All Star events are available via PPV on https://www.speedshifttv.com/ while Sunday’s World of Outlaws event is available via PPV on http://www.dirtvision.com/home.php. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  18. Bellm Kicks Off 2018 Season at Air Capital Shootout Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (March 29, 2018) – Kyle Bellm is set to kick off the 2018 season in grand style by making a run for this weekend’s $13,000 NCRA Sprint Car winner’s share at 81 Speedway’s “Air Capital Shootout” near Wichita, KS, aboard the Greenworks Nursery/Landscapes Awarded No. 14k Sprint Car. Following a Thursday night practice session, the Friday-Saturday double atop the 3/8-mile clay oval will mark Bellm’s third “Air Capital Shootout” event with a strong sixth-place finish in his most recent outing in 2014. “We’re excited for Wichita, we’re looking forward to getting the season going,” the pilot of the Kannady Racing Engines-powered Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care entry commented. “We’ve been pretty good there so we’re looking for a couple of solid nights to start the year.” Coming off a strong 2017 season that included a handful of wins and 17 top-five finishes, this weekend begins a slate of approximately 50 events over the course of the season for the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision Sprint Car team. “We’re not going to chase any points this year, we’re just going to pick and choose our races,” Bellm explains. “Between the National races in the area along with the Regional races and weekly shows at Lake Ozark, there are a lot of good paying races within several hours of home.” It will lead to a busy season of racing action throughout Missouri and surrounding states for the VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions/Schaeffers Racing Oil entry with an ASCS Warrior Region outing at Moberly’s Randolph County Raceway on April 14 next on the docket after this weekend’s action. The team does however find itself entering the 2018 season minus a primary sponsor. “We appreciate the support that Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) gave us over the past two years and everything that they did to help build this team,” Bellm says. “Hopefully we can find another major partner that can help us continue to improve the team along with the group of marketing partners that we already have in place.” This weekend’s racing action at 81 Speedway fires off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and then 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Those unable to catch the action in person can watch via Pay-Per-View at https://www.speedshifttv.com/. 2017 Quick Stats: 38 races, 5 wins, 17 top-fives, 18 top-tens. Up Next: NCRA Sprint Car “Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS. Keep Track: Keep track of Kyle Bellm’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.kylebellm.com/, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/KyleBellmRacing?fref=ts or on Twitter at @kylebellmracing. If you would like Kyle Bellm Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley atlonniewheatley@gmail.com. Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events. For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  19. DCRP Season Opener Postponed by Inclement Weather – Reset for April 7 DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 29, 2018) – The season will open at Dodge City Raceway Park another seven days later, as Saturday night’s scheduled event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval has been postponed due to forecasts of bone-chilling weather. After a bustling practice session last Saturday, the state-of-the-art facility in southwest Kansas will now kick off the 2018 season on Saturday night, April 7. The season opener will include a full championship slate of events including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m. The Easter Egg hunt slated for children eight and under will take place during the rescheduled season opener on April 7 as well. The April 7 event will kick off a blockbuster season of racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park that includes a total of 17 nights of scheduled racing action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on October 20 to close out the year. The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/. Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  20. Reutzel Wraps Up Cali WoO Swing Saturday at Bakersfield by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (March 22, 2018) – With Mother Nature dominating the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars California swing thus far, Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team hope to get on the track one more time before traveling back to Ohio to begin their pursuit of the All Star Circuit of Champions title. With the Wednesday card at Placerville nixed days in advance and Friday’s event at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway falling victim as well, all that remains standing is Saturday’s Cali finale at Bakersfield Speedway. “We need to get one of these in,” the driver of the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car commented. Thus far, California rain has washed out four of six scheduled events. After debuting the newly-formed BRM team at Las Vegas, the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment entry has performed superbly in California with Reutzel bagging his first career World of Outlaws win at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on March 9 and then marching towards another strong finish at The Stockton Dirt Track last Saturday (March 17) before suspension woes forced him pitside. “It was unbelievable,” Reutzel says of his first World of Outlaws triumph at the Thunderbowl Raceway. “It was the same thing that I did for the Peter Murphy win, I just kind of held position early and then found the top and got rolling. Once I got by (Donny) Schatz for