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  1. The Plan Falls into Place for Charles Davis, Jr., in Freedom Tour Finale by 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.
  2. R.J. Johnson Jets to Freedom Tour Victory at 81 Speedway by Lonnie Wheatley WICHITA, Kan. (August 18, 2017) – R.J. Johnson let one get away in Wednesday night’s Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” opener. He made up for it by racing to victory lane in Friday night’s third round aboard the Michaels No. 77m atop the 3/8-mile 81 Speedway. Adam Mollenkopf photo The $2,500 triumph in the 25-lapper didn’t come without a perilous moment though, as the reigning series champ hit the cushion going into turn one and biked it severely. Johnson saved it and went on to win by nearly a half-straightaway over Charles Davis, Jr. “I messed up and gave one away to start the week, and I almost pulled off a repeat to give away another one,” the Phoenix, AZ, shoe said in victory lane. It capped off a perfect night for the Ford-powered Kodiak parts team after Johnson won both his heat race and qualifying race earlier in the evening. “It was a perfect night, this car was great all night,” Johnson commented. While Johnson won both his heat and qualifier, Davis, Jr., earned the pole position and gunned into the early lead. Davis, Jr., paced the initial nine circuits before Johnson slid by to take command for keeps. Johnson navigated a technical cushion the rest of the way to secure the triumph ahead of Davis, Jr., with Dennis Gile capturing his second podium finish of the week in third. Tye Mihocko was a close fourth with Dustin Morgan rounding out the top five to rank as the only driver to finish among the top five through all three opening rounds. Wyatt Burks was sixth with Mike Martin, Jeremy Campbell, Chris Bonneau and Shon Deskins completing the top ten. The original start to the feature immediately resulted in a red flag when fourth-starter Stevie Sussex hooked the cushion getting into the first turn and went for a wild ride off the end of the track. Sussex was uninjured. The balance of the 25-lapper was only interrupted once more by a minor turn one spin after six laps. The Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour” action concludes on Saturday night at 81 Speedway after the original closer at Caney Valley Speedway succumbed to weather early on Friday. Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Freedom Tour Round Three Results - August 18, 2017 – 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS) Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 5-Tye Mihocko (1), 2. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (5), 3. 85-Forrest Sutherland (4), 4. 10c-Jeremy Campbell (6), 5. 24c-Craig Carroll (3), 6. 93-Dustin Morgan (7), 7. 78-Chris Bonneau (2), 8. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (8). Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 77m-R.J. Johnson (2), 2. 4-Stevie Sussex (1), 3. 13-Dennis Gile (3), 4. 16-Mike Martin (6), 5. 7-Shon Deskins (4), 6. 11w-Wyatt Burks (7), 7. 24h-Ty Hulsey (8), 8. 34-Chad Boespflug (5). Qualifier One (8 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (6), 2. 11w-Wyatt Burks (1), 3. 16-Mike Martin (3), 4. 5-Tye Mihocko (5), 5. 78-Chris Bonneau (8), 6. 85-Forrest Sutherland (4), 7. 24h-Ty Hulsey (7), 8. 7-Shon Deskins (2). Qualifier Two (8 Laps): 1. 77m-R.J. Johnson (6), 2. 93-Dustin Morgan (2), 3. 13-Dennis Gile (3), 4. 4-Stevie Sussex (5), 5. 24c-Craig Carroll (1), 6. 10c-Jeremy Campbell (4), 7. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (7), 8. 34-Chad Boespflug (DNS). “A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 77m-R.J. Johnson (2), 2. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (1), 3. 13-Dennis Gile (6), 4. 5-Tye Mihocko (3), 5. 93-Dustin Morgan (7), 6. 11w-Wyatt Burks (8), 7. 16-Mike Martin (5), 8. 10c-Jeremy Campbell (10), 9. 78-Chris Bonneau (11), 10. 7-Shon Deskins (14), 11. 24h-Ty Hulsey (12), 12. 24c-Craig Carroll (13), 13. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (15), 14. 85-Forrest Sutherland (9), 15. 4-Stevie Sussex (4), 16. 34-Chris Bonneau (DNS). Lap Leaders: Charles Davis, Jr. 1-9, R.J. Johnson 10-25.
