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  1. Weiss Wins Wild West Shootout Opener with Thornton & Bintz in Victory Lane as Well by Lonnie Wheatley SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 6, 2018) – Canada’s Ricky Weiss cashed in on the opening leg of the 12th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Part by racing to a $5,000 Super Late Model victory in Saturday night’s headliner atop the 1/3-mile FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway. After surrendering the point prior to midway to Chris Simpson, the Manitoba racer rallied back by on the high side in the closing rounds to top the initial round of Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation competition. “This is a great field, it’s the best of the best and feels good to be here,” Weiss said in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane. While Weiss enjoyed Super Late Model victory lane, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Scott Bintz visited Hoker Trucking Victory Lane in Wild West Shootout action as well by besting the USRA Modifieds and X-Modifieds, respectively, as a total of 139 cars filled the pit area for the first of six rounds of competition over the next eight days. In the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport feature, Weiss lead the initial 17 circuits before Simpson slipped by on the low side exiting turn two on the 18th round. But, as Simpson approached lapped traffic in the latter stages, Weiss spied an opportunity to pounce back on the lead. “We closed on the 18 car (Chase Junghans), he moved to the top and pulled away,” Weiss related. “I moved up there not thinking it would be that good, but I found out it was a lot better.” Weiss raced back around Simpson on the high side to take command for keeps on the 34th round, putting himself in line for a potential Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for the driver that can top all six rounds. Iowa’s Simpson settled for runner-up honors, commenting that, “It sucks leading that many laps and losing like that, but all in all it was a good night.” Tennessee’s Mike Marlar filled out the podium in third with Brandon Sheppard and Garrett Alberson rounding out the top five. Chandler, Arizona’s Ricky Thornton, Jr., picked right up where he left off last year, racing to victory lane in the 25-lap MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential feature event after topping last year’s Wild West Shootout points. After three aborted starts, fourth-starter Thornton, Jr., split the front row of Josh Angst and Matt Leer at the outset en route to a wire-to-wire triumph in the non-stop affair. “They didn’t give me as much room after the first couple of restarts, I think I just wanted it more,” Thornton, Jr., said in victory lane. “The car was really good on the restarts and then we went to the bottom, we were geared for that and not the top.” It worked out well for Thornton, Jr., as he cruised out front the entire distance with Lucas Schott taking runner-up honors ahead of Stormy Scott, who rallied from 12th to the show position in the early rounds. Angst and Justin Kay rounded out the top five. In RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson action, Jamestown, North Dakota’s Scott Bintz found his way back into victory lane by wiring the field from the pole position in the 20-lapper. “I didn’t think I’d ever get back here,” Bintz exclaimed in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane. “It has been a long dry spell at the Wild West Shootout.” Bintz left little doubt about this one, leading the duration to the stripe ahead of Cole Searing, Lucas Roden, Stephen Muilenberg and Shawn Fernkes. The Wild West Shootout continues at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway on Sunday with racing action set to go green at 5:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds to follow on Wednesday, January 10, and then Friday through Sunday, January 12-14. A $5,000 winner’s share is up for grabs for the Super Late Models through the opening five nights of competition before the stakes are upped to $13,000-to-win for the January 14 finale. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.wildwestshootout.net/schedule/ and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found atwww.wildwestshootout.net or by calling the Wild West Shootout office at 520-664-2074. Shootout Hotel Information can be found at http://www.wildwestshootout.net/fan-info/lodging-2/ or by calling La Quinta Inn & Suites at 480-844-8747. The La Quinta Phoenix Mesa West is located at 902 W. Grove in Mesa, AZ. Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m. Arizona Speedway is located just minutes from Phoenix. From Phoenix, take US 60 east to Ironwood Dr., turn right (south) and go four miles, Arizona Speedway is on the right hand side. For more information, visit www.wildwestshootout.net or call 520-664-2074. The 2018 Wild West Shootout is made possible by Keyser Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Black Diamond/Club 29 Race Cars, M&W Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border International Trucks, Arizona Differential, RHR RacingSwag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Hoker Trucking, Total Seal Piston Rings, Karl Performance, Textron Off-Road, Shaw Trucking, M&S Concrete, AR Bodies, Earnhardt Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Ram, Pro Power Engines, VP Racing Fuel, Penske Racing Shocks and Hoosier Tires. Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts Results - FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway – Saturday, January 6, 2018 Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation (50 Cars): Heat Winners: 42s-Don Shaw, 157-Mike Marlar, 7w-Ricky Weiss, 37-Scott Ward, 01-Garrett Alberson, 32-Chris Simpson. “B” Main Winners: 18-Chase Junghans, 2T-Ryan Gustin. Pro Power Dash Winner: 44x-Clint Smith. “A” Main (40 Laps): 1. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 3. 157-Mike Marlar, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 01-Garrett Alberson, 6. 42s-Don Shaw, 7. 97-Cade Dillard, 8. 16-Austin Siebert, 9. 75-Terry Phillips, 10. 90-Lance Malthees, 11. 86-Kyle Beard, 12. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 13. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 14. 0-Jake O’Neil, 15. 18-Chase Junghans, 16. 89-Mike Spatola, 17. 20-Rodney Sanders, 18. 12-Nick Bartels, 19. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 20. 15-Justin Duty, 21. 7d-Austin Theiss, 22. 37-Scott Ward, 23. 3k-Tanner Kellick, 24. 15k-Justin Kay. MVT/Border International USRA Modifieds presented by Arizona Differential (48 Cars) “A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. 69-Lucas Schott, 3. 2s-Stormy Scott, 4. 99-Josh Angst, 5. 15k-Justin Kay, 6. 1s-Johnny Scott, 7. 23-Adam Kates, 8. 7a-Shane Sabraski, 9. 23x-Matt Gilbertson, 10. 44-Christy Barnett, 11. 18z-Zane Devilbiss, 12. 65x-Carlos Ahumada, Jr., 13. G17-Fito Gallardo, 14. 19-Lucas Rodin, 15. 6-Casey Skyberg, 16. 6d-Dylan Goplen, 17. 30-Matt Leer, 18. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, 19. 7k-Jason Krohn, 20. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 21. 2a-Casey Arneson, 22. 19sb-Lance Mari, 23. 71-Dustin Strand, 24. J17-Jake Gallardo. RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson (41 Cars) “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 1s-Scott Bintz, 2. 0-Cole Searing, 3. 19-Lucas Roden, 4. 39-Stephen Muilenburg, 5. 99-Shawn Fernkes, 6. 30-Dewayne Tesch, 7. 44JT-Jamie Torres, 8. 10c-Cole Hauglend, 9. 777-Mike Rosales, 10. 88-Nathan Smith, 11. 32-Eric Hauglane, 12. 55-Mike Hailman, 13. 57x-Chad Horst, 14. 14-Shawn Strong, 15. 51w-Ronald Webster, 16. 6c-Kalvin Caitlin, 17. 7T-Joseph Thomas, 18. 3J-Josh Cain, 19. 71-Dustin Strand, 20. 16-Jason Vanderkamp, 21. 782-Jeremiah Christensen, 22. 22-Jesse Haynye, 23. 07-Donovan Flores, 24. 6-Dean Eggebraaten.
  2. Dodge City Raceway Park Crowns Five Champions in 2017 Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (December 21, 2017) – Another year of white-knuckle racing action atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in 2017 culminated with a handful of drivers earning track championships. Ten intense nights of championship chase action attracted in excess of 200 total competitors with 214 taking in at least one night of competition over the course of the year. When the final checkered flag flew on the Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event in September, it was Taylor Velasquez, Clay Sellard, Jeff Kaup, Angel Munoz and Reagan Sellard emerging as champions. Those five along with the balance of the top ten in final points in all five classes (Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks) will be honored at the DCRP Awards Banquet to be held at the Western Expo Center adjacent to the track on Saturday, January 27. The event is open to all fans and teams with tickets just $25 per person. Available until January 20, tickets may be ordered by calling Gina Wilson at 620-339-9873 or Tommie Estes, Jr., at 405-238-8485. A look at the top ten in final 2017 points in each division is as follows… Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Taylor Velasquez made it two track championships in a row with a wins on July 15 and then the season finale on September 16 among his seven top-fives and nine top-tens in ten events. It was enough for Velasquez to take the crown by 93 points over Tyler Knight. Winner of the first two races out, Ty Williams ranked as the only other driver to post multiple wins as eight different drivers scored victories in ten outings. Fort Worth, Texas, invader took the big money in June’s DCRP Sprint Car Nationals. Feature Winners: Taylor Velasquez 2, Ty Williams 2, Zach Blurton 1, Jake Bubak 1, Luke Cranston 1, Tyler Knight 1, Jake Martens 1, Kevin Ramey 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Taylor Velasquez (Turpin, OK) 1,415, 2. Tyler Knight (Wright, KS) 1,322, 3. Kris Moore (Dodge City, KS) 1,255, 4. Jordan Knight (Wright, KS) 1,222, 5. Brandy Jones (Dodge City, KS) 1,195, 6. Ross Essenburg (Wichita, KS) 1,154, 7. Brian Herbert (Dodge City, KS) 1,038, 8. Brandon Sprott (Dodge City, KS) 968, 9. Ray Seemann (Jetmore, KS) 946, 10. Craig Jecha (Timken, KS) 789. Total Competitors: 48 Perfect Attendance (10 of 10): Taylor Velasquez, Tyler Knight, Kris Moore, Jordan Knight, Brandy Jones, Ross Essenburg. IMCA Modifieds: Clay Sellard put together nine top-tens in ten starts to add a Dodge City Raceway Park IMCA Modified title to a previous track IMCA Sport Mod crown. A May 28 win for Sellard was among his division-best five top-five runs on the year. Sellard took the title by a healthy 136-point margin over Randy Wilson, who edged 2016 track champ Nick Link by just one point for runner-up honors. A mere 17 points separated the handful of drivers ranked from second to sixth. The IMCA Modifieds offered up eight winners in ten events with Cole Traugott and William Nusser the only ones able to post multiple wins. Feature Winners: William Nusser 2, Cole Traugott 2, Kale Beavers 1, Brendon Gemmill 1, Tracy Link 1, Randle McRoberts 1, Mike Petersilie 1, Clay Sellard 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,347, 2. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 1,201, 3. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 1,200, 4. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 1,197, 5. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 1,193, 6. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 1,184, 7. Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 1,155, 8. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 1,111, 9. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 1,110, 10. Tracy Link (Rolla, KS) 1,109. Total Competitors: 45 Perfect Attendance (10 of 10): Clay Sellard, Randy Wilson, Nick Link, Kevin Gray, Mike Lunow, Kale Beavers, Jack Kirchoff, Jesse Smith, Tracy Link, Tom Beavers, Travis Simmons. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Denied the title in 2016, Woodward’s Jeff Kaup got his vengeance by winning four of eight features en route to snaring his fourth track title in the past five years. With seven podium finishes and nothing worse than fourth, Kaup blitzed out to a 160-point margin over the duo of Brian May and Kyle Wiens, who tied for runner-up honors. Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 4, Dustin Daniels 1, Brian Davidson 1, Brandon Kenny 1, Dakota Sproul 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 1,173, 2. (tie) Brian May (Spearville, KS) and Kyle Wiens (Newton, KS) 1,013, 4. Alex Wiens (Newton, KS) 1,009, 5. Joey Maupin (Dodge City, KS) 966, 6. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 946, 7. Kohl Ricke (Spearville, KS) 896, 8. Tanner Brunson (Dodge City, KS) 783, 9. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 729, 10. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 715. Total Competitors: 55 Perfect Attendance (8 of 8): Jeff Kaup, Brian May, Kyle Wiens, Alex Wiens, Joey Maupin, Jarett Lunow, Kohl Ricke. IMCA Stock Cars: Angel Munoz made the frequent 300-mile roundtrip from Lamar, CO, worth the effort by dominating the IMCA Stock Cars with six wins in eight outings to take the title by 154 points over Ondre Rexford. Rexford made a big jump in points from eighth in 2016 to take runner-up honors this year. Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 6, Michael Pepper 1, Tyler Tipton 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Angel Munoz (Lamar, CO) 1,190 2. Ondre Rexford (Parts Unknown) 1,046, 3. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 984, 4. Gregg Schell (Cheney, KS) 774, 5. Chris Oliver (Holcomb, KS) 671, 6. Travis Baird (Chester, OK) 657, 7. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 641, 8. Jack Pepper (Lakin, KS) 511, 9. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 508, 10. Shannon Maughlin 481. Total Competitors: 38 Perfect Attendance (8 of 8): Angel Munoz, Ondre Rexford, Marlin Hogie. IMCA Hobby Stocks: A flip-and-win night early in the season proved to be the difference, as Reagan Sellard edged Duane Wahrman by just ten points for the IMCA Hobby Stock crown. Sellard and Wahrman combined to win six of eight feature events with 2016 champ Matt O’Hair posting a win as well to finish a close third in points. Feature Winners: Reagan Sellard 3, Duane Wahrman 3, Brett Copeland 1, Matt O’Hair 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,160, 2. Duane Wahrman (Pratt, KS) 1,150, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 1,098, 4. Tyler Walker (Dighton, KS) 1,090, 5. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 1,038, 6. Gerald Walker (Dighton, KS) 927, 7. Danny Schulte 881, 8. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 870, 9. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 781, 10. Jacob Huse 740. Total Competitors: 28 Perfect Attendance (8 of 8): Reagan Sellard, Duane Wahrman, Matt O’Hair, Tyler Walker, Brett Copeland, Gerald Walker, Tom Reed. Next Up: DCRP Awards Banquet at the Western Expo Center in Dodge City, KS, on Saturday, January 27. Comfort Suites located at 2700 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard in Dodge City, KS, is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park. The Comfort Suites official internet site is located at https://www.choicehotels.com/kansas/dodge-city/comfort-suites-hotels/ks193. Those staying at the Comfort Suites will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit. The 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.