second, I figured that had to be the hardest part right there.” After that, Reutzel battled past Cory Eliason for the win in the closing laps. “The main thing was I didn’t want to show him the top of three and four,” Reutzel recalls. “After I got by him, I was happy that I got by the lapped cars right away, I knew we had it then.” With the following night at Tulare rained out and then last Friday’s Stockton opener awash as well, track crews managed to get in the Saturday card. “The track caught us by surprise all night,” Reutzel says. “We never could quite adjust for the racetrack.” Reutzel still timed in seventh among his group aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry to grid fourth in heat race action. “Outside was the place to be and we had two good starts get called back,” Reutzel says. “Then a car on the inside wrecked and we had to move inside.” It proved costly, with Reutzel dropping to fifth early before battling back to finish fourth, putting him 17th in the feature lineup. “We loosened up a little bit for the ‘A’”, Reutzel relates. “They scraped the track and it was lockdown heavy.” Reutzel was on the move though, making it up to tenth when a left rear shock broke. “We changed it and got back out,” Reutzel recalls. “We didn’t have another one like the one that broke though and what we put on wasn’t working so we pulled off after a few laps.” It was another night that the BRM No. 87 showed impressive speed. “We had just passed the car that finished seventh when that shock broke,” Reutzel explains. “I feel like we had a car that could have run up as far as fifth.” Reutzel gets one more California chance on Saturday with his first visit to Bakersfield Speedway. “It looks badass, a tight little bullring,” Reutzel said after scouting out the track in videos. “It should be a fun one.” 2018 Quick Stats: 4 races, 1 win, 2 top-fives, 2 top-tens. Up Next: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars at Bakersfield (CA) Speedway on Saturday. For those unable to catch the action in person, it is available via PPV on www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron ataaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  21. Saturday Practice Precedes DCRP Season Opene by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 21, 2018) – Activity is picking up around the Dodge City Raceway Park 3/8-mile clay oval with opening night just ten days away. But first, an Open Practice session is on tap for this Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Grandstand admission to Saturday’s practice is free with a $20 fee per person for admittance to the pit area. The practice session is open to all. Saturday’s practice session precedes the 2018 season opener by seven nights, with the Dodge City Raceway Park season officially getting under way on Saturday night, March 31. The March 31 season opener will feature a full card of championship racing action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. The March 31 event fires off at 7:30 p.m. with tickets just $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. A handful of drivers reign as defending DCRP track champions including Taylor Velasquez (DCRP Sprint Cars), Clay Sellard (IMCA Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Angel Munoz (IMCA Stock Cars) and Reagan Sellard (IMCA Hobby Stocks). In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action following Saturday’s open practice session. The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/. Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  22. Texan Aaron Reutzel Scores WoO Top Five in BRM Debut; Thunderbowl Double this Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (March 8, 2018) – Assembling all the parts and pieces to a new team is no easy task. But the effort proved worthwhile right away as Aaron Reutzel raced to a top-five World of Outlaws finish in last week’s Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team debut at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. After showing substantial speed aboard the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car only to be foiled by a cut tire on Wednesday night, Reutzel and crew bounced right back to earn the pole position forThursday night’s feature event before posting a fifth-place finish. “All in all, it was a good way to get started,” the Clute, TX, racer commented. “Everyone involved was happy with how things went.” Saturday’s scheduled card at Perris Auto Speedway was an early victim of rain. The team stays in California for World of Outlaws action over the next three weekends beginning with Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday and Saturday. The BRM team unloaded at the track for the first time last Wednesday night (February 28) for the opening leg of the World of Outlaws FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. And the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team came out of the box quickly. “We were happy with hot laps,” Reutzel says. “But I guess that I made one too many laps, so they penalized us one lap in qualifying.” That penalty proved costly. “That one lap we had, I got hung out in the slick and ruined our lap,” Reutzel said of the circuit that put him 13th among his group. “Then our heat was pretty much one lane, but we were happy with our speed.” Gridding the “B” Main field sixth, Reutzel rallied into second in short order only to have a transfer position swiped away by a flattened left rear tire with the white flag in sight. “I don’t know if we had it too low to start with or if we cut it or just what happened, but there wasn’t enough time to get back out,” the driver of the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry explained. Reutzel began Thursday’s action with a qualifying effort that was fifth among his qualifying group. “We went out dead last and still laid down what I thought was a decent lap. I may have left a tenth or two out there, it’s been a while since we’ve qualified so I’m still knocking