  3. Hahn Captures Freedom Tour Win at Creek County by Lonnie Wheatley SAPULPA, Okla. (August 17, 2017) – Blake Hahn found himself right at home atop the cozy confines of the ¼-mile Creek County Speedway clay oval on Thursday night, as the Sapulpa native raced to his second USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” win in the past three years in the 30-lap main event. Adam Mollenkopf photo Hahn battled past fellow front-row starter and Tulsa-area shoe Dustin Morgan on the third round and then denied a furious bid from Stevie Sussex over the closing circuits to picks up the $2,500 winner’s share in the Round Two of the Fifth Annual “Freedom Tour” mini-series. After a pair of aborted feature starts, Morgan broke into the lead from the pole position only to surrender the point to Hahn after pacing two rounds. Morgan kept the heat on much of the way until Tempe, Arizona’s Sussex threw his hat into the ring by sliding into second after on a lap 22 restart. Sussex threw a couple of sliders and pounded the topside but to no avail, falling just short of Hahn’s Lucas Oil Products No. 52 Sprint Car at the line. Sussex settled for runner-up honors in a strong rebound from a rough “Freedom Tour” opener while Morgan filled out the podium for his second top-five of the week. After transferring from “B” Main action, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Beason rallied through the field from 17th to capture fourth with reigning USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson of Phoenix rounding out the top five. Ty Hulsey advanced a half-dozen positions to claim sixth with Arizona’s Shon Deskins making the most of a promoter’s provisional to charge through the field from 21st to seventh. Memphis’ Anthony Nicholson earned an eighth-place finish with Tulsa’s Craig Carroll and Arizona rep Chris Bonneau completing the top ten. Sussex, Forrest Sutherland, Fred Mattox and Charles Davis, Jr., topped heat race action for the 32-car field with Kyle Clark and Carroll winning the twin 12-lap “B” Main. Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour” action resumes with Round Three at 81 Speedway near Wichita, KS, on Friday night. Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Freedom Tour Round Two Results - August 17, 2017 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) Heat Races (Top 14 in Passing Points to “A” Main; balance to Two “B” Main) Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 4-Stevie Sussex (2), 2. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (1), 3. 22-David Stephenson (4), 4. 5$-Danny Smith (6), 5. 7-Shon Deskins (5), 6. 11-Michael Tyre (3), 7. 7m-Chance Morton (7), 8. 54-Will Scribner (8). Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 85-Forrest Sutherland (3), 2. 24h-Ty Hulsey (1), 3. 23-Seth Bergman (6), 4. 24c-Craig Carroll (4), 5. 21-Andrew Deal (5), 6. 5-Tye Mihocko (8), 7. 36-Jonathan Beason (7), 8. 87F-Brian McClelland (2). Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 26m-Fred Mattox (5), 2. 79-Tim Kent (6), 3. 52-Blake Hahn (7), 4. 16-Mike Martin (8), 5. 97-Kevin Cummings (4), 6. 13-Dennis Gile (1), 7. 5h-Cameron Hagin (2), 8. 31-Casey Wills (3). Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (2), 2. 77m-R.J. Johnson (6), 3. 93-Dustin Morgan (7), 4. 9$-Kyle Clark (3), 5. 34-Chad Boespflug (8), 6. 78-Chris Bonneau (4), 7. 2e-Roy Entze (1), 8. 13w-Grant Wresche (5). First “B” Main (Top 3 Advance to “A” Main – 12 Laps): 1. 9$-Kyle Clark (2), 2. 36-Jonathan Beason (6), 3. 34-Chad Boespflug (1), 4. 7-Shon Deskins (3), 5. 2e-Roy Entze (8), 6. 97-Kevin Cummings (4), 7. 54-Will Scribner (7), 8. 11-Michael Tyre (5), 9. 31-Casey Wills (DNS). Second “B” Main (Top 3 Advance to “A” Main – 12 Laps): 1. 24c-Craig Carroll (1), 2. 21-Andrwe Deal (3), 3. 78-Chris Bonneau (4), 4. 5-Tye Mihocko (2), 5. 5h-Cameron Hagin (7), 6. 13-Dennis Gile (6), 7. 87F-Brian McClelland (9), 8. 7m-Chance Morton (5), 9. 13w-Grant Wresche (8). “A” Feature (30 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn (2), 2. 4-Stevie Sussex (7), 3. 93-Dustin Morgan (1), 4. 