  3. Dodge City Raceway Park Releases Action Packed 2018 Schedule by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (December 8, 2017) – Outlaws, endures, USMTS, coaches, scintillating championship battles and more are in store for 2018 as Dodge City Raceway Park released its slate of events for next season. Following an open practice session on Saturday night, March 24, the 2018 DCRP schedule encompasses 17 total nights of competition atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas. Along with a full complement of championship chase action featuring the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks, a variety of special events along the way add spice to the mix. Among the specials is the return of the World of Outlaws “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 20 that will officially bring the curtains down on the 2018 season that fires off nearly seven months earlier on March 31. The title chases get under way with the March 31 season opener and go on throughout the year until the regular-season-ending Sixth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial on September 15. Other specials along the way include the popular DCRP Sprint Car Nationals on June 15-16, the Sixth Annual Modified Stampede on April 21, the Fifth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem event on August 18 and the inaugural visit by the USMTS Modifieds on June 8. The Friday night tile offers up $3,000 to the United States Modified Tour Series (USMTS) victor. Also, some of the area’s top high school football coaches will square off on the tack in a special Coaches Race on August 25. New to the schedule as well for 2018 is an Enduro race on September 22, just one week after the regular season finale. The Enduro will be a 200-lap or two hour affair, whichever comes first. Dodge City Raceway Park Tentative 2018 Schedule: March 24 – Practice Night March 31 – Weekly Racing Series (DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) April 7 – Weekly Racing Series (DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) April 21 – Sixth Annual Modified Stampede plus DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks May 5 – Weekly Racing Series (DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) May 26 – Weekly Racing Series plus URSS Sprints (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) June 8 – USMTS Modifieds ($3,000-to-win, $300-to-start) plus IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks June 15 – DCRP Sprint Car Nationals (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars) plus IMCA Stock Cars June 16 – DCRP Sprint Car Nationals (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars) plus IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars June 30 – Weekly Racing Series (DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) July 14 – Weekly Racing Series (IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) July 27 – Driver Appreciation Night with DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks August 18 – Fifth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem plus IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks August 25 – Coaches Race plus Weekly Racing Series (DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) September 1 – Weekly Racing Series (DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks) September 15 – Sixth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Night / DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks September 22 – Enduro Race, 200 laps or two hours October 20 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars “Boot Hill Showdown” plus IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks January 26, 2019 – Banquet and Awards Ceremony 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.
  4. Reutzel Finishes Strong with Three More Podiums by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (November 22, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team put the finishing touches on yet another banner season by posting a set of podium finishes in the recent Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway on November 9-11. After finishes of second and third in the Thursday and Friday preliminary features, Reutzel narrowly missed out on winning the season finale near Yuma for the second year in a row when a nozzle line limited him to a runner-up finish to close out the 2017 campaign. The robust finish to the season secured a second-place finish in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points with Reutzel missing a second series title by just one position. The three night Cocopah tilt started with strong heat and qualifying race runs to grid Reutzel fourth aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry for the Thursday night feature event. “We had a really good run at the start and I thought that I could slide for second,” Reutzel recalls. “I got over the curb and packed the right rear with mud.” That packed right rear proved problematic. “The first half of the race it was shaking really bad,” Reutzel says. “I was debating whether or not to pull off, I was just hanging on.” Reutzel’s saving grace proved to be an open red flag period midway through the race that allowed the crew to remove the mud from the right rear wheel. After slipping back to sixth with twelve laps remaining, Reutzel took off on the restart. “We drove to third with no problem and then had to settle for second,” Reutzel says. “We were just a lap or two away from taking the lead, we were so much faster.” Reutzel opened Friday’s card with a heat race win and then a fourth place qualifying race finish aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine to grid the feature in sixth. “We weren’t as good,” Reutzel relates. “It took a while to get going, we just didn’t run as well.” Even though not running as well, Reutzel still worked his way forward to notch a third-place finish for the night and lock into the Saturday finale. “We were able to get up to third,” Reutzel says. “Once it widened out, we got going better.” Reutzel’s strong preliminary efforts put him in the second starting position for the Saturday night, November 11, feature event aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance entry. “I didn’t get the jump I wanted,” Reutzel relates. “I just had to try to keep up with Seth (Bergman).” Reutzel kept Bergman in sight and closed the gap as the race progressed. “Seth got through traffic really well, so I really had to step it up,” Reutzel says. Reutzel did just that, stepping it up and ultimately battling past Bergman for the point with a potential eighth win of the season within reach. Lady luck intervened in the final handful of laps though, relegating Reutzel to a runner-up finish. “With four laps to go, a nozzle line fell off,” Reutzel describes of the final laps of the season. “The motor wouldn’t run. Seth got back by and we were lucky to hold on for second.” With the 2017 campaign in the books, Reutzel and crew are already busily preparing for the 2018 season with plans to be announced soon. 2017 Quick Stats: 79 races, 7 wins, 32 top-fives, 46 top-tens. Up Next: To be determined. 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.
  5. Reutzel Closes out Season at Cocopah by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (November 9, 2017) – It all began at Florida in February. Now, a quick nine months later, Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team will finish out the 2017 season with a three-day weekend in far southwest Arizona. And it’s a place that Reutzel has found to his liking in the past. Sitting a solid second in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points, Reutzel looks to finish out the season strong aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ. Action begins on Thursday night with two more rounds of competition on Friday and Saturday. Reutzel topped last year’s season finale at Cocopah. He also enjoyed his first 410-ci Sprint Car win at Cocopah at the outset of the 2015 season. “We always have good speed there,” the driver of the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine said. Reutzel enters the Cocopah weekend coming off a Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals triumph that ran his season total to seven wins among more than 40 overall top-tens in another stellar season for the Clute, TX, racer. As always in ASCS competition, heat race success in this weekend’s Cocopah triple will be paramount. “Hopefully we can get through our heat in good shape and go from there,” Reutzel comments. “As long as we don’t get buried too far back, we usually have good enough speed at Cocopah to finish strong.” In a season that has included nearly 80 race nights for the driver of the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance entry, another victory lane trip or two would be the ideal way to transition into a quick off-season. 2017 Quick Stats: 76 races, 7 wins, 29 top-fives, 43 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale at Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway on November 9-11. 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. 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.
  6. Reutzel Ready for Devil’s Bowl after STN Podium by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (October 20, 2017) – Action continues for Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals after a pair of podium weekends. Following a third-place run in his first Colorado start on October 8, Reutzel earned a third-place finish in last weekend’s Short Track Nationals finale at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway after finishes of fourth and third in the preliminary feature events. “We had a really good car all weekend,” Reutzel said of the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry at the Short Track Nationals. “To be able to run near the front each night against that caliber of cars says a lot about this team, Sammy (Swindell) was just a little better.” Reutzel ventured to Little Rock last week after posting a third-place Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour finish in his first visit to Calhan, Colorado’s El Paso County Raceway the previous weekend. After aFriday night, October 6, rainout, the weekend was reduced to a single-night affair. “The real challenge was the air, it was the worst I’ve ever seen,” Reutzel said of the Rocky Mountain facility. “We kept working on it and finally got it decent in the feature.” After slipping to third in the early going, Reutzel reeled in the lead duo of Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Jake Bubak. “I got to them and really only had one shot,” Reutzel relates. “I tried to slide Bubak one time but couldn’t make it stick. We had a good car but settled for third.” Next up was a field of more than 70 Sprint Cars at I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals in Little Rock, AR. After a fourth-place finish in the Thursday’s opener, Reutzel locked into his third consecutive STN championship feature with a third-place Friday night run and then earned his second career Short Track Nationals podium finish with another third-place finish in Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win finale. After kicking off his week with a heat race win aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine on Thursday night, Reutzel rebounded from a spin to post a third-place qualifying race finish. “We had a really good car, I just kept making some mistakes,” Reutzel explained. Gridding Thursday’s feature seventh, Reutzel raced forward to third in short order. “We were really good early, but the car started fading late,” Reutzel relates. “I went into block mode and that allowed Tony Bruce, Jr., to get by right at the end.” Missing the lock-in by mere inches, Reutzel started fresh on Friday with a runner-up heat race finish and third-place qualifying race run to earn the front row outside starting position for the feature. “We had a really good car all night, and we were good in the A Main again,” Reutzel said. After an early duel with Sam Hafertepe, Jr., for the point, Reutzel ultimately settled for a third-place finish that secured him a position in the Saturday night finale. “I raced pretty careful early, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t take Sam (Hafertepe, Jr.) or myself out,” Reutzel explains. “Then (Tim) Crawley got really good on the bottom so I moved down to protect my position. I lost third the night before, so I wasn’t going to let that happen again.” Saturday got off to a rough start when Reutzel got upside down in hot laps prior to the Pole Dash for Cash. “We broke an axle, I’m just thankful it happened when it did instead of in the race,” Reutzel said. “My guys did an incredible job of getting the car ready in time for the Dash.” Reutzel made the most of it, drawing the pole position and racing on to the Dash win to secure the pole position for the 40-lap feature event aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance entry. The battle with Crawley for the lead in the opening pair of corners opened the door for a Sammy Swindell moved into the lead. “We had a good pace early, but the line he (Swindell) was running was messing up my line,” Reutzel explains. “Then I biked it on the cushion and that let Sam (Hafertepe, Jr.) get by.” Reutzel kept the pressure on throughout the race before settling for a solid third-place payday. “The line Sam was running was blocking my line too,” Reutzel says. “If I don’t make that one mistake, I think we were easily a second-place car. I’m about 90% sure that Sammy had a little more if we had got to him.” With another successful Short Track Nationals run in the books, Reutzel takes to the storied ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway clay oval for this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour double on Friday andSaturday. “We just have to hope things fall into place, the draw can be pretty huge at Devil’s Bowl,” Reutzel says. Reutzel has finishes of sixth and fourth earlier this year at Devil’s Bowl. 2017 Quick Stats: 74 races, 6 wins, 28 top-fives, 41 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, on Friday and Saturday. 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. Sammy Swindell Wins His Fifth Short Track Nationals by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 14, 2017) – Sammy Swindell continues to dole out lessons to the younger generation of racers as he charged to an unprecedented fifth Short Track Nationals victory in Saturday night’s 40-lap event finale atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval. Courtesy of Lonnie Wheatley The Memphis area racer surged into the lead on the opening lap from his second row starting position and led all the way aboard the Rains Motorsports No. 3s JR1-chassi to capture the $15,000 winner’s take in the 30th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. Swindell’s second event win in a row was no cakewalk though, as he had to run a flawless race over the latter half of the race to keep Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Aaron Reutzel at bay less than a handful of car lengths back. “We had that caution and A.G. (Rains) signaled for me to go up high and we were definitely a lot better up there,” Swindell explained. While Clute, TX shoe Aaron Reutzel earned the pole position in the feature aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 Triple-X by beating Tim Crawley to the line in the Pack Building Materials Dash for Cash, it was fourth-starting Swindell splitting the front duo down the backstretch on the opening circuit to take command. With Swindell leading the way, Hafertepe, Jr., snuck by Reutzel for second moments before a caution flew for Wayne Johnson’s stalled mount just five laps into the race. Back under way, Swindell stretched out a half straightaway lead as he sliced through traffic until a final caution flew with just a dozen laps remaining. With Hafertepe, Jr., and Reutzel back on his tailtank, Swindell shifted to the top shelf and was perfect over the final rounds to preserve the win. In hot pursuit, Hafertepe, Jr., and Reutzel were soon joined by a surging Bill Balog in the battle for second. Reutzel slid Hafertepe, Jr., for second coming to the white flag only to have the current Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points leader cross back under to maintain the position as Balog slipped by for third. Hafertepe, Jr., prevailed on the final lap to take runner-up honors aboard the Towline Variety/Lonestar Speedway No. 15h Cool-chassis while Reutzel rallied back around Balog to put his Triple-X chassis in third. “North Pole Nightmare” Balog settled for fourth aboard Ronnie Pitts’ No. 1x with Liberal, KS, native Tony Bruce, Jr., rounding out the top five aboard the Smith Racing/Tiger Towing No. 86. After starting on the front row outside, Tim Crawley crossed the stripe sixth while Derek Hagar climbed a handful of positions to capture seventh. Hailing from Lincoln, NE, by way of Liberal, KS, Jason Martin was eighth while Tennessee’s Morgan Turpen became the first female to post a top-ten STN championship feature by crossing the stripe in ninth. An STN rookie along with Balog, Canadian Skylar Gee completed the top ten. Dale Howard, Kyle Bellm, Jeff Swindell, Seth Bergman, Cody Gardner and Morgan Turpen topped the six STN Saturday Night Showdowns. Brad Bowden and Scott Bogucki earned “C” Main wins with Steven Tiner and Wayne Johnson posting “B” Main wins. Willie Croft held the lead in the first “B” Main until mechanical woes stopped him short while Marshall Skinner made hard contact with the infield tires along the frontstretch while racing in a transfer position as well. Mississippi’s Jan Howard was the winner of the Second Annual “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards for C Main non-transfers. A total of 74 competitors took part in the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway with nearly $108,000 in prize money awarded over the course of the weekend. 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Saturday Night Results: Locked in from Preliminary Night Feature Events: 3s-Sammy Swindell, 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 1x-Bill Balog, 88-Tim Crawley, 86-Tony Bruce, Jr., 87-Aaron Reutzel. STN Saturday Night Showdowns (Top 8 in combined points from Preliminary Night and Showdowns to positions 7-14 of “A” Main; Next 26 to two “B” Mains, balance to two “C” Mains): STN Showdown #1 (10 Laps): 1. 