the rust off.” There was no rust in racing action though, with Reutzel rallying from fifth to second in his heat race to secure a Dash position. “We went from fifth to second in the heat race with no problem and about passed Brian Brown for the lead,” Reutzel recalls. Reutzel went on to win the Dash to secure the pole position for the night’s feature event. “We were good in the Dash, but I felt like we were just a little bit loose,” Reutzel explains. “We tightened it up just a little bit, but it was just a little too much.” With a tight race car for the feature, Reutzel still managed to put together a fifth-place run to make for a successful opening pair of events for the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 team. “I couldn’t quite hit the ledges, and if you’re off just a little bit with these Outlaw guys, it’ll show,” Reutzel explains. The BRM team will spend the next three weekends in California competing with the World of Outlaws before shifting to All Star Circuit of Champions action in Ohio. And the California swing gets rolling with this weekend’s pair of events at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday and Saturday. Reutzel has enjoyed some past Thunderbowl success with a Peter Murphy Classic win in 2015. “Tulare has been good for me,” Reutzel says. “Hopefully it’s a get-up-on-the-fence kinda deal. It if is, then I think we’ll be alright.” 2018 Quick Stats: 2 races, 1 top-five, 1 top-ten. Up Next: World of Outlaws at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on Friday and Saturday. For those unable to catch the action in person, it is available via PPV on www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  23. Reutzel Debuts New Team in Las Vegas WoO Double this Week by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (February 27, 2018) – Several months of hard work and preparation will finally come to fruition as Aaron Reutzel and the newly-formed Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car debuts with this week’s pair of World of Outlaws events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday. After taking in Nevada’s Sin City double for the third year in a row for the Clute, TX, racer, the Folken Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution team moves on to California’s Perris Motor Speedway on Saturday night before taking in the entirety of the World of Outlaws California swing over the next several weeks. It marks the kickoff of an ambitious 2018 slate of events for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team that includes the pursuit of the All Star Circuit of Champions title along with a healthy portion of the World of Outlaws slates. It’s a season that will encompass more than 80 nights of racing. “I’m beyond excited for this year,” the past Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour champion comments. “This is a big opportunity, hopefully we can make the best of it.” Plans had originally called for the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions team to debut during last weekend’s World of Outlaws pair of events in Texas. However, Mother Nature had other ideas in mind with both falling victim to inclement weather. “With Josh (Baughman) and I both being from Texas, it would have been perfect to start with the new team in Texas,” Reutzel says. “This all came together pretty late, we’ve been working hard to get everything ready. We’re excited to finally get on the track this week in Las Vegas.” After Las Vegas, the balance of the month of March will be spent with the World of Outlaws in California before All Star Circuit of Champions action kicks off at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway on April 6. While several of the California venues will be new territory for Reutzel, he has tasted past success at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway with a lucrative Peter Murphy Classic score in 2015. The Thunderbowl double is slated for March 9-10 after this week’s events. First up is a roll of the dice at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, where Reutzel has raced into three of four World of Outlaws features over the past two years. Saturday’s stop at Perris Auto Speedway will be Reutzel’s first laps at the California clay oval. A new team with a new vision, Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports team looks to start off strong in Las Vegas. 2018 Quick Stats: First events of the season this week. Up Next: World of Outlaws at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 and March 1. For those unable to catch the action in person, it is available via PPV on www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  24. Courtney Takes Two Winter Dirt Games Wins Lonnie Wheatley, INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 23, 2018) – It was a near perfect start to the 2018 USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car season for Tyler Courtney and the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing Priority Aviation No. 7bc Sprint Car team. Only slowed by a cut tire in the opening leg of last weekend’s “Winter Dirt Games” at Bubba Raceway Park, “Sunshine” stormed to victory lane on both Friday and Saturday night atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in Ocala, FL, to escape the Sunshine State among the top three in series points. “It’s good for everyone on the team,” the driver of the Rider-powered Driven2SaveLives Spike-chassis explains. “It gives us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the season, it takes a lot of question marks out about whether this was the right move to make or not.” There was little to question about the Schoenfeld Headers/Wilwood Brakes team in last weekend’s set of events. “The only thing that could have been better would have been to win the opening night too,” Courtney comments. “I didn’t get the greatest of qualifying laps and put us behind the eight ball.” After winning his heat race, Courtney was still on the move in Thursday’s