36-Jonathan Beason (17), 5. 77m-R.J. Johnson (4), 6. 24h-Ty Hulsey (12), 7. 7-Shon Deskins (21), 8. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (11), 9. 24c-Craig Carroll (16), 10. 78-Chris Bonneau (20), 11. 5$-Danny Smith (14), 12. 9$-Kyle Clark (15), 13. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (8), 14. 85-Forrest Sutherland (3), 15. 16-Mike Martin (10), 16. 21-Andrew Deal (18), 17. 5-Tye Mihocko (22), 18. 79-Tim Kent (5), 19. 23-Seth Bergman (9), 20. 26m-Fred Mattox (6), 21. 34-Chad Boespflug (19), 22. 22-David Stephenson (13). Lap Leaders: Dustin Morgan 1-2, Blake Hahn 3-30. Note: Fourth-place “B” Main finishers Shon Deskins and Tye Mihocko were awarded Promoter’s Provisionals to start the main event.
  4. Charles Davis, Jr. Charges to Freedom Tour Opening Night Win at I-30 Speedway by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 16, 2017) – Charles Davis, Jr., cashed in on a late opportunity to win the opening leg of USAC Southwest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour” action for the second time in three years by winning Wednesday night’s 30-lap feature atop the high-banked I-30 Speedway clay oval. Adam Mollenkopf photo Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin’ Charles” assumed the point when race leader R.J. Johnson looped it in turn four with the white flag in sight and then survived a green-white-checkered challenge from hometown hotshoe Tim Crawley to take the $2,500 triumph in the series first visit to Little Rock. “That was fun, this is one racy little joint,” the multi-time Arizona champ exclaimed as he climbed from the Massey Motorsports No. 50 RSS Industries/Rod End Supply entry after his third career “Freedom Tour” triumph in the opening leg of the Fifth Annual mini-series. With Davis, Jr., gridding the field outside the third row after earning the evening’s top passing point total through heat race action, the Oklahoma duo of Casey Wills and Danny Smith led the feature field to the green flag with Wills crossing the stripe first after the opening circuit before Smith paced the next two rounds. Defending series champ R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, AZ, was on the move though aboard the Michaels No. 77m machine, racing into the lead on the fourth round. Johnson set the pace with a wild battle for position in his wake until the race’s first caution flew after 14 rounds for a Kevin Hinkle spin in turn four. Action resumed with Johnson again leading the way as the battle for second narrowed down to the trio of Davis, Jr., seventh-starter Crawley and tenth-starter Dennis Gile in the closing rounds. Opportunity presented itself to Davis, Jr., though when Johnson spun exiting turn four with the white flag in sight, setting up a two-lap dash to the stripe with Davis, Jr., in command ahead of Crawley and Gile. Davis, Jr., fought off a bid and raced down the backstretch less than a half-lap away from the checkered flag when a turn one skirmish between Danny Smith and Howard Moore precipitated one final caution that set up a green-white-checkered run to the stripe. Crawley made another bid to take the win aboard Mike Ward’s No. 88 but fell short, with Davis, Jr., taking the Freedom Tour checkered flag. Crawley and Gile slid back and forth in the final pair of corners with Crawley earning the position as Arizona’s Gile settled for runner-up honors. Arizona’s Tye Mihock worked his way forward from ninth to capture fourth with Owasso, Oklahoma’s Dustin Morgan charging through the field from 15th to round out the top five after winning the “B” Main. Little Rock’s Cody Gardner was sixth with Wills, Kyle Clark, Memphis rep Anthony Nicholson and Yuma’s Mike Martin completing the top ten. Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour” action resumes with Round Two at Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, OK, on Thursday night. Fifth Annual USAC Southwest Freedom Tour Round One Results - August 16, 2017 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) Heat Races (Top 14 in Passing Points to “A” Main; balance to “B” Main) Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 16-Mike Martin (2), 2. 