47-Dale Howard, 2. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 3. 17w-Harli White, 4. 7m-Chance Morton, 5. 84b-Scott Bogucki, 6. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 7. 39-Brad Bowden, 8. 52-Blake Hahn, 9. 12w-Dale Wester, 10. 00-Tristan Lee, 11. 17g-Channin Tankersley. STN Showdown #2 (10 Laps): 1. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 2. 94x-Steven Tiner, 3. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 4. 2-Michael Day, 5. 6-Dustin Gates, 6. 29-Willie Croft, 7. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 8. 40-Howard Moore, 9. 21b-Zach Pringle, 10. 21k-Kevin Hinkle, 11. 16-Blake Baccus. STN Showdown #3 (10 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell, 2. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 3. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 4. 99-Skylar Gee, 5. 32m-Adam Miller, 6. D6-Dakota Gaines, 7. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 8. 12T-Joe Young, 9. 10k-Dewayne White, 10. 4-Tommy Snellgrove, 11. 88b-Brandon Blenden. STN Showdown #4 (10 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, 2. 10-Terry Gray, 3. 5-Eric Lutz, 4. 36-Jason Martin, 5. 2h-Wally Henson, 6. 11g-Mike Goodman, 7. 20g-Jake Greider, 8. 38-Rick Pringle, 9. 17-Josh Baughman, 10. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher, 11. 21-Butch David. STN Showdown #5 (10 Laps): 1. 88r-Cody Gardner, 2. 8-Alex Sewell, 3. 4s-Danny Smith, 4. 42-Andy McElhannon, 5. 23b-Brian Bell, 6. 26-Marshall Skinner, 7. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 8. 44m-Chris Martin, 9. 44-Ronny Howard, 10. 84-Brandon Hanks (DQ – Wheel Cover infraction). STN Showdown #6 (10 Laps): 1. 10m-Morgan Turpen, 2. 9jr-Derek Hagar, 3. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 4. X-Charlie Louden, 5. 121-Jan Howard, 6. 11x-John Carney II, 7. 31-Justin Webb, 8. 23x-Junior Jenkins, 9. 44c-Chase Howard, 10. 58-Gary Floyd. “C” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to Corresponding “B” Feature; 4th through 6th to “Red Shirt Dash” First “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 39-Brad Bowden, 2. X-Charlie Louden, 3. 12w-Dale Wester, 4. 31-Justin Webb, 5. 44-Ronny Howard, 6. 44m-Chris Martin, 7. 2h-Wally Henson, 8. D6-Dakota Gaines, 9. 32m-Adam Miller, 10. 44c-Chase Howard, 11. 16-Blake Baccus, 12. 58-Gary Floyd, 13. 21b-Zach Pringle. DNS: 4-Tommy Snellgrove, 00-Tristan Lee. Second “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 84b-Scott Bogucki, 2. 52-Blake Hahn, 3. 84-Brandon Hanks, 4. 121-Jan Howard, 5. 17g-Channin Tankersley, 6. 38-Rick Pringle, 7. 20g-Jake Greider, 8. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher, 9. 23x-Junior Jenkins, 10. 10k-Dewayne White, 11. 21k-Kevin Hinkle, 12. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 13. 2-Michael Day. DNS: 88b-Brandon Blenden, 21-Butch David. Pack Building Materials Dash for Cash – Finishing Order Set First Three Rows of Feature Lineup Dash (6 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel (1) [$500], 2. 88-Tim Crawley (2) [$250], 3. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (6) [$175], 4. 3s-Sammy Swindell (4) [$150], 5. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. (3) [$125], 6. 1x-Bill Balog (5) [$100]. Red Shirt Dash in Honor of Lanny Edwards Red Shirt Dash (6 Laps): 1. 121-Jan Howard ($500), 2. 31-Justin Webb ($100), 3. 38-Rick Pringle ($100), 4. 44m-Chris Martin ($100), 5. 44-Ronny Howard ($100). DNS: 17g-Channin Tankersley. “B” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to “A” Feature First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 94x-Steven Tiner, 2. 8-Alex Sewell, 3. 40-Howard Moore, 4. 42-Andy McElhannon, 5. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 6. 4s-Danny Smith, 7. 5-Eric Lutz, 8. 17w-Harli White, 9. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 10. 39-Brad Bowden, 11. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 12. 12w-Dale Wester, 13. X-Charlie Louden, 14. 11g-Mike Goodman, 15. 26-Marshall Skinner, 16. 29-Willie Croft. Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 2. 23b-Brian Bell, 3. 7m-Chance Morton, 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 5. 84-Brandon Hanks, 6. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 7. 17-Josh Baughman, 8. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 9. 51J-Rya Jamison, 10. 6-Dustin Gates, 11. 94-Jeff Swindell, 12. 12T-Joe Young, 13. 52-Blake Hahn, 14. 10-Terry Gray, 15. 84b-Scott Bogucki, 16. 11x-John Carney II. STN Championship “A” Feature A Feature (40 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 3s-Sammy Swindell (4) [$15,000], 2. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (3) [$8,000], 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel (1) [$5,000], 4. 1x-Bill Balog (6) [$4,000], 5. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. (5) [$3,750], 6. 88-Tim Crawley (2) [$3,500], 7. 9jr-Derek Hagar (12) [$3,400], 8. 36-Jason Martin (7) [$3,200], 9. 10m-Morgan Turpen (10) [$3,100], 10. 99-Skylar Gee (14) [$3,000], 11. 88r-Cody Gardner (8) [$2,600], 12. 23-Seth Bergman (13) [$2,400], 13. 8-Alex Sewell (17) [$2,300], 14. 7m-Chance Morton (20) [$2,200], 15. 94x-Steven Tiner (15) [$2,100], 16. 23b-Brian Bell (18) [$2,000], 17. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (11) [$2,000], 18. 47-Dale Howard (9) [$2,000], 19. 40-Howard Moore (19) [$2,000], 20. 2c-Wayne Johnson (16) [$2,000] Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-40.
  8. Hafertepe Reels in Friday STN Prelim Honors by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 13, 2017) – Sam Hafertepe, Jr., continued his winning ways by racing to victory lane in Friday night’s 25-lap preliminary feature at the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires atop the high-banked ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval. Courtesy of Lonnie Wheatley After outdueling Aaron Reutzel for the point in the early going, Hafertepe, Jr., slipped away to a near straightaway advantage over the latter half of the race to secure a prime starting position among the front three rows in Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN championship feature. While the reigning Lucas Oil ASCS National champion from Sunnyvale, TX, posted his second career STN preliminary feature win and first since 2010 aboard the Towline Variety/Lonestar Speedway No. 15h Cool-chassis, Tim Crawley and Aaron Reutzel earned passes to Saturday’s finale as well by virtue of finishing second and third, respectively. Following a rally from 13th to fifth in Thursday night’s preliminary feature, Hafertepe, Jr., was on point all Friday evening with heat and qualifying race wins to earn the pole position for the feature event with fellow Lone Star State rep Reutzel alongside. The duo slid each other a pair of times on the opening circuit before Hafertepe, Jr., edged ahead upon the completion of the opening round. Following the race’s only caution for a Brandon Hanks off-track excursion beyond the turn one banking with eight rounds in the books, Hafertepe, Jr., slipped away, leaving Reutzel and Crawley to battle it out for second. Hafertepe, Jr., reached traffic with eight laps remaining yet maintained his rapid pace, crossing the stripe with a handful of lapped cars and most of a straightaway between himself and runner-up Crawley. “We weren’t gonna get too crazy and race each other too hard there early on,” Hafertepe, Jr., said after his 19th overall win of the 2017 campaign. “We can save that for tomorrow night with the money on the line.” While Hafertepe, Jr., locked into his fifth career STN championship feature, Crawley and Reutzel diced in side-by-side fashion for several laps before Crawley slipped away to secure runner-up honors aboard Mike Ward’s No. 88 Sprint Car. After fading from the pole position to finish sixth in Thursday’s feature, Crawley’s runner-up showing makes him the first driver in STN history to earn a starting berth in 20 STN championship main events. After challenging Crawley on the topside earlier, Reutzel dropped to the bottom shelf in the closing rounds to preserve the critical third-place finish aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 Triple-X. Saturday will mark Reutzel’s fourth career STN championship feature start. “We let third slip away from us last night, there was no way I was going to let that happen again,” Reutzel commented after being nipped at the line for the position in Thursday’s feature event. Liberal, KS, native Jason Martin closed the gap on Reutzel in the closing rounds but had to settle for fourth with Cordova, Tennessee’s Morgan Turpen posting the top feature finish by a female in STN history by rounding out the top five. Mississippi’s Dale Howard was sixth ahead of Canadian shoe Skylar Gee and local ace Cody Gardner while Jonathan Cornell earned Hard Charger honors by rallying from 17th to ninth. Reigning I-30 Speedway track champion Brian Bell completed the top ten after starting 16th. Josh Baughman, Wayne Johnson, Seth Bergman, Scott Bogucki, Chance Morton, Terry Gray, Hafertepe, Jr., Ernie Ainsworth and Channin Tankersley topped heat race action for Friday night’s field of 70 with Gee, Turpen, Crawley and Hafertepe, Jr., winning the qualifying races. Jeff Swindell and Rick Pringle earned “C” Main wins with Wayne Johnson and Bell victorious in “B” Main action. A total of 74 competitors have taken part thus far it the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway concludes with Saturday’s championship slate of events including STN Showdowns, “C” Mains, “B” Mains, the “Red Shirt Dash”, Pack’s Dash for Cash and $15,000-to-win finale. Racing action is slated to go green at 7:00 p.m. 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Friday Night Results: Heat Races (Top 40 in Finishing/Passing Points to Qualifying Races; Balance to Two “C” Mains): First Heat (10 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman, 2. 10m-Morgan Turpen, 3. 94x-Steven Tiner, 4. 9jr-Derek Hagar, 5. 39-Brad Bowden, 6. X-Charlie Louden, 7. 4s-Danny Smith, 8. 52-Blake Hahn. Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 2. 42-Andy McElhannon, 3. 11x-John Carney II, 4. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 5. 01-Paul McMahan, 6. 88b-Brandon Blenden, 7. 00-Tristan Lee, 8. 75b-Broc Elliott (DNS). Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 3. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 4. 29-Willie Croft, 5. 94-Jeff Swindell, 6. 121-Jan Howard, 7. 44m-Chris Martin, 8. 22-Sean McClelland (DNS). Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 84b-Scott Bogucki, 2. 88r-Cody Gardner, 3. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 4. 32m-Adam Miller, 5. 58-Gary Floyd, 6. 16-Blake Baccus, 7. D6-Dakota Gaines, 8. 44c-Chase Howard (DNS). Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 7m-Chance Morton, 2. 6-Dustin Gates, 3. 21b-Zach Pringle, 4. 11g-Mike Goodman, 5. 4-Tommy Snellgrove, 6. 44-Ronny Howard, 7. 12w-Dale Wester, 8. 8-Alex Sewell (DQ – Nose wing too far forward). Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 10-Terry Gray, 2. 88-Tim Crawley, 3. 36-Jason Martin, 4. 26-Marshall Skinner, 5. 2-Michael Day, 6. 31-Justin Webb, 7. 23x-Junior Jenkins, 8. 17w-Harli White. Seventh Heat (10 Laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 23b-Brian Bell, 3. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 5. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 6. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 7. 2h-Wally Henson, 8. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher. Eighth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 2. 12T-Joe Young, 3. 40-Howard Moore, 4. 99-Skylar Gee, 5. 38-Rick Pringle, 6. 20g-Jake Greider, 7. 1s-Joey Schmidt. Ninth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 17g-Channin Tankersley, 2. 47-Dale Howard, 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 4. 5-Eric Lutz, 5. 10k-Dewayne White, 6. 21k-Kevin Hinkle, 7. 21-Butch David. Qualifying Races – Top 14 in Combined Passing/Finishing Points to “A” Feature; Balance to “B” Mains First Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 99-Skylar Gee, 2. 47-Dale Howard, 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 4. 17g-Channin Tankersley, 5. 6-Dustin Gates, 6. 17-Josh Baughman, 7. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 8. 94x-Steven Tiner, 9. 9jr-Derek Hagar, 10. 01-Paul McMahan. Second Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 10m-Morgan Turpen, 2. 29-Willie Croft, 3. 88r-Cody Gardner, 4. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 5. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 6. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 7. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 8. 23-Seth Bergman, 9. 21b-Zach Pringle, 10. 58-Gary Floyd. Third Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 88-Tim Crawley, 2. 36-Jason Martin, 3. 42-Andy McElhannon, 4. 7m-Chance Morton, 5. 11g-Mike Goodman, 6. 10-Terry Gray, 7. 40-Howard Moore, 8. 5-Eric Lutz, 9. 32m-Adam Miller, 10. 84b-Scott Bogucki. Fourth Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 12T-Joe Young, 3. 91-Ernie Ainsworth, 4. 23b-Brian Bell, 5. 26-Marshall Skinner, 6. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 7. 84-Brandon Hanks, 8. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 9. 11x-John Carney II, 10. 4-Tommy Snellgrove (DNS). “C” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to Corresponding “B” Feature First “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell, 2. 2-Michael Day, 3. 39-Brad Bowden, 4. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher, 5. 121-Jan Howard, 6. 31-Justin Webb, 7. 12w-Dale Wester, 8. 44m-Chris Martin, 9. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 10. 21k-Kevin Hinkle, 11. 16-Blake Baccus, 12. 21-Butch David, 13. 43-Matthew Bauldwin (DNS), 14. 8-Alex Sewell (DNS), 15. 75e-Broc Elliott (DNS). Second “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 38-Rick Pringle, 2. 52-Blake Hahn, 3. X-Charlie Louden, 4. 20g-Jake Greider, 5. 17w-Harli White, 6. 2h-Wally Henson, 7. 23x-Junior Jenkins, 8. 10k-Dewayne White, 9. 00-Tristan Lee, 10. 88b-Brandon Blenden, 11. 44-Ronny Howard, 12. D6-Dakota Gaines, 13. 4s-Danny Smith, 14. 44c-Chase Howard (DNS), 15. 22-Sean McClelland (DNS). “B” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to “A” Feature First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 3. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 4. 10-Terry Gray, 5. 11g-Mike Goodman, 6. 40-Howard Moore, 7. 6-Dustin Gates, 8. 94-Jeff Swindell, 9. 21b-Zach Pringle, 10. 23-Seth Bergman, 11. 39-Brad Bowden, 12. 84b-Scott Bogucki, 13. 2-Michael Day, 14. 32m-Adam Miller, 15. 58-Gary Floyd, 16. 5-Eric Lutz. Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 23b-Brian Bell, 2. 84-Brandon Hanks, 3. 17-Josh Baughman, 4. 42-Andy McElhannon, 5. 52-Blake Hahn, 6. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 7. 94x-Steven Tiner, 8. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 9. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 10. 38-Rick Pringle, 11. X-Charlie Louden, 12. 26-Marshall Skinner (DNS), 13. 9jr-Derek Hagar (DNS), 14. 11x-John Carney II (DNS), 15. 01-Paul McMahan (DNS), 16. 4-Tommy Snellgrove (DNS). “A” Feature – Top 3 Finishers Locked into Saturday night’s $15,000 to win STN Finale. A Feature (25 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (1), 2. 88-Tim Crawley (4), 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel (2), 4. 36-Jason Martin (3), 5. 10m-Morgan Turpen (8), 6. 47-Dale Howard (9), 7. 99-Skylar Gee (7), 8. 88r-Cody Gardner (12), 9. 28-Jonathan Cornell (17), 10. 23b-Brian Bell (16), 11. 29-Willie Croft (10), 12. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (5), 13. 2c-Wayne Johnson (15), 14. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (11), 15. 14k-Kyle Bellm (19), 16. 7m-Chance Morton (6), 17. 17-Josh Baughman (20), 18. 12T-Joe Young (13), 19. 17g-Channin Tankersley (14), 20. 84-Brandon Hanks (18). Lap Leaders: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1-25. 30th Annual STN Points after Night Two (Best of the Two Preliminary Nights – Lock-Ins not included in point totals): 1. 36-Jason Martin 509.0 2. 10m-Morgan Turpen 487.5 3. 47-Dale Howard 483.0 4. 99-Skylar Gee 482.0 5. 28-Jonathan Cornell 481.0 6. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth 479.0 7. 23-Seth Bergman 474.0 8. 26-Marshall Skinner 472.0 9. 88r-Cody Gardner 468.0 10. 29-Willie Croft 459.0 11. 23b-Brian Bell 451.5 12. 7m-Chance Morton 451.0 13. 9jr-Derek Hagar 450.0 14. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek 446.0 15. 42-Andy McElhannon 441.0 16. 2c-Wayne Johnson 439.0 17. 8-Alex Sewell 430.0 18. 94x-Steven Tiner 427.5 19. 12T-Joe Young 427.0 20. 17-Josh Baughman 425.0 21. 17g-Channin Tankersley 418.5 22. 14k-Kyle Bellm 417.0 23. 40-Howard Moore 416.0 24. 5-Eric Lutz 406.0 25. 84-Brandon Hanks 402.5 26. 10-Terry Gray 400.5 27. 6-Dustin Gates 393.5 28. 11g-Mike Goodman 389.5 29. 99x-Dalton Stevens 376.0 30. 11x-John Carney II 374.0 31. 17w-Harli White 365.0 32. 51J-Ryan Jamison 365.0 33. 01-Paul McMahan 361.0 34. 43-Matthew Bauldwin 358.5 35. 15J-Jeremy Middleton 351.0 36. 44m-Chris Martin 350.0 37. 21b-Zach Pringle 349.5 38. 39-Brad Bowden 339.0 39. 4s-Danny Smith 333.0 40. 84b-Scott Bogucki 328.0 41. 94-Jeff Swindell 323.5 42. 2-Michael Day 320.5 43. 32m-Adam Miller 317.0 44. 38-Rick Pringle 315.5 45. 52-Blake Hahn 314.5 46. 12w-Dale Wester 313.0 47. d6-Dakota Gaines 309.5 48. 58-Gary Floyd 307.0 49. X-Charlie Louden 306.0 50. 22-Sean McClelland 305.0 51. 95-Matt Covington 304.0 52. 4-Tommy Snellgrove 293.0 53. 20g-Jake Greider 282.0 54. 2h-Wally Henson 282.0 55. 121-Jan Howard 273.5 56. 23x-Junior Jenkins 272.5 57. 31-Justin Webb 272.5 58. 10k-Dewayne White 268.5 59. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher 266.5 60. 21k-Kevin Hinkle 258.0 61. 88b-Brandon Blenden 256.5 62. 1s-Joey Schmidt 256.0 63. 44-Ronny Howard 255.0 64. 16-Blake Baccus 254.0 65. 00-Tristan Lee 250.5 66. 21-Butch David 238.5 67. 44c-Chase Howard 224.0 68. 75b-Broc Elliott 211.0 Locked-in: 3s-Sammy Swindell, 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 1x-Bill Balog, 88-Tim Crawley, 86-Tony Bruce, Jr., 87-Aaron Reutzel.