opening round of the “Winter Dirt Games” before a cut tire interrupted his charge. “We had passed seven cars in the first ten laps, the car was definitely good,” Courtney explained after his run from the 17th starting position. Courtney went on to salvage an eleventh-place finish in the opener before literally owning the rest of the weekend on Friday and Saturday. He timed in third aboard the CSI Shocks/Walker Filtration entry on Friday before winning his heat race and then making an impressive slide past two rivals into the lead on the third round of the feature. Courtney led the rest of the way in the 30-lapper for his first triumph of the young season after posting 15 wins last year. “I knew I needed to get there,” Courtney explains. “I was running that next groove up from where they were and it stuck. I knew it was only a matter of time before they got there too. So, I knew I needed to get by them and get going.” After timing in eighth on Saturday night, Courtney won his third heat race of the weekend and landed on the pole of the 30-lap “Winter Dirt Games” finale. He left little doubt from there, bursting into the lead at the outset and checking out on the field for a second win in as many nights. “I think it handled even better tonight,” Courtney commented afterward. “We were able to go pretty much anywhere I put it.” It was the season opening weekend that “Sunshine” and the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing team was seeking. “We made our mark, was just have to keep digging,” Courtney says. “I’m anxious to get to the next one at Lawrenceburg, I just wish it was sooner,” Courtney comments of the next race on the USAC National Sprint Car slate on March 31. “That will give the guys plenty of time to go through everything and be sure we’re ready.” The opening weekend’s wins also came aboard a car that featured a throwback look to a past Bryan Clauson entry. “That was a cool throwback to a car that Bryan drove for Chuck (Eberhardt) and Fred (Zirzow),” Courtney explains. “That meant a lot because Chuck and Fred were the first guys to take chance on me and put me in a car when nobody knew if could even race or not.” “Sunshine” clearly carried the colors admirably. After what will be a rare idle weekend, Courtney is back in action next Wednesday and Thursday with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the Seventh Annual Sin City Showdown aboard Mike Phulps’ Metal Works No. 56 Sprint Car. 2018 Quick Stats: 5 races, 2 wins, 3 top-fives, 3 top-tens. Up Next: USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 and March 1. For those unable to catch the action in person, it is available via PPV on www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Tyler Courtney’s on-track action including schedule and results at www.tylercourtney.com. If you would like Tyler Courtney Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  25. Dodge City Raceway Park to host 2nd Annual 305 Sprint Car Nationals - Lubbock Wrecker Service Named Title Sponsor by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 13, 2018) – With the 2018 racing season at Dodge City Raceway Park rapidly approaching, Lubbock Wrecker Service has signed on as the title sponsor of the Second Annual DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals. The $3,000-to-win Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals is set for June 15-16 atop the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval in Southwest Kansas. All Saturday, June 16, “A” Main starters will earn at least $600. The event pits the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars versus the United Rebel Sprint Series with all variety of invaders from surrounding states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado and more expected as well. “I want to see the 305 Sprint Car class continue to grow,” commented Lubbock Wrecker Service owner Scott Brown. “Dodge City Raceway Park is in the perfect central location to bring all the hotbeds in Texas and Nebraska and more together in one place. It’s a great event to see which area gets bragging rights for the year.” Last year, Fort Worth, Texas’ Kevin Ramey topped a stellar field of cars to win the inaugural edition of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals, edging Nebraska’s Trevor Grossenbacher and Colorado’s Jake Bubak in a fiercely contested event after Wright, KS, shoe Tyler Knight topped the Friday night preliminary event. The IMCA Stock Cars will join in on both nights of Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals action with the IMCA Sport Modifieds on the Saturday, June 16, card as well. Standard Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car rules will be in effect for the Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals, with the following items to be noted: ---Right rear tire may be either the Hoosier Racesaver or Hoosier 105x16.0-15 Medium or 105x18.0-15 Hard. Any tire is allowed on the other three corners. ---Top wing (maximum 5x5) must be totally flat to run a wicker bill up to two inches. No wicker bills permitted on dished wings. Sideboards on the top wing must be 90 degrees square to center foil. The leading edge of the nose wing can be no further forward than 20 inches of the leading edge of the front axle. ---Cockpit adjustable weight jacks, shocks or wings will not be permitted. Titanium brakes are okay. There will be a handful of opportunities for teams to get dialed in for the Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals including the season-opening event on March 31 with the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars also in action on April 7, April 21, May 5 and May 26 before the big event on June 15-16. In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action following on open practice session on Saturday, March 24. The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/. Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
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