31-Casey Wills (1), 3. 78-Chris Bonneau (7), 4. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (4), 5. D6-Cody Gardner (8), 6. 38-Rick Pringle (5), 7. 69-Jamey Mooney (6), 8. 7-Shon Deskins (3). Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (4), 2. 5$-Danny Smith (2), 3. 13-Dennis Gile (1), 4. 40-Howard Moore (3), 5. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (7), 6. 43-Ty Hulsey (5), 7. 21-Kevin Hinkle (6), 8. 57-Stevie Sussex (8). Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 77m-R.J. Johnson (4), 2. 88-Tim Crawley (1), 3. 5-Tye Mihocko (2), 4. 21z-Zach Pringle (3), 5. 93-Dustin Morgan (5), 6. 9$-Kyle Clark (6), 7. 34-Chad Boespflug (7). “B” Main (Top 6 Advance to “A” Main – 8 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan (1), 2. 9$-Kyle Clark (2), 3. 38-Rick Pringle (3), 4. 7-Shon Deskins (7), 5. 43-Ty Hulsey (4), 6. 21-Kevin Hinke (5), 7. 69-Jamey Mooney (6), 8. 34-Chad Boespflug (DNS), 9. 57-Stevie Sussex (DNS). “A” Feature (30 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (6), 2. 88-Tim Crawley (7), 3. 13-Dennis Gile (10), 4. 5-Tye Mihocko (9), 5. 93-Dustin Morgan (15), 6. D6-Cody Gardner (8), 7. 31-Casey Wills (1), 8. 9$-Kyle Clark (16), 9. 16x-Anthony Nicholson (11), 10. 16-Mike Martin (3), 11. 21z-Zach Pringle (14), 12. 43-Ty Hulsey (19), 13. 77m-R.J. Johnson (5), 14. 21-Kevin Hinkle (20), 15. 5$-Danny Smith (2), 16. 40-Howard Moore (13), 17. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (12), 18. 78-Chris Bonneau (4), 19. 38-Rick Pringle (17), 20. 7-Shon Deskins (18). Lap Leaders: Casey Wills 1, Danny Smith 2-3, R.J. Johnson 4-28, Charles Davis, Jr., 29-30.
  5. USAC Southwest Freedom Tour this Week! by Lonnie Wheatley TULSA, Okla. (August 14, 2017) – Traditional Sprint Car racing fans throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas are in for a rare treat this week with the fifth rendition of the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour”. The wingless Sprint Cars will sling the clay for four nights at four different tracks beginning on Wednesday night, battling it out for a $2,500 winner’s share each night with a minimum of $250 to start each feature event. The action begins with Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway hosting the “Freedom Tour” for the first time on Wednesday. From there, action shifts to Creek County Speedway near Tulsa on Thursday night and then Wichita’s 81 Speedway on Friday night. The mini-series wraps up on Saturday night at Caney Valley Speedway near the Oklahoma-Kansas line in Caney, KS. There will be some USAC National flavor in the mix over the course of the week as Cali native Chad Boespflug will mix it up with the Arizona contingent that include the likes of reigning series champion R.J. Johnson along with Charles Davis, Jr., Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Shon Deskins, Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile and Chris Bonneau among others. Boespflug currently sits third in in USAC National points while R.J. Johnson leads the way in USAC Southwest point standins. The Southwest invaders will face stiff competition at each track from the local forces, with Memphis shoe Anthony Nicholson among those set for another full tour of “Freedom Tour” duty after taking in last year’s full slate of events. A past Short Track Nationals preliminary feature winner at I-30 Speedway, Nicholson finished among the top ten in all three of last year’s completed “Freedom Tour” features. I-30 Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway will both be hosting the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” for the first time while Creek County Speedway and 81 Speedway have been series staples since the outset in 2013. In four previous years of USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” competition, nine different drivers have earned feature wins in 15 events. R.J. Johnson leads the way with four triumphs, including two of three last year. Rick Ziehl, Charles Davis, Jr., and Mike Martin each have two wins, while single “Freedom Tour” wins have gone to Danny Smith, Brady Bacon, Mike Bonneau, Blake Hahn and Josh Hodges. 