  9. Swindell Stops Nightmare at I-30 – Wins STN Opener by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 12, 2017) – Sammy Swindell kicked off his pursuit of an unprecedented fifth Short Track Nationals crown in strong fashion by wiring the field in Thursday night’s 25-lap feature that kicked off I-30 Speedway’s 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. Though he led the entire distance aboard the Rains Motorsports No. 3s, it wasn’t without some strong mid-race pressure from “North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog. Swindell ultimately worked through traffic in the latter stages to secure the win ahead of Balog with Tony Bruce, Jr., making a late rally to steal the third and final lock-in position to Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN championship finale. After accumulating the most points through heat and qualifying race action, it was 1998 STN champion and hometown favorite Tim Crawley leading the feature field to the green flag with four-time and defending race winner Swindell alongside. Swindell gunned into the lead at the outset and kept Crawley and third-starter Balog at bay in the opening rounds before the red flag flew for Josh Baughman’s wild ride through turns three and four. The Odessa, TX, racer walked away unscathed. Back under way, Swindell set the pace on the low side while Balog worked the top side to dispose of Crawley for second by the seventh circuit. Soon after the race’s second and final interruption for a Cody Gardner spin in turn one with eight laps in the books, Balog turned up the heat and began pressuring for the point. Swindell stayed steady on the low side though and worked through traffic over the final eight circuits to post his sixth career STN preliminary feature win. A former Alaska resident now calling Wisconsin home, Balog put Ronnie Pitts’ No. 1x entry into the big show in his first official STN start after a 2015 effort was eliminated due to inclement weather. In the lead duo’s wake, the battle for the third and final lock-in position was heated with Aaron Reutzel driving the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 past Crawley for third at the midway point. But, two-time STN winner Tony Bruce, Jr., was on the move in the Smith Racing No. 86, taking fourth away from Crawley on the 21st lap and then gobbling up more than a half straightaway deficit to nip Reutzel at the line for third by mere inches. Reutzel settled for fourth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr., climbing from 13th to round out the top five. Crawley crossed the stripe sixth with Ernie Ainsworth, Jonathan Cornell, Seth Bergman and 19th-starter Howard Moore completing the top ten. Crawley, Morgan Turpen, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Steven Tiner, Reutzel, Kyle Bellm, Skylar Gee, Gardner and Swindell topped heat race action for Thursday night’s 71-car field with Bergman, Andy McElhannon, Swindell and Balog winning the qualifying races. Brian Bell and Willie Croft topped “C” Main action with Alex Sewell and Steven Tiner winning the “B” Mains. Sean McClelland flipped in turn one in qualifying race action while two-time STN king Paul McMahan flipped in “B” Main competition. There were no injuries. The 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway continues with another full slate of preliminary action on Friday night. The green flag is set to fly at 7:30 p.m. 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Thursday Night Results: Heat Races (Top 40 in Finishing/Passing Points to Qualifying Races; Balance to Two “C” Mains): First Heat (10 Laps): 1. 88-Tim Crawley, 2. 84-Brandon Hanks, 3. 95-Matt Covington, 4. 40-Howard Moore, 5. 6-Dustin Gates, 6. 23b-Brian Bell, 7. 10k-Dewayne White, 8. 36-Jason Martin. Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 10m-Morgan Turpen, 2. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 3. 01-Paul McMahan, 4. 12w-Dale Wester, 5. 4s-Danny Smith, 6. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher, 7. 21b-Zach Pringle, 8. 121-Jan Howard. Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 2. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 3. 42-Andy McElhannon, 4. 32m-Adam Miller, 5. 38-Rick Pringle, 6. 84b-Scott Bogucki, 7. 44-Ronny Howard, 8. 44c-Chase Howard. Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 94x-Steven Tiner, 2. 17g-Channin Tankersley, 3. 17-Josh Baughman, 4. 1x-Bill Balog, 5. 7m-Chance Morton, 6. 58-Gary Floyd, 7. 21k-Kevin Hinkle, 8. 21-Butch David. Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 2. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr., 3. 17w-Harli White, 4. 29-Willie Croft, 5. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 6. 12T-Joe Young, 7. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 8. 16-Blake Baccus. Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 2. 2-Michael Day, 3. 26-Marshall Skinner, 4. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 5. 5-Eric Lutz, 6. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 7. 31-Justin Webb, 8. 4-Tommy Snellgrove. Seventh Heat (10 Laps): 1. 99-Skylar Gee, 2. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. 47-Dale Howard, 4. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 5. 22-Sean McClelland, 6. 2h-Wally Henson, 7. 10-Terry Gray, 8. 20g-Jake Greider. Eighth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 88r-Cody Gardner, 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 3. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 4. 23-Seth Bergman, 5. 44m-Chris Martin, 6. D6-Dakota Gaines, 7. X-Charlie Louden, 8. 00-Tristan Lee. Ninth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 3s-Sammy Swindell, 2. 8-Alex Sewell, 3. 9jr-Derek Hagar, 4. 39-Brad Bowden, 5. 23x-Junior Jenkins, 6. 52-Blake Hahn, 7. 11g-Mike Goodman. Qualifying Races – Top 14 in Combined Passing/Finishing Points to “A” Feature; Balance to “B” Mains First Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, 2. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 3. 88-Tim Crawley, 4. 88r-Cody Gardner, 5. 9jr-Derek Hagar, 6. 10m-Morgan Turpen, 7. 11x-John Carney II, 8. 40-Howard Moore, 9. 2-Michael Day, 10. 32m-Adam Miller. Second Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 42-Andy McElhannon, 2. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr., 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 4. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 5. 01-Paul McMahan, 6. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 7. 94x-Steven Tiner, 8. 7m-Chance Morton, 9. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 10. 22-Sean McClelland. Third Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 3s-Sammy Swindell, 2. 17-Josh Baughman, 3. 84-Brandon Hanks, 4. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. 5-Eric Lutz, 6. 8-Alex Sewell, 7. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 8. 44m-Chris Martin, 9. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 10. 95-Matt Covington. Fourth Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 1x-Bill Balog, 2. 26-Marshall Skinner, 3. 17g-Channin Tankersley, 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 5. 17w-Harli White, 6. 99-Skylar Gee, 7. 47-Dale Howard, 8. 39-Brad Bowden, 9. 6-Dustin Gates, 10. 12w-Dale Wester. “C” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to Corresponding “B” Feature First “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 23b-Brian Bell, 2. 38-Rick Pringle, 3. 52-Blake Hahn, 4. 36-Jason Martin, 5. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 6. 10-Terry Gray, 7. X-Charlie Louden, 8. 11g-Mike Goodman, 9. 12T-Joe Young, 10. 58-Gary Floyd, 11. 10k-Dewayne White, 12. 31-Justin Webb, 13. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 14. 4-Tommy Snellgrove, 15. 121-Jan Howard (DNS), 16. 00-Tristan Lee (DNS). Second “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 29-Willie Croft, 2. 4s-Danny Smith, 3. D6-Dakota Gaines, 4. 2h-Wally Henson, 5. 21b-Zach Pringle, 6. 20g-Jake Greider, 7. 23s-Junior Jenkins, 8. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 9. 44-Ronny Howard, 10. 21k-Kevin Hinkle, 11. 21-Butch David, 12. 16-Blake Baccus, 13. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher (DNS), 14. 84b-Scott Bogucki (DNS), 15. 44c-Chase Howard (DNS). “B” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to “A” Feature First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 8-Alex Sewell, 2. 99-Skylar Gee, 3. 40-Howard Moore, 4. 5-Eric Lutz, 5. 84-Brandon Hanks, 6. 11x-John Carney II, 7. 23b-Brian Bell, 8. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 9. 44m-Chris Martin, 10. 52-Blake Hahn, 11. 6-Dustin Gates, 12. 32m-Adam Miller, 13. 38-Rick Pringle, 14. 17w-Harli White, 15. 2-Michael Day, 16. 22-Sean McClelland (DNS). Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 94x-Steven Tiner, 2. 10m-Morgan Turpen, 3. 17g-Channin Tankersley, 4. 29-Willie Croft, 5. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 6. 4s-Danny Smith, 7. 7m-Chance Morton, 8. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 9. D6-Dakota Gaines, 10. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 11. 39-Brad Bowden, 12. 12w-Dale Wester, 13. 47-Dale Howard, 14. 2c-Wayne Johnson, 15. 01-Paul McMahan, 16. 95-Matt Covington. “A” Feature – Top 3 Finishers Locked into Saturday night’s $15,000 to win STN Finale. A Feature (25 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 3s-Sammy Swindell (2), 2. 1x-Bill Balog (3), 3. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. (4), 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel (7), 5. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (13), 6. 88-Tim Crawley (1), 7. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (10), 8. 28-Jonathan Cornell (8), 9. 23-Seth Bergman (9), 10. 40-Howard Moore (19), 11. 9jr-Derek Hagar (14), 12. 26-Marshall Skinner (5), 13. 10m-Morgan Turpen (18), 14. 99-Skylar Gee (17), 15. 94x-Steven Tiner (16), 16. 8-Alex Sewell (15), 17. 88r-Cody Gardner (12), 18. 17g-Channin Tankersley (20), 19. 42-Andy McElhannon (6), 20. 17-Josh Baughman (11). Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1- 25. 30th Annual STN Points after Night One (Best of the Two Preliminary Nights – Lock-Ins not included in point totals): 1. 88-Tim Crawley 508.0 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel 501.0 3. 28-Jonathan Cornell 481.0 4. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth 479.0 5. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 478.0 6. 23-Seth Bergman 474.0 7. 26-Marshall Skinner 472.0 8. 9jr-Derek Hagar 450.0 9. 42-Andy McElhannon 441.0 10. 88r-Cody Gardner 432.0 11. 8-Alex Sewell 430.0 12. 99-Skylar Gee 428.5 13. 94x-Steven Tiner 427.5 14. 17-Josh Baughman 425.0 15. 10m-Morgan Turpen 424.5 16. 17g-Channin Tankersley 418.5 17. 40-Howard Moore 416.0 18. 5-Eric Lutz 406.0 19. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek 405.5 20. 84-Brandon Hanks 402.5 21. 14k-Kyle Bellm 376.0 22. 11x-John Carney II 374.0 23. 17w-Harli White 365.0 24. 01-Paul McMahan 361.0 25. 43-Matthew Bauldwin 358.5 26. 7m-Chance Morton 358.0 27. 44m-Chris Martin 350.0 28. 29-Willie Croft 343.5 29. 15J-Jeremy Middleton 342.5 30. 47-Dale Howard 342.5 31. 39-Brad Bowden 339.0 32. 4s-Danny Smith 333.0 33. 6-Dustin Gates 332.0 34. 2c-Wayne Johnson 324.0 35. 23b-Brian Bel 322.0 36. 2-Michael Day 320.5 37. 32m-Adam Miller 314.5 38. 12w-Dale Wester 313.0 39. d6-Dakota Gaines 309.5 40. 52-Blake Hahn 308.5 41. 22-Sean McClelland 305.0 42. 95-Matt Covington 304.0 43. 38-Rick Pringle 303.5 44. 51J-Ryan Jamison 287.5 45. 2h-Wally Henson 282.0 46. 21b-Zach Pringle 276.0 47. 23x-Junior Jenkins 272.5 48. X-Charlie Louden 268.0 49. 10-Terry Gray 267.0 50. 12T-Joe Young 267.0 51. 36-Jason Martin 259.0 52. 58-Gary Floyd 258.0 53. 1s-Joey Schmidt 256.0 54. 99x-Dalton Stevens 256.0 55. 44-Ronny Howard 255.0 56. 11g-Mike Goodman 253.0 57. 20g-Jake Greider 252.5 58. 1xx-Eddie Gallagher 251.0 59. 10k-Dewayne White 247.0 60. 21k-Kevin Hinkle 245.0 61. 84b-Scott Bogucki 242.0 62. 31-Justin Webb 240.0 63. 16-Blake Baccus 233.0 64. 21-Butch David 231.0 65. 44c-Chase Howard 224.0 66. 4-Tommy Snellgrove 222.0 67. 121-Jan Howard 221.0 68. 00-Tristan Lee 209.5
  10. It’s STN Week in America by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 9, 2017) – Let’s face it. This is a week that has been circled on the calendar for quite some time now. And now it’s finally here, as Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway is poised to dish out more than $100,000 over the course of the 30th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. With many already en route to Arkansas’ capital city, the on-track festivities get under way with a Wednesday evening Test ‘N Tune session to whet the appetite for the following three nights of wall-to-wall racing action that culminates with a $15,000-to-win tilt on Saturday night with $2,000-to-start the premier championship event in 360-ci Sprint Car racing. With entries still coming in and expected to do so until race time on Thursday, the count has climbed to 58 with past STN champ Tim Crawley and Hall-of-Famer Danny Smith among the latest additions. While Sammy Swindell guns for an unprecedented fifth STN crown, Crawley makes an effort for an STN record of his own as he tries to become the first driver to race his way into 20 STN championship feature events. Last year, the hometown hero became the first driver to crack the starting lineup for the 19th time, ultimately racing to a fourth-place finish behind Swindell, Tim Shaffer and Jason Johnson. The fourth-place run was Crawley’s tenth among the top-ten and fourth top-five run, his best since a runner-up showing in 2000 although Lady Luck has stopped some other strong efforts short along the way. Crawley earned his lone STN crown in 1998. Now calling Chillicothe, OH, home, Indiana native and veteran racer Danny Smith makes a return to the Short Track Nationals for the first time since 2011. With hundreds of feature wins to his credit over the course of his career and at least one feature win each year since 1975, Smith has made three STN championship feature starts ranging from the second edition in 1989 to most recently in 2009. Crawley and Smith join an already loaded field that includes past winners Swindell, Paul McMahan, Tony Bruce, Jr., Wayne Johnson and Terry Gray along with the likes of “North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog, Cali shoes Willie Croft and Steven Tiner, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Aaron Reutzel, Derek Hagar and 2017 I-30 Speedway track champ Brian Bell among many others. Wednesday’s Test ‘N Tune session will be followed up two full nights of qualifying action on Thursday and Friday including a full slate of heat races, qualifying races, “B” Mains and “A” Main with the top three from each night locked into Saturday’s STN championship finale. Saturday’s card will include STN Showdowns, “C” Mains, “B” Mains, the “Red Shirt Dash” for non-qualifiers and the championship feature event. After Wednesday’s Test ‘N Tune session from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., racing action is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday with Saturday’s championship card going green at7:00 p.m. Last year, Sprint Car racing legend Sammy Swindell matched Gary Wright atop the all-time STN win charts by racing to his fourth triumph in the prestigious event. Swindell’s fourth win, coming ahead of Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and reigning Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, followed previous triumphs in 2013, 2011 and 1990. The Pertinent Info: The What: 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). The When: October 12-14, 2017, following a Wednesday, October 11, Test ‘N Tune session. The Entries: Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Entry is $150 for those entered by October 6, or $250 after October 6. Entries submitted by October 6 receive one free driver pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to I-30 Speedway c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay. The current field is comprised of 58 entries from 13 different states as well as Australia. #01 Paul McMahan (Elk Grove, CA) #1s Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, MS) #1x Bill Balog (Hartland, WI) #1xx Eddie Gallagher (Olive Branch, MS) #2 Michael Day (Farmersville, TX) #2c Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) #2h Wally Henson (Benton, AR) #3s Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN) #4 Tommy Snellgrove (Little Rock, AR) #4s Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH) #6 Dustin Gates (Haughton, LA) #d6 Dakota Gaines (N. Little Rock, AR) #8 Alex Sewell (Tulsa, OK) #9jr Derek Hagar (Marion, AR) #10 Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN) #10k Dewayne White (Byhalia, MS) #10m Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN) #11g Mike Goodman (Broken Arrow, OK) #12w Dale Wester (Ovilla, TX) #14k Kyle Bellm (Nixa, MO) #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX) #15J Jeremy Middleton (N. Little Rock, AR) #16 Blake Baccus (Crandall, TX) #17g Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) #17w Harli White (Lindsay, OK) #20g Jake Greider (Haysville, KS) #21 Butch David (Geisman, LA) #21k Kevin Hinkle (Cabot, AR) #21T Ray Allen Kulhanek (Conroe, TX) #22 Sean McClelland (Owasso, OK) #23b Brian Bell (Gallaway, TN) #26 Marshall Skinner (West Memphis, AR) #28 Johnathan Cornell (Sedalia, MO) #29 Willie Croft (Roseville, CA) #31w Justin Webb (Drummonds, TN) #32m Adam Miller (Hot Springs, AR) #36 Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE) #38 Rick Pringle (Benton, AR) #39 Brad Bowden (Hernando, MS) #40 Howard Moore (Memphis, TN) #42 Andy McElhannon (Hernando, MS) #43 Matthew Bauldwin (Little Rock, AR) #44 Ronny Howard (Nesbit, MS) #47 Dale Howard (Byhalia, MS) #52 Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK) #84 Brandon Hanks (Burlison, TN) #84b Scott Bogucki (McClaren Vale, SA) #86 Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) #87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX) #88 Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) #88R Cody Gardner (Benton, AR) #91a Ernie Ainsworth (Bartlett, TN) #94 Jeff Swindell (Bartlett, TN) #94x Steven Tiner (Visalia, CA) #95 Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) #99x Dalton Stevens (Scurry, TX) #121 Jan Howard (Marion, AR) #X Charlie Louden (Camden, AR) The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune. The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Pack’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event. The balance of the field will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. Additional points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturday night feature lineups. While the STN finale offers a minimum of $2,000 to each starter, “B” Main non-transfers earn $700 for first non-transfer, $650 for second non-transfer and $600 for remaining non-transfers while “C” Main non-transfers earn $500 for first non-transfer, $450 for second non-transfers and $400 for remaining non-transfers. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The “Red Shirt Dash” will pay $500, $100, $100, $100, $100, $100. The Past Winners: 2016-Sammy Swindell 2015-Rained Out 2014-Christopher Bell 2013-Sammy Swindell 2012-Paul McMahan 2011-Sammy Swindell 2010-Brad Sweet 2009-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2008-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2007-Jason Meyers 2006-Jason Johnson 2005-Tim Montgomery 2004-Gary Wright 2003-Gary Wright 2002-Paul McMahan 2001-Jason Sides 2000-Mike Ward 1999-Gary Wright 1998-Tim Crawley 1997-Wayne Johnson 1996-Pete Butler 1995-Gary Wright 1994-Terry Gray 1993-John Gerloff 1992-Rained Out 1991-Steve Kinser 1990-Sammy Swindell 1989-Steve Kinser 1988-Steve Kinser The Tickets: Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. To order tickets or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the deadline. For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
  11. Short Track Nationals Entry List Revealed at 51 and Counting by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2017) – It all unfolds next weekend as top Sprint Car drivers from throughout the nation and beyond converge upon Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway for the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. And with racing action for the premier event set to fire off Thursday night after a Wednesday Test ‘N Tune session from 7:30 p.m. to 10:0 p.m., the entry list has been revealed at 51 and counting with more entries rolling in each day. Doling out more than $100,000 over the course of the weekend, the 30th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals will culminate with the Saturday night, October 14, $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN championship feature event. The current list of 51 includes competitors from a dozen different states as well as South Australia. A handful of past winners are among those already entered including four-time and reigning STN champion Sammy Swindell, two-time winners Paul McMahan and Tony Bruce, Jr., and one-time winners Terry Gray and Wayne Johnson. The list of drivers vying for a first STN crown is a deep one with the likes of Aaron Reutzel, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Derek Hagar, Willie Croft and Jeff Swindell just to scratch the surface. No fewer than 22 of the current 51 entries have made the cut for at least one STN championship finale in the past with another 13 taking part in at least one STN preliminary feature. With entries still coming in by the hour, here is your first look at this year’s Short Track Nationals entry list…. #01 Paul McMahan (Elk Grove, CA) #1s Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, MS) #1x Bill Balog (Hartland, WI) #1xx Eddie Gallagher (Olive Branch, MS) #2c Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) #2h Wally Henson (Benton, AR) #3s Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN) #4 Tommy Snellgrove (Little Rock, AR) #6 Dustin Gates (Haughton, LA) #d6 Dakota Gaines (N. Little Rock, AR) #8 Alex Sewell (Tulsa, OK) #9jr Derek Hagar (Marion, AR) #10 Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN) #10k Dewayne White (Byhalia, MS) #10m Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN) #11g Mike Goodman (Broken Arrow, OK) #12w Dale Wester (Ovilla, TX) #14k Kyle Bellm (Nixa, MO) #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX) #15J Jeremy Middleton (N. Little Rock, AR) #16 Blake Baccus (Crandall, TX) #17w Harli White (Lindsay, OK) #21 Butch David (Geisman, LA) #21k Kevin Hinkle (Cabot, AR) #21T Ray Allen Kulhanek (Conroe, TX) #22 Sean McClelland (Owasso, OK) #23b Brian Bell (Gallaway, TN) #26 Marshall Skinner (West Memphis, AR) #28 Johnathan Cornell (Sedalia, MO) #29 Willie Croft (Roseville, CA) #31w Justin Webb (Drummonds, TN) #32m Adam Miller (Hot Springs, AR) #36 Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE) #38 Rick Pringle (Benton, AR) #40 Howard Moore (Memphis, TN) #42 Andy McElhannon (Hernando, MS) #43 Matthew Bauldwin (Little Rock, AR) #44 Ronny Howard (Nesbit, MS) #47 Dale Howard (Byhalia, MS) #52 Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK) #84 Brandon Hanks (Burlison, TN) #84b Scott Bogucki (McClaren Vale, SA) #86 Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) #87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX) #91a Ernie Ainsworth (Bartlett, TN) #94 Jeff Swindell (Bartlett, TN) #94x Steven Tiner (Visalia, CA) #95 Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) #99x Dalton Stevens (Scurry, TX) #121 Jan Howard (Marion, AR) #X Charlie Louden (Camden, AR) The pre-entry discount of $150 expired with entries filed or postmarked by October 6, with post-entries for the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires filed for $250 by calling the track at 501-455-4567 or at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Three-night advance tickets are available until Wednesday, October 11, for just $55 if paying by cash ($57 if paying by PayPal or debit/credit card). Day of event prices are $20 on Thursday and Fridayand then $28 on Saturday. To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. The Pertinent Info: The What: 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). The When: October 12-14, 2017, following a Wednesday, October 11, Test ‘N Tune session. The Entries: Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Entry is $150 if entered by October 26, or $250 after October 6. Entries submitted by October 6 receive one free driver pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to I-30 Speedway c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay. The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Pack’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event. The balance of the field will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. Additional points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturday night feature lineups. While the STN finale offers a minimum of $2,000 to each starter, “B” Main non-transfers earn $700 for first non-transfer, $650 for second non-transfer and $600 for remaining non-transfers while “C” Main non-transfers earn $500 for first non-transfer, $450 for second non-transfers and $400 for remaining non-transfers. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The “Red Shirt Dash” will pay $500, $100, $100, $100, $100, $100. The Past Winners: 2016-Sammy Swindell 2015-Rained Out 2014-Christopher Bell 2013-Sammy Swindell 2012-Paul McMahan 2011-Sammy Swindell 2010-Brad Sweet 2009-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2008-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2007-Jason Meyers 2006-Jason Johnson 2005-Tim Montgomery 2004-Gary Wright 2003-Gary Wright 2002-Paul McMahan 2001-Jason Sides 2000-Mike Ward 1999-Gary Wright 1998-Tim Crawley 1997-Wayne Johnson 1996-Pete Butler 1995-Gary Wright 1994-Terry Gray 1993-John Gerloff 1992-Rained Out 1991-Steve Kinser 1990-Sammy Swindell 1989-Steve Kinser 1988-Steve Kinser The Tickets: Advance tickets for all three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are on sale for just $55 if paying cash or $57 if paying via PayPal or credit/debit card. Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the deadline. For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
  12. Sammy Swindell Seeks Short Track Nationals History by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 5, 2017) – For more than a decade, Hooks, TX, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Wright stood alone as the only four-time winner of I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals. That changed last year though, as Sammy Swindell added his fourth event triumph to match the fourth STN crown that “The Texan” captured a dozen years earlier in 2004. Next week, Slammin’ Sammy will try to become the first five-time winner of the $15,000-to-win COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires atop the high-banked, ¼-mile clay oval in Little Rock, AR. Following a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune session, the action gets fast and furious with two full nights of qualifying action on Thursday and Friday (October 12-13) and then Saturday’s (October 14) STN championship finale. While the winner of the 30th Annual Short Track Nationals will pocket $15,000, each STN championship feature starter will earn at least $2,000. More than $100,000 in prize money will be doled out over the course of the weekend. Both the Thursday and Friday cards will feature a full slate of heat races, qualifying races, “B” Mains and “A” Main with the top three from each night locked into Saturday’s STN championship finale. Saturday’s card will include STN Showdowns, “C” Mains, “B” Mains and the championship feature event. Sammy Swindell picked off his first STN triumph in the early years of the event, topping the third edition in 1990 when it was a 410-ci tilt. Swindell’s next STN triumph didn’t occur until 21 years later in 2011. In the interim, Gary Wright ran up STN totals that may never be rivaled including triumphs in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2004. Along with his four STN victories, Wright also posted 14 overall top-fives and 18 top-tens along with five preliminary feature wins. No other driver has put up double-digit top-fives with only Terry Gray (13) and Tim Crawley (10) reaching double-digits in top-tens. In recent years, Swindell has put together a string of strong STN efforts with wins in alternating editions of the event since 2011. Swindell picked off crown number three in 2013 and then added his fourth last year after the 2015 edition fell victim to Mother Nature. Once again driving the Rains No. 3 entry, Swindell sets his sights on an unprecedented fifth Short Track Nationals triumph when action fires off next Thursday night at I-30 Speedway. Drivers entering by the pre-entry deadline of Friday, October 6, will receive a free pit pass for Thursday through Saturday. Pre-entry is $150. Entry fee for those entering after October 6 is $250 with no driver pit pass. Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. The Pertinent Info: The What: 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). The When: October 12-14, 2017, following a Wednesday, October 11, Test ‘N Tune session. The Entries: Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Entry is $150 if entered by October 26, or $250 after October 6. Entries submitted by October 6receive one free driver pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to I-30 Speedway c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay. The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune. The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Pack’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event. The balance of the field will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. Additional points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturday night feature lineups. While the STN finale offers a minimum of $2,000 to each starter, “B” Main non-transfers earn $700 for first non-transfer, $650 for second non-transfer and $600 for remaining non-transfers while “C” Main non-transfers earn $500 for first non-transfer, $450 for second non-transfers and $400 for remaining non-transfers. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The “Red Shirt Dash” will pay $500, $100, $100, $100, $100, $100. The Past Winners: 2016-Sammy Swindell 2015-Rained Out 2014-Christopher Bell 2013-Sammy Swindell 2012-Paul McMahan 2011-Sammy Swindell 2010-Brad Sweet 2009-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2008-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2007-Jason Meyers 2006-Jason Johnson 2005-Tim Montgomery 2004-Gary Wright 2003-Gary Wright 2002-Paul McMahan 2001-Jason Sides 2000-Mike Ward 1999-Gary Wright 1998-Tim Crawley 1997-Wayne Johnson 1996-Pete Butler 1995-Gary Wright 1994-Terry Gray 1993-John Gerloff 1992-Rained Out 1991-Steve Kinser 1990-Sammy Swindell 1989-Steve Kinser 1988-Steve Kinser The Tickets: Advance tickets for all three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are on sale for just $55 if paying cash or $57 if paying via PayPal or credit/debit card. Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the deadline. For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
  13. Reutzel to the Rockies by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (October 5, 2017) – With one more weekend before heading to Little Rock for I-30 Speedway’s $15,000-to-win Short Track Nationals, Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team make the trek to the Rockies for a pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour events this weekend. Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team will take to Calhan, Colorado’s El Paso County Raceway on Friday and Saturday before hightailing it back to Arkansas. Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited team come off a rocky outing at I-80 Speedway’s Midwest Fall Brawl in Greenwood, NE, last Saturday night. “It was more of the same for us at I-80, luck has never gone our way there,” Reutzel says. After working into the top ten on a rubbered up surface, a popped tire in the closing laps cut the night short. After climbing from ninth to sixth in heat race action that Reutzel describes as, “It was one-lane racing,” Reutzel started second and finished second in his qualifier to start 14th in the feature event aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. Mired seven rows deep, rubber came into play in short order. “It rubbered up on the second lap,” Reutzel recalls. “We worked up to tenth, then blew a right rear with two to go.” The crew hustled to make the quick tire change and seemingly had Reutzel ready to rejoin action. But with no push truck to be found, Reutzel was left as spectator for the final rounds. “We got the tire changed before the one-to-go and the yellow light was still on, but there wasn’t a push truck to be found,” Reutzel explains. “My guys tried to push me out there, but they wouldn’t let us even though we were ready in time.” Reutzel looks for fortunes to turn at this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour double at Colorado’s El Paso County Raceway. 2017 Quick Stats: 70 races, 6 wins, 24 top-fives, 37 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Calhan, Colorado’s El Paso County Raceway on Friday and Saturday. 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.
  14. Willie Croft brings California flavor to Short Track Nationals by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 3, 2017) – I-30 Speedway’s COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires annually brings the best-of-the-best from throughout the nation to battle it out for a $15,000 winner’s share atop the high-banked, ¼-mile clay oval. This year’s 30th edition of the crown jewel event that will distribute in excess of $100,000 in purse money over the October 12-14 weekend after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune session will be no exception as teams and fans from across the land flock to Arkansas’ capital city. Among those is Roseville, California racer Willie Croft, who will venture to Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway for the first time. Croft will try to add another crown jewel event triumph to his mantel after earning 2014 Trophy Cup honors at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. A top competitors in both 410-ci and 360-ci action along the west coast, Croft currently holds down second in California’s Sprint Car Challenge Tour points. Croft will look to add his name to a list of STN winners that includes the likes of four-time and defending event champ Sammy Swindell, current Craftsman NASCAR truck star Christopher Bell, Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Gary Wright, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser. Drivers entering by the pre-entry deadline of Friday, October 6, will receive a free pit pass for Thursday through Saturday. Pre-entry is $150. Entry fee for those entering after October 6 is $250 with no driver pit pass. Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Last year, Sprint Car racing legend Sammy Swindell matched Gary Wright atop the all-time STN win charts by racing to his fourth triumph in the prestigious event. Swindell’s fourth win, coming ahead of Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and reigning Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, followed previous triumphs in 2013, 2011 and 1990. The Pertinent Info: The What: 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). The When: October 12-14, 2017, following a Wednesday, October 11, Test ‘N Tune session. The Entries: Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Entry is $150 if entered by October 26, or $250 after October 6. Entries submitted by October 6receive one free driver pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to I-30 Speedway c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay. The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune. The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Pack’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event. The balance of the field will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. Additional points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturday night feature lineups. While the STN finale offers a minimum of $2,000 to each starter, “B” Main non-transfers earn $700 for first non-transfer, $650 for second non-transfer and $600 for remaining non-transfers while “C” Main non-transfers earn $500 for first non-transfer, $450 for second non-transfers and $400 for remaining non-transfers. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The “Red Shirt Dash” will pay $500, $100, $100, $100, $100, $100. The Past Winners: 2016-Sammy Swindell 2015-Rained Out 2014-Christopher Bell 2013-Sammy Swindell 2012-Paul McMahan 2011-Sammy Swindell 2010-Brad Sweet 2009-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2008-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2007-Jason Meyers 2006-Jason Johnson 2005-Tim Montgomery 2004-Gary Wright 2003-Gary Wright 2002-Paul McMahan 2001-Jason Sides 2000-Mike Ward 1999-Gary Wright 1998-Tim Crawley 1997-Wayne Johnson 1996-Pete Butler 1995-Gary Wright 1994-Terry Gray 1993-John Gerloff 1992-Rained Out 1991-Steve Kinser 1990-Sammy Swindell 1989-Steve Kinser 1988-Steve Kinser The Tickets: Advance tickets for all three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are on sale for just $55 if paying cash or $57 if paying via PayPal or credit/debit card. Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the deadline. For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
  15. Reutzel Rolls on to I-80’s Fall Brawl by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 28, 2017) – Holding down a solid second position in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points, Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team continue action with Saturday night’s Midwest Fall Brawl at Greenwood, Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway. Reutzel and crew venture into Nebraska following last weekend’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway. It was a three-night tilt that started in promising fashion with a strong Thursday night run before mechanical woes cut both of the following two nights short. Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team were fast out of the box at Lucas Oil Speedway with a heat race win and then a drive from fourth to second in qualifying race action to earn the front row outside for the Thursday night preliminary feature. Reutzel paced the field much of the way before settling for runner-up honors at the line. “The top was going away and I saw Sammy (Swindell) poke his nose under me,” Reutzel explains. “I went down and looked for the rubber but it wasn’t there yet. Then he stuck the bottom and drove by me.” Reutzel wasn’t done in the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited mount though, as he tried to mount one last rally for the win. “I was trying to pass him back and the caution came out,” Reutzel relates. “Then the rubber came in and it was done.” It was one that Reutzel felt got away. “Leading early cost us in that one,” Reutzel says. Friday’s card started with Reutzel racing from seventh to third in heat race action aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine before a fifth-place finish in the qualifier. “It was a little one-lane for the qualifier, so we couldn’t really go anywhere.” Gridding the feature 12th, Reutzel was on the move as he cracked the top five before mechanical issues forced him pitside. Accumulating enough points over the Thursday and Friday prelims to earn the seventh starting position for Saturday’s Hockett/McMillin Memorial finale, Reutzel was dicing for fourth in short order before mechanical gremlins stepped in again. “We had a good car, I think we had a shot at it,” Reutzel said. Reutzel looks for the checkered flag next on Saturday night with a $5,000 winner’s share on the line for Saturday’s Midwest Fall Brawl in Nebraska. 2017 Quick Stats: 69 races, 6 wins, 24 top-fives, 37 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Midwest Fall Brawl at Greenwood, Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway 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 at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  16. Free Driver Pit Passes for Short Track Nationals Entries by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 26, 2017) – Activity at the I-30 Speedway track offices in Little Rock continues to pick up as the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires draws closer. In little more than two weeks, racers from throughout the nation will battle it out in the showcase event of 360-ci Sprint Car racing as more than $100,000 will be doled out over the course of the three-day spectacular on October 12-14 following a Test ‘N Tune session on Wednesday, October 11. When the final checkered flag flies on October 14, the 30th STN champion will collect $15,000 with each driver earning a spot in the championship finale earning a minimum of $2,000. Drivers entering by the pre-entry deadline of Friday, October 6, will receive a free pit pass for Thursday through Saturday. Pre-entry is $150. Entry fee for those entering after October 6 is $250 with no driver pit pass. Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Memphis shoe Howard Moore holds the distinction of this year’s first STN entry. Moore got in a solid tuneup atop the ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval with a recent regional win aboard his No. 40 Sprint Car. Last year, Sprint Car racing legend Sammy Swindell matched Gary Wright atop the all-time STN win charts by racing to his fourth triumph in the prestigious event. Swindell’s fourth win, coming ahead of Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and reigning Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, followed previous triumphs in 2013, 2011 and 1990. Swindell’s latest STN triumph followed a previous win by current Craftsman NASCAR truck star Christopher Bell with other past winners including the likes of Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Gary Wright, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser. The Pertinent Info: The What: 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). The When: October 12-14, 2017, following a Wednesday, October 11, Test ‘N Tune session. The Entries: Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf. Entry is $150 if entered by October 26, or $250 after October 6. Entries submitted by October 6receive one free driver pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to I-30 Speedway c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay. The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune. The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Pack’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event. The balance of the field will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. Additional points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturdaynight feature lineups. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The “Red Shirt Dash” will pay $500, $100, $100, $100, $100, $100. The Past Winners: 2016-Sammy Swindell 2015-Rained Out 2014-Christopher Bell 2013-Sammy Swindell 2012-Paul McMahan 2011-Sammy Swindell 2010-Brad Sweet 2009-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2008-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2007-Jason Meyers 2006-Jason Johnson 2005-Tim Montgomery 2004-Gary Wright 2003-Gary Wright 2002-Paul McMahan 2001-Jason Sides 2000-Mike Ward 1999-Gary Wright 1998-Tim Crawley 1997-Wayne Johnson 1996-Pete Butler 1995-Gary Wright 1994-Terry Gray 1993-John Gerloff 1992-Rained Out 1991-Steve Kinser 1990-Sammy Swindell 1989-Steve Kinser 1988-Steve Kinser The Tickets: Advance tickets for all three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are on sale for just $55 if paying cash or $57 if paying via PayPal or credit/debit card. Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the deadline. For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
  17. Reutzel Eyes Mores Lucas Oil Speedway Success after Fremont Double by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 21, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel’s last visit to Lucas Oil Speedway resulted in a trip to victory lane aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car. With a $10,000 winner’s share on the line for this weekend’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks”, it’s a trip that Reutzel hopes to repeat. “Hopefully we can keep it going, it’s a good payday,” Reutzel said of the weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event that unfolds over the course of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team come into the Wheatland, Missouri event after a weekend of racing action at Ohio’s Fremont Speedway. After a sixth-place finish in Friday’s opening portion of the Jim and Joanne Ford Classic, Reutzel missed the cut for Saturday’s finale. “We had plenty of speed all weekend, we just didn’t have the luck to go with it,” Reutzel says of the weekend. “All in all, it was fun going out there.” Plenty of speed indeed aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited mount, as Reutzel timed in third among Friday night’s 39-car field and then fifth among Saturday’s field of 40 entries. But the racing gods weren’t on the side of the No. 87 this time around. After holding on to the third position in Friday’s heat race to make the feature, Reutzel was handed the sixth starting position in the revenge draw. Reutzel worked his way forward to third in short order and went to work on the lead duo aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. Reutzel made the pass for second and was set to slide for the lead, only to have the move negated on multiple occasions. “It put us back to third each time, then it would take four or five laps to get going again,” Reutzel recalls. Reutzel got going each time and was set to make one last bid for the lead in Friday’s $5,000-to-win feature event. “(Tim) Shaffer and I came up on second, I biked it up on the cushion and fell off the track,” Reutzel says. Reutzel made his way back on track to salvage a strong sixth-place finish. After Saturday’s strong qualifying effort, Reutzel gridded his heat fourth as only three transferred. “Byron (Reed) was inside of us and got the jump,” Reutzel explains of the heat race. Settling for fourth in the heat race, Reutzel started “B” Main action in fifth. “Shaffer was outside of us and got the jump, then it was pretty much all around the bottom,” Reutzel says. “We just never could get going.” Reutzel looks to get things going on a strong note with Thursday night’s opening leg of the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. 2017 Quick Stats: 66 races, 6 wins, 23 top-fives, 36 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour “Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial” at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil 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.
  18. Velasquez Victorious in DCRP’s Soderberg Memorial Championship; Nusser, Davidson, Munoz & Wahrman Win as Well by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (September 16, 2017) – Taylor Velasquez secured his second consecutive Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car championship by adding another Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship win in Saturday night’s 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car main event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. While Velasquez added his third win in the fifth rendition of the Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship, other season-ending winners included William Nusser in IMCA Modifieds, Brian Davidson in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Angel Munoz in IMCA Stock Cars and Duane Wahrman in IMCA Stock Cars. In the 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car feature, Turpin, Oklahoma’s Velasquez took advantage of a mid-race caution to preserve his second win of the season aboard the Fronk Oil Co./Bearcat Well Service No. 21x Maxim. “That caution was a blessing,” Velasquez commented in victory lane. “I kept working the bottom, but I was getting tighter and tighter and wondered if the topside was coming in. Then I saw him (Luke Cranston) up there.” With Steven Richardson and Ray Seemann leading the way to the green flag, Velasquez shot into the lead on the opening round. Seemann battled back, with the duo trading the lead on consecutive laps from the eighth to 11th circuit until Velasquez moved to the bottom portion of the track. With Velasquez and Seemann working the low line, Luke Cranston was rallying on the top side and was poised to race past both for the lead when the race’s only caution flew for a turn four Lance Davis spin with 14 laps in the books. Velasquez moved back to the top on the restart to keep Cranston at bay, putting the race in the bag when he made quick work of a pack of six lapped cars with just a handful of laps remaining. Velasquez’ ninth DCRP Sprint Car win since 2013 and third Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event triumph was worth $750, courtesy of Comfort Suites. Velasquez beat Cranston to the line, with Richardson launching off the final corner to secure the show position. Seemann crossed the stripe fourth with Brandy Jones rounding out the top five. In IMCA Modified action, Larned’s William Nusser cashed in on his pole starting position by racing to his second 20-lap feature win of the season. Nusser gunned into the lead at the outset and kept Tracy Link at bay throughout to break the string of eight different winners over the eight previous feature events. While Nusser held off Link for the win, Kale Beavers claimed third while Clay Sellard made a late push from his original 14th starting position to snare fourth as he claimed the track championship. Mike Lunow filled out the top five. After coming close a pair of times earlier this season, Bennington’s Brian Davidson finally broke through to capture his first IMCA Sport Modified victory at DCRP in the 20-lapper. Davidson charged past early leader Bart Baker on the fourth round and then had his hands full the rest of the way with Jeff Kaup. Kaup slipped under Davidson exiting turn four to take command on the 17th round, only to have Davidson return the favor the next time around. Kaup made a final bid on the last lap, but Davidson was up to the task. Kaup fell one position short of a fifth win on the season, yet still easily secured his fourth track championship in the past five years. Baker crossed the stripe third with Alex Wiens and Jarett Lunow rounding out the top five. Lamar, Colorado’s Angel Munoz put the finishing touches on the IMCA Stock Car championship by racing to his sixth win of the season in eight events in the 12-lap season-ender. After leading early, Chris Oliver made Munoz work for it as the duo battled side-by-side for several rounds before Munoz took command on the seventh round en route to taking the checkered flag ahead of Oliver and Ondre Rexford. Pratt’s Duane Wahrman made one last bid for the IMCA Hobby Stock title by picking off his third win of the season in the 15-lap finale but fell short of the crown as Reagan Sellard rebounded from heat race issues to post a third-place finish. Wahrman battled past Jacob Huse for the point on the eighth round then held off a pack of challengers over the closing rounds to post the win ahead of Huse, Sellard, Tyler Walker and Bryan Habiger. The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park will finish in a big way with the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 27-28. Tickets for event are available at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=255. Dodge City Raceway Park – Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship September 16, 2017 Results: Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars vs. URSS Sprint Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 97-Brian Herbert, 2. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 3. 50-Jed Werner, 4. 72-Ray Seemann, 5. 18-Brandon Sprott, 6. 45-Monty Ferriera, 7. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 8. 33k-Aaron Ploussard. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 11-Keefe Hemel, 2. 28-Tracey Hill, 3. 8J-Brandy Jones, 4. 0-Steven Richardson, 5. 49-Kris Moore, 6. 11k-Tyler Knight, 7. 17r-Scott Rhoades. DNS: 2J-Zach Blurton. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 49x-Luke Cranston, 2. 33-Koby Walters, 3. 10-Jordan Knight, 4. 17x-Craig Jecha, 5. 1x-Cody Lampe, 6. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 7. 74T-Howard Van Dyke. DNS: 9d-Lance Davis. “A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 49x-Luke Cranston, 3. 0-Steven Richardson, 4. 72-Ray Seemann, 5. 8J-Brandy Jones, 6. 2J-Zach Blurton, 7. 45-Monty Ferriera, 8. 50-Jed Werner, 9. 97-Brian Herbert, 10. 28-Tracey Hill, 11. 11-Keefe Hemel, 12. 49-Kris Moore, 13. 10-Jordan Knight, 14. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 15. 11k-Tyler Knight, 16. 51r-Ros Essenburg, 17. 9d-Lance Davis, 18. 17r-Scott Rhoades, 19. 17x-Craig Jecha, 20. 1x-Cody Lampe, 21. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 22. 74T-Howard Van Dyke, 23. 18-Brandon Sprott, 24. 33-Koby Walters (DQ). IMCA Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 25-Kale Beavers, 2. A2-Randy Wilson, 3. 16-Kevin Gray, 4. 1n-Nick Link, 5. 44-Mike Lunow, 6. 26-Tom Beavers, 7. K98-Danny Keller, 8. 40d-Steve Dent, 9. 36-Travis Simmons. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 7n-William Nusser, 2. 2L-Tracy Link, 3. 3h-Ryan Heger, 4. 57-Joel Lane, 5. 27-Grant Florence, 6. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 7. 85c-Clay Sellard, 8. 22k-Brad Keller, 9. 01-Jesse Smith. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 7n-William Nusser, 2. 2L-Tracy Link, 3. 25-Kale Beavers, 4. 85c-Clay Sellard, 5. 44-Mike Lunow, 6. A2-Randy Wilson, 7. 3h-Ryan Heger, 8. 57-Joel Lane, 9. 01-Jesse Smith, 10. 16-Kevin Gray, 11. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 12. 27-Grant Florence, 13. 22k-Brad Keller, 14. 40d-Steve Dent, 15. 26-Tom Beavers, 16. 1n-Nick Link, 17. K98-Danny Keller, 18. 36-Travis Simmons. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 8-Brian May, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. B55-Brian Davidson, 4. 09x-Brett Berry, 5. 57-Tanner Brunson, 6. 09b-Brock Berry, 7. 83x-Matthew Shenberger, 8. 7-Jarett Lunow. DNS: 3s-Adam Stenzel. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 37-Bart Baker, 2. 10-Alex Wiens, 3. 65-Kohl Ricke, 4. 15-Darren Crouch, 5. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 6. 21m-Joey Maupin, 7. 18-Kyle Wiens, 8. 67-Edwin Elliott, 9. 62-Marvin Ward. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. B55-Brian Davidson, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 10-Alex Wiens, 5. 7-Jarett Lunow, 6. 21m-Joey Maupin, 7. 18-Kyle Wiens, 8. 8-Brian May, 9. 65-Kohl Ricke, 10. 09b-Brock Berry, 11. 62-Marvin Ward, 12. 67-Edwin Elliott, 13. 15-Darren Crouch, 14. 83x-Matthew Shenberger, 15. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 16. 57-Tanner Brunson, 17. 09x-Brett Berry. DNS: 3s-Adam Stenzel. IMCA Stock Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 2. 33-Marlin Hogie, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 3-Chris Oliver, 5. 89-Gregg Schell, 6. 35-Ryan Grubbs, 7. 55-Robbie Perkins. “A” Main (12 Laps): 1. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 2. 3-Chris Oliver, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 33-Marlin Hogie, 5. 89-Gregg Schell, 6. 35-Ryan Grubbs, 7. 55-Robbie Perkins. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 99-Gerald Walker, 2. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 3. 250-Tathan Burkhart, 4. 007-Bryan Habiger, 5. 20-Tyler Walker, 6. 7-Tom Reed. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 2. 55-Jacob Huse, 3. 69-Danny Schulte, 4. 12x-Norman Rogers, 5. 19-Brett Copeland, 6. 81d-Mike Davis, 7. 2s-Reagan Sellard. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 2. 55-Jacob Huse, 3. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 4. 20-Tyler Walker, 5. 007-Bryan Habiger, 6. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 7. 12x-Norman Rogers, 8. 69-Danny Schulte, 9. 7-Tom Reed, 10. 81d-Mike Davis, 11. 19-Brett Copeland, 12. 99-Gerald Walker, 13. 250-Tathan Burkhart.
  19. Fremont Double on Tap for Reutzel after First Posse Appearance by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 15, 2017) – It will be new more territory for Clute, TX, racer Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team with this weekend’s pair of events at Ohio’s Fremont Speedway. Friday’s Fremont card features a $5,000-to-win FAST/OSCS tilt with Saturday’s finale of the Jim and Joanne Ford Classic offering up a $10,000 winner’s share. “We’ve been on nothing but half-miles lately it seems,” Reutzel says. “It’ll be a nice change of pace to get back on a shorter track.” Reutzel goes into the Ohio weekend after spending his first weekend racing in Central Pennsylvania at Port Royal Speedway. It was a weekend that netted an 18th place finish amongst a field of more than 60 entries battling it out for the $50,000 winner’s share. “We may have just run 18th, but that was the most fun I’ve had racing all year,” Reutzel said of ½-mile clay oval in ‘Posse’ territory. “It was slick, the track was racy and everyone we were racing against was good. I had a blast.” The weekend got off to a slow start with a sub-par qualifying effort on Friday night. “We didn’t get a real clean hot lap session, so it wasn’t until qualifying that I realized how far off we were on gearing,” Reutzel said. Reutzel battled forward to fifth in his heat race aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry before getting shuffled back on a late restart. Mired deep in the “B” Main due to the earlier qualifying effort, the hole was too deep to dig out of. “We were decent, we passed two cars and those were (Lucas) Wolfe and (Brian) Montieth,” Reutzel recalls. Saturday got off to a better start with Reutzel second quick among his group aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited entry. The heat race was cut short when caught up in a tangle at the start. Fortunately, Reutzel’s qualifying time put him into the feature event. “We had a really good car,” Reutzel said of the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. “We were battling hard just to run 18th.” Lapped just prior to the mandatory red flag stop, Reutzel ran 14th over the second set of the race. “All in all, we had good speed,” Reutzel sums up. “It’s just hard to start that far back and have a real shot when 40 of the cars there could potentially win.” With his first Posse weekend in the books, Reutzel now tries his hand on the Ohio oval in Fremont. Reutzel has seen Fremont just once before, dropping a 360-ci powerplant in for competition in May of 2016 after his primary engine suffered problems. This time, Reutzel has the 410-ci in place and ready to chase down that winner’s share. 2017 Quick Stats: 64 races, 6 wins, 23 top-fives, 35 top-tens. Up Next: Jim and Joanne Ford Classic at Ohio’s Fremont Speedway on Friday and Saturday. 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.
  20. Soderberg Memorial Championship Night Saturday at DCRP by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (September 12, 2017) – It all comes down to Saturday night as Dodge City Raceway Park finishes up the 2017 regular season with the Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas. Saturday’s card that fires off at 7:00 p.m. features a full slate of Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars vs. URSS Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. The DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car feature will offer up a $750 winner’s share courtesy of Dodge City’s Comfort Suites. While the track will crown a handful of champions on Saturday night, one more action-packed weekend of racing at DCRP remains as the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars storm back into town on October 27-28 for the “Boot Hill Showdown”. Leading the way into Saturday’s Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event are 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). Clay Sellard, Kaup and Munoz can each seal the deal in their respective division by making an appearance while Velasquez and Reagan Sellard still need to tack on additional points to secure a crown. Velasquez can secure his second consecutive DCRP Sprint Car title by earning a spot in the feature event while Reagan Sellard can assure himself of the IMCA Hobby Stock title with a finish of sixth or better. Lying in wait if either driver falls short are Tyler Knight in the Sprint Car ranks and Duane Wahrman in Hobby Stocks. Along with setting his sights on a second consecutive title, Velasquez ranks as just one of two drivers with multiple Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship events wins to his credit after going back-to-back with wins in 2014 and 2015 before posting a sixth-place finish last year as Jake Bubak took top honors. Zach Blurton topped the inaugural Soderberg Memorial event in 2013. The only other driver with multiple Soderberg Memorial wins is Ron Hartman, who topped the IMCA Stock Car ranks in 2013 and 2014. Current IMCA Stock Car points leader Angel Munoz of Lamar, CO, claimed the 2015 win before Michael Pepper finished off last year’s championship effort by winning the finale. While Clay Sellard looks to finish off his IMCA Modified championship effort, he’ll also look to add his name to a list of Soderberg Memorial winners that includes Cole Traugott, Brendon Gemmill, Jesse Richter and Ryan Heger. Poised to claim his third DCRP track title in four years in the IMCA Sport Modified ranks, Woodward’s Jeff Kaup goes after a second consecutive Soderberg Memorial win after last year’s triumph. Other event winners in the Sport Mods include Jamie French, Nate Ginest and Josh Appel. Looking to put the finishing touches on the IMCA Hobby Stock title, Reagan Sellard also tries to add another Soderberg Memorial win to 2015 honors with other Hobby Stock winners including David Berger, Cody Davis and Dan Rogers. Past Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Winners: 2016 – Jake Bubak (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars), Cole Traugott (IMCA Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Michael Pepper (IMCA Stock Cars), David Berger (IMCA Hobby Stocks). 2015 – Taylor Velasquez (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars), Brendon Gemmill (IMCA Modifieds), Jamie French (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Angel Munoz (IMCA Stock Cars), Reagan Sellard (IMCA Hobby Stocks). 2014 – Taylor Velasquez (URSS Sprint Cars), Jesse Richter (IMCA Modifieds), Nate Ginest (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Ron Hartman (IMCA Stock Cars), Cody Davis (Thunder Cars), Jarett Lunow (Hornets). 2013 – Zach Blurton (URSS Sprint Cars), Ryan Heger (IMCA Modifieds), Josh Appel (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Ron Hartman (IMCA Stock Cars), Dan Rogers (Thunder Cars), James Phelps (Hornets). General admission for Saturday night’s Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event are just $20 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Comfort Suites located at 2700 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard in Dodge City, KS, is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park. The Comfort Suites official internet site is located at https://www.choicehotels.com/kansas/dodge-city/comfort-suites-hotels/ks193. Those staying at the Comfort Suites will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit. The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park consists of 14 total nights of scheduled racing action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series for the “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 27-28. The complete 2017 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 checkwww.dodgecityraceway.com.
  21. Reutzel Ventures into Posse Territory for First Time by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 8, 2017) – This weekend will be a first for Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team as the Clute, TX, racer takes to Pennsylvania Posse territory for the first time in his career. And for good reason, with a $50,000 winner’s share up for grabs in Saturday’s Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway following a $5,000-to-win tilt on Friday night. Both events are sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions. “I’m looking forward to it, the tracks there always look to be really racy,” Reutzel said of the upcoming weekend. “It’s going to be an experience for sure.” Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team are looking to put the last weekend’s action at the Jackson Motorplex in the past as quickly as possible. “It was the worst weekend that we have had in a long time,” Reutzel says. Friday’s portion started out strong with a good heat race run and then redrawing the number two pill to start outside the front row of the feature. It was one that wasn’t meant to be for the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited team though, as rain washed out the night’s feature event. Saturday brought double duty for Reutzel and the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance team. The 410-ci effort was essentially stopped short before it got started. “We broke a shifter cable in qualifying,” Reutzel says of the lap that put them at the tail of the field. “That basically put us in start-and-park mode the rest of the night.” The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour 360-ci portion of the night wasn’t much better, with Reutzel mired in the back of a tough heat. “We had a loaded heat and just couldn’t really go anywhere,” Reutzel recalls. Reutzel was on the move in the “B” Main, leading the way until mechanical problems brought an early end to a long night. With a half dozen wins already to his credit in 2017, the past ASCS National champion now looks for his first taste of Posse success at this weekend’s Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. 2017 Quick Stats: 62 races, 6 wins, 23 top-fives, 35 top-tens. Up Next: All Star Circuit of Champions at Port Royal (PA) Speedway’s Tuscarora 50 on Friday and Saturday. 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.
  22. Reutzel Back to Jackson after Two More Top-Three Runs Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (September 1, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take to Minnesota for this weekend’s Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex after posting another pair of podium finishes last weekend. Reutzel raced to third-place finishes in Arkansas and Tennessee in last week’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition at West Memphis’ Riverside International Speedway and Maryville’s Smoky Mountain Speedway. This weekend, it’s back to the half-mile clay oval that Reutzel has enjoyed success at, including a July 28 win in 410-ci action aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. “Hopefully we can continue that streak, it has been a money-maker for us,” Reutzel said of the Jackson Motorplex. Last week’s pair of events got under way on Thursday night atop the ¼-mile Riverside International Speedway gumbo clay oval. And after charging from sixth to win his heat race, Reutzel started the feature from the pole position aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine. “We were really good in the heat race, we had a lot of speed,” Reutzel recalls. “We were really trying to keep an eye on the track, we knew that it would go away some.” Go away it did. Unfortunately, more so than anticipated. “We missed the setup bad, the track went away really bad in the first couple of laps,” Reutzel says. Missing the setup, Reutzel still fought his way to a solid third-place finish in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. “Tim Crawley was able to run the middle and the bottom, and we couldn’t do that,” Reutzel recounts. “He killed us.” Moving on to Maryville, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Speedway for the first time on Saturday night, Reutzel started the feature in sixth after a second-place heat race showing. Reutzel was on the move early, quickly advancing to third. “We got to third and were running down Wayne (Johnson) and Sam (Hafertepe, Jr.),” Reutzel relates. “Going through traffic, a rock or something knocked the nose wing down.” The dislodged nose wing curtailed any further forward progress. “I had to put the top wing further back, we were still too loose,” Reutzel says. “We hung on to finish third.” With another pair of podiums in the books, Reutzel looks for more Jackson Motorplex success on Friday and Saturday before heading to Posse territory for next weekend’s $50,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. 2017 Quick Stats: 60 races, 6 wins, 23 top-fives, 35 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at the Jackson (MN) Motorplex for the Jackson Nationals on Friday and Saturday. 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. 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.
  23. Thirtieth Annual Short Track Nationals Rapidly Approaching by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 31, 2017) – It’s just a short six weeks away. That’s when the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway is set to take place. Following a Test ‘N Tune session on Wednesday, October 11, more than $100,000 in winnings will be doled out over the three night stretch from October 12-14 with the October 14 STN championship finale offering up a $15,000 winner’s share with $2,000 to start the finale. The 30th rendition of the event will mirror last year’s with full fields on each qualifying night. The top three from each preliminary feature will lock into the STN finale with the balance of the field carrying the better of the two qualifying nights into Saturday’s card of heats and features. Driver entry fees will once again cover pit passes for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday portion of the event. Those unable to catch all the intense action can once again take it all in via PPV with Turn2 Media. The Red Shirt Dash will be back as well after Godley, TX, racer Claud Estes topped the inaugural edition of the event last year that honors the memory of Lanny Edwards. Last year, Sprint Car racing legend Sammy Swindell matched Gary Wright atop the all-time STN win charts by racing to his fourth triumph in the prestigious event. Swindell’s fourth win, coming ahead of Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and reigning Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, followed previous triumphs in 2013, 2011 and 1990. Swindell’s latest STN triumph followed a previous win by current Craftsman NASCAR truck star Christopher Bell with other past winners including the likes of Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Gary Wright, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser. The Pertinent Info: The What: 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). The When: October 12-14, 2017, following a Wednesday, October 11, Test ‘N Tune session. The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune. The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Pack’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event. The balance of the field will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. Additional points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturday night feature lineups. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The “Red Shirt Dash” will pay $500, $100, $100, $100, $100, $100. The Past Winners: 2016-Sammy Swindell 2015-Rained Out 2014-Christopher Bell 2013-Sammy Swindell 2012-Paul McMahan 2011-Sammy Swindell 2010-Brad Sweet 2009-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2008-Tony Bruce, Jr. 2007-Jason Meyers 2006-Jason Johnson 2005-Tim Montgomery 2004-Gary Wright 2003-Gary Wright 2002-Paul McMahan 2001-Jason Sides 2000-Mike Ward 1999-Gary Wright 1998-Tim Crawley 1997-Wayne Johnson 1996-Pete Butler 1995-Gary Wright 1994-Terry Gray 1993-John Gerloff 1992-Rained Out 1991-Steve Kinser 1990-Sammy Swindell 1989-Steve Kinser 1988-Steve Kinser The Tickets: Advance tickets for all three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are on sale for just $55 if paying cash or $57 if paying via PayPal or credit/debit card. Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card. To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567. Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the deadline. For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
  24. Reutzel Back to Jackson after Two More Top-Three Runs by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 1, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take to Minnesota for this weekend’s Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex after posting another pair of podium finishes last weekend. Reutzel raced to third-place finishes in Arkansas and Tennessee in last week’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition at West Memphis’ Riverside International Speedway and Maryville’s Smoky Mountain Speedway. This weekend, it’s back to the half-mile clay oval that Reutzel has enjoyed success at, including a July 28 win in 410-ci action aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. “Hopefully we can continue that streak, it has been a money-maker for us,” Reutzel said of the Jackson Motorplex. Last week’s pair of events got under way on Thursday night atop the ¼-mile Riverside International Speedway gumbo clay oval. And after charging from sixth to win his heat race, Reutzel started the feature from the pole position aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine. “We were really good in the heat race, we had a lot of speed,” Reutzel recalls. “We were really trying to keep an eye on the track, we knew that it would go away some.” Go away it did. Unfortunately, more so than anticipated. “We missed the setup bad, the track went away really bad in the first couple of laps,” Reutzel says. Missing the setup, Reutzel still fought his way to a solid third-place finish in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. “Tim Crawley was able to run the middle and the bottom, and we couldn’t do that,” Reutzel recounts. “He killed us.” Moving on to Maryville, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Speedway for the first time on Saturday night, Reutzel started the feature in sixth after a second-place heat race showing. Reutzel was on the move early, quickly advancing to third. “We got to third and were running down Wayne (Johnson) and Sam (Hafertepe, Jr.),” Reutzel relates. “Going through traffic, a rock or something knocked the nose wing down.” The dislodged nose wing curtailed any further forward progress. “I had to put the top wing further back, we were still too loose,” Reutzel says. “We hung on to finish third.” With another pair of podiums in the books, Reutzel looks for more Jackson Motorplex success on Friday and Saturday before heading to Posse territory for next weekend’s $50,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. 2017 Quick Stats: 60 races, 6 wins, 23 top-fives, 35 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at the Jackson (MN) Motorplex for the Jackson Nationals on Friday and Saturday. 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.
  25. The Plan Falls into Place for Charles Davis, Jr., in Freedom Tour Finale Lonnie Wheatley, WICHITA, Kan. (August 19, 2017) – Charles Davis, Jr., had a plan in place for Saturday night’s Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” finale atop 81 Speedway’s 3/8-mile clay oval. It wasn’t among the most diabolical plans, yet a worthy one for the driver of the Massey Motorsports No. 50 RSS Industries/Rod End Supply entry from Buckeye, AZ. “I said that if I won this thing tonight, I was going to park it in the beer garden,” the Chargin’ one quipped prior to the four-race set’s 25-lap finale. The multi-time Arizona state champ delivered, taking command in the latter stages to snare the $2,250 win in what falls into the classification of an “instant classic”. A $250 bonus from Alternative Pest Management bumped the posted $2,000 winner’s share with another $250 split among runner-up R.J. Johnson and third-place finisher Tye Mihocko. Davis, Jr., parked his winning mount in the breezeway in front of the “Tie-Rod Bar & Grill” beer garden area and proceeded to deliver victory lane interviews from the perch of the flagstand much to the delight of the crowd. After accumulating the most points in heat race action, Davis, Jr., gridded the feature field sixth with Yuma’s Mike Martin gunning into the early lead as he looked to chase down a third “Freedom Tour” triumph atop 81 Speedway clay. Martin soon succumbed to the charges of hometown hero Jeremy Campbell on the high side, with the Michigan native transplanted to Kansas slipping away while Davis, Jr., battled into second and then Dustin Morgan worked his way into third from the ninth starting position. Davis, Jr., closed the gap on Campbell soon after the midway point and was poised to challenge until slipping off the edge of turn two on the 16th round and losing ten car-lengths. Davis, Jr., scrambled to make up lost ground until a caution flew after 18 laps. The battle was on, with Campbell slipping off turn two as well on the restart and Morgan charging past both to take command before another caution flew one lap later. “That caution killed my rhythm,” Campbell said afterward. Morgan led the way on the restart, but Davis, Jr., made an uncharacteristic move to the low side of the track to edge into the lead with Friday night winner R.J. Johnson entering the lead mix from the tenth starting position. Morgan pounded the top side too aggressively, going for a wild ride off the top of turn three on the 22nd lap with Campbell sliding into the scene as well. Davis, Jr. fought off R.J. Johnson over the remaining four laps to become the lone repeat winner of the Fifth Annual “Freedom Tour” after winning Wednesday’s opening leg at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway. “I hate the bottom, but I’m glad I found it down there in time,” Davis, Jr., commented after the upper portion of the track slowed in the final rounds. “I was uncomfortable down there, but it worked.” Johnson settled for runner-up honors while Tye Mihocko made it an Arizona sweep of the podium by capturing third-place. Making her first “Freedom Tour” start of the week, Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker surged as far forward as third in the closing stages before setting for fourth at the stripe with Arizona’s Shon Deskins rounding out the top five. Martin was sixth with 14th-starter Craig Carroll, Anthony Nicholson, Forrest Sutherland and Ty Hulsey completing the top ten. Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Freedom Tour Round Four Results August 19, 2017 – 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS) Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 78-Chris Bonneau (1), 2. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (6), 3. 16-Mike Martin (3), 4. 93-Dustin Morgan (2), 5. 77m-R.J. Johnson (5), 6. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (7), 7. 24c-Craig Carroll (4). Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 5-Tye Mihocko (1), 2. 85-Forrest Sutherland (2), 3. 7-Shon Deskins (3), 4. 10c-Jeremy Campbell (6), 5. 13-Dennis Gile (7), 6. 7x-Michelle Decker (4), 7. 24h-Ty Hulsey (5). “A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (6), 2. 77m-R.J. Johnson (10), 3. 5-Tye Mihocko (4), 4. 7x-Michelle Decker (12), 5. 7-Shon Deskins (7), 6. 16-Mike Martin (1), 7. 24c-Craig Carroll (14), 8. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (11), 9. 85-Forrest Sutherland (3), 10. 24h-Ty Hulsey (13), 11. 13-Dennis Gile (8), 12. 78-Chris Bonneau (5), 13. 93-Dustin Morgan (9), 14. 10c-Jeremy Campbell (2). Lap Leaders: Mike Martin 1-3, Jeremy Campbell 4-18, Dustin Morgan 19, Charles Davis, Jr. 20-25.
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