2017 USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” Schedule: Wednesday, August 16 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR), Racing at 7:30 p.m. First Freedom Tour event. August 17 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK), Racing at 8:00 p.m. Past winners: Danny Smith (2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Blake Hahn (2015), R.J. Johnson (2016). August 18 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS), Racing at 7:30 p.m. Past Winners: Rick Ziehl (2013), Mike Martin (2014), Mike Martin (2015), Mother Nature (2016). August 19 – Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, KS), Racing at 7:00 p.m. First Freedom Tour event. Information regarding each of the Fifth Annual Freedom Tour tracks is available at: I-30 Speedway - http://www.i-30speedway.com/ Creek County Speedway - http://www.creekcountyspeedway.co/ 81 Speedway – http://www.race81speedway.com Caney Valley Speedway - http://www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net/
  6. Reutzel Carries Confidence into Knoxville Nationals after Top-Five Finish in 360 Nationals by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (August 9, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team are set to kick off their pursuit of 57th Annual Knoxville Nationals glory with Wednesday’s opening round of qualifying action. And, after posting his second top-five finish over the last three years of 360 Nationals competition atop the storied Marion County Fairgrounds ½-mile clay oval in Knoxville, Iowa, Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team go into this week’s action with confidence. “We learned some things and then learned some things not to do in Sunday’s Capitani Classic,” Reutzel says. “If we can qualify like we did in the 360 Nationals, the rest of it will fall in place.” Qualifying can be key, and Reutzel kicked off last week’s 27th Annual Knoxville 360 Nationals with a strong qualifying effort that timed him in sixth among Thursday’s 43-car field of competitors. Reutzel then raced to fourth in his heat race to earn a feature starting position. “We made it through the heat and that was huge,” Reutzel says, as he was only one of two drivers among the top ten in qualifying to make the feature cut through the heat race, which weighs heavily with the Nationals point system. The 20-lap Thursday feature got off to a wild start with Reutzel fortunate to avoid any race-ending damage. “The car in front of me ran over the berm and got completely sideways,” Reutzel recalls. “He came back across the track and collected us, then we got run over from behind and it about tore the wing off.” With an open red, the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited crew was able to make repairs and get Reutzel back in action. “We were geared to run the top, but the bottom turned out to be a little better,” Reutzel says. “So we were just lugging around the bottom.” It was good enough with Reutzel bringing the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine to the line with a sixth-place finish and a points night that was good enough to put him in the fifth starting position for Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win Knoxville 360 Nationals finale. “We weren’t good enough to move forward, but we were good enough to hold our ground,” Reutzel said of Thursday’s sixth-place run. Saturday’s 25-lap finale found Reutzel in the Knoxville 360 Nationals top-five for the second time in three years with a fourth-place finish after starting fifth. “We were up to third at one time, then lost a couple positions before getting back to fourth,” Reutzel says. “We were good, the guys ahead of us were just a little better. They have all raced about a million laps there, they raced a little better and moved around a little better than us.” Sunday brought a switch to 410-ci action with the Sixth Annual Capitani Classic atop the ½-mile clay oval. After a late draw for qualifying, some experimentation was in order. “We tried some stuff on the car that worked with the 360,” Reutzel explains. “It didn’t work so well with the 410, so we learned not to do that.” After timing in 14th-quick among his group of 34 in the 69-car field, Reutzel ran fifth in his heat race to set the stage for a sixth-starting position in “B” Main action. “We were running fifth and had a shot at getting into the top three, then the car jumped out of gear,” Reutzel said of the end of his Sunday efforts. With a recent 410-ci win at Jackson, MN, among his six overall triumphs this season and a third-place showing in 410-ci action at Knoxville in April, Reutzel feels good about the No. 87 team going into this week’s 57th Annual Knoxville Nationals. “I think it’s the best car that we have had going into the Nationals,” the 2015 Rookie of the Nationals says. “If things fall right, hopefully we can be in our first Knoxville Nationals ‘A’ Feature on Saturday night.” 2017 Quick Stats: 54 races, 6 wins, 20 top-fives, 31 top-tens. Up Next: 57th Annual Knoxville Nationals at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway on Wednesday through Saturday. Reutzel will take part in Wednesday’s qualifier that will set the stage for Friday and Saturday action. 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. Reutzel Ready for Knoxville 360 Nationals after Big Score at Jackson by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (August 3, 2017) – Coming off the heels of a $10,000 triumph at Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex last Friday, Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team set their sights on the Knoxville 360 Nationals crown this weekend. Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team will hit the ½-mile clay oval at Iowa’s Marion County Fairgrounds on Thursday night to set the stage for Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win Knoxville 360 Nationals finale. Reutzel will then round out this weekend with Sunday night’s Capitani Classic atop the Knoxville, Iowa clay leading into next week’s 57th Annual Knoxville Nationals. The Clute, TX, racer looks to improve upon his previous best Knoxville 360 Nationals finish by two positions after finishing third in the event in 2015. Saturday’s $15,000 winner’s share would go nicely with the $10,000 that Reutzel pocketed in Minnesota last weekend. The Jackson Motorplex triumph was Reutzel’s sixth overall win of the year and first in 410-ci competition. “It was great to finally get that first 410 win at Jackson,” Reutzel says. “We’ve been so close there a few times before, we’ve always been good there.” Reutzel started the night fast out of the box aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited entry. “We were fast in hot laps,” Reutzel recalls. “Then we qualified tenth, the track came in a little later.” Timing in tenth worked to Reutzel’s advantage this time around. “The heat races were a little one lane and a lot of the guys that timed ahead of us didn’t make it to the top four to transfer,” Reutzel says. “We ran fourth in our heat and that put us front row for the feature.” Reutzel took full advantage of that front row starting position by racing on to a $10,000 payday, even if he had to battle back from a slow start. “We were fighting a stumble all night, so we weren’t good on the starts,” Reutzel says. “We were lucky to hold on to second at the start of the race.” Once up to speed though, there was no holding back Reutzel. “We were staying with Zomer,” Reutzel relates. “I knew I just had to be patient and stay on him, then try to get by him in traffic.” The plan worked out to perfection with Reutzel racing by in traffic and then cruising on to the checkered flag aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. A pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour nights in Iowa followed at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday and then Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday. The Knoxville card started out in promising fashion with a time that was sixth-quick among his group of 31 in the 62 car field. “We were great in qualifying, but then we were way too loose in the heat race,” Reutzel says. After gaining just one position from sixth to fifth in his heat race, Reutzel was forced into “B” Main action. “We weren’t very good in that either,” Reutzel says. “I got into the wall on the last lap and had a flat tire down the backstretch and barely missed a transfer position.” Reutzel and crew went on to Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour’s first visit to the facility. A high draw number was not what the doctor ordered on this night. “It rubbered up in hot laps,” Reutzel says of the Mason City racetrack. Mired at the tail of his heat race on a rubber-down surface, Reutzel salvaged a top-ten finish on the night. “We gained one position in the heat race,” Reutzel says. “Then we started 16th in the feature, passed six cars on the opening lap and that was pretty much it.” Attention shifts exclusively to Knoxville Raceway for the next ten nights, beginning with Thursday’s qualifying round at the 27th Annual Knoxville 360 Nationals. 2017 Quick Stats: 51 races, 6 wins, 19 top-fives, 29 top-tens. Up Next: Knoxville 360 Nationals qualifier on Thursday night, Knoxville 360 Nationals finale on Saturday and the Capitani Classic at Knoxville (IA) Raceway on Sunday 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.
  8. horson Thorough for Tuesday Night Thunder USAC Midget Win The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 35 Lonnie Wheatley, FAIRBURY, Neb. (August 1, 2017) – The reigning USAC Midget National champion had been denied victory lane in series competition thus far in 2017. Tanner Thorson fixed that on Tuesday night by racing to victory lane in the 40-lap “Riverside Chevrolet Tuesday Night Thunder at Jefferson County Speedway presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation” before a capacity crowd on hand to watch the wild racing action atop the 1/5-mile clay oval. While Thorson enjoyed Midget honors, Frank Galusha captured accompanying JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint honors for the second year in a row. In the event that kicked off this year’s road to this weekend’s Belleville Midget Nationals, the Minden, Nevada racer overcame early adversity by rallying from the tail to win his heat race after his Keith Kunz Racing mount stalled on the original start. Securing the third starting position aboard the Toyota-powered KKM/Curb Motorsports No. 67 entry, Thorson spent much of the race chasing Tyler Thomas for the point before finally battling past for the lead soon after the race’s first caution after 23 laps en route to the $3,000 victory. “The track got really technical there towards the end,” Thorson said in victory lane. “I’m just glad I could get this win for my guys, they always give me a great car. This is a fun track to race at, we had some problems with it last year but made up for it this time.” With Thorson in chase mode early, Inaugural “Tuesday Night Thunder” runner-up Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, OK, was looking to improve his finish by one position from his front row starting position. And, after fending off some early bids from Thorson, Thomas stretched out his advantage aboard the BT Machine No. 91T as he rallied around lapped traffic with ease on the top side, all the while leaving Thorson to fend off the advances of Shane Golobic for the second position. But when the caution first flew for Justin Grant’s stalled machine outside turns three and four after 23 laps, it proved to be Thomas’ undoing. Thorson slid for the lead on the restart, only to have Thomas fight off the challenge. It was shortlived though, as Thorson made the move stick the next time around. Once out front, there was no stopping Thorson as Thomas was left to battle it out over the closing rounds with the likes of Golobic and the surging fellow Oklahoma duo of Brady Bacon and Christopher Bell. A final caution with three laps to go offered a glimmer of hope to Golobic, who had climbed to second, but Bacon’s late advances on the bottom side resulted in side-by-side battles that set Thorson free for keeps. While Thorson secured his first USAC National triumph of the season, Bacon worked his way to second in the final rounds with Thomas earning “Tuesday Night Thunder” podium honors for the second year in a row with a third-place finish. Golobic slipped back to fourth in the final circuits with Bell rounding out the top five. The Vitals Series: USAC National Midgets Track: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE) Car Count: 33 Quick Time: Chad Boat (11.105 seconds) Qualifying Moments: The first car to take time, defending race winner Chad Boat set a standard of 11.105 seconds that couldn’t be matched the remaining 31 cars. He was one of five that were quicker than the track record of 11.354 seconds established by Brady Bacon last year. Heat Winners (starting position in parentheses): Tucker Klaasmeyer (3), Jerry Coons, Jr. (3), Christopher Bell (5), Tanner Thorson (6). Heat Moments: After three failed attempts to get the first heat going, Klaasmeyer held off Tyler Thomas and Chad Boat for the win while Tyler Courtney rebounded from a spin on the original start to take the fourth and final transfer; It was all Jerry Coons, Jr., all the time in heat two; Christopher Bell decimated the field in heat three as Clinton Boyles held off Chett Gehrke for fourth; After sliding to a stop before getting to the green flag on the original start, Tanner Thorson rallied from the tail to take the lead away from Ryan Robinson with two to go as Keith Kunz entrants Thorson, Spencer Bayston and Robinson ran one-two-three. “B” Main Winner (starting position in parentheses): Chett Gehrke (1). “B” Main Moments: Bob Harr hit the wall exiting turn four and flipped across the line in the fifth of six transfer positions; John Klabunde took his starting position as an alternate. Best Supporting Role: Frank Galusha gets it done for the second year in a row with the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint win. “A” Main Cautions: Three 23 Laps – Justin Grant ducks off the backstretch, taking Christopher Bell with him. Bell continues but loses a pair of positions back to sixth by the time the caution flies for Grant’s stalled machine off turn three. 29 Laps – Brayton Lynch spins it in turn four and collects Tyler Nelson. Nelson exits, but Lynch isn’t done. 37 Laps – Lynch sets up one last dash to the stripe after stalling it in turn two. Hard Charger: Jerry Coons, Jr., gets the nod after climbing six spots from his 14th starting position to finish eighth. The Assists: Along with “Tuesday Night Thunder” title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other local sponsors that are making “Tuesday Night Thunder” possible include Chappell Roofing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Starr Plumbing, X-CEL NDT, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Ol' Red 99.5, Pollman Appliance, Z-Four Trucking, Vaughn Contracting, Criner's Corner and Jefferson County Visitors Committee. A number of National and Racing Industry sponsors are making the event possible as well, including Speedway Motors, Rod End Supply, Budweiser, Eagle Motorsports Inc., Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Hepfner Racing Products, Spike Chassis and Shell Shock Helmet Painting. The Box Score… Qualifying: 1. 84-Chad Boat 11.105, 2. 39bc-Justin Grant 11.149, 3. 76m-Brady Bacon 11.155, 4. 67-Tanner Thorson 11.305, 5. 91T-Tyler Thomas 11.344, 6. 17w-Shane Golobic 11.432, 7. 21-Christopher Bell 11.457, 8.97-Spencer Bayston 11.475, 9. 7bc-Tyler Courtney 11.508, 10. 71-Ryan Robinson 11.528, 11. 67k-Holly Shelton 11.528, 12. 71k-Tanner Carrick 11.577, 13. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer 11.625, 14. 25-Jerry Coons, Jr. 11.633, 15. 11c-Chett Gehrke 11.647, 16. 1k-Brayton Lynch 11.817, 17. 69-Paul Babich 11.913, 18. 77-John Klabunde 11.948, 19. 98-Clinton Boyles 12.050, 20. 7-Troy Simpson 12.055, 21. 47-Tyler Nelson 12.056, 22. 7u-Joe B. Miller 12.085, 23. 10-Lance Bennett 12.221, 24. 91s-Jeff Stasa 12.126, 25. 20-Collin Rinehart 12.205, 26. 2-Bob Harr 12.214, 27. 85-Matt Johnson 12.254, 28. 11cw-Glenn Waterland 12.668, 29. 2g-Terry Goodwin 12.719, 30. 43-Ryan Oerter 12.759, 31. 48-Randy Oerter 13.116, 32. 16-Ashley Oerter 14.038, 33. 5J-Jeff Crook NT. Heat One (10 Laps): 1. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas, 3. 84-Chad Boat, 4. 7bc-Tyler Courtney, 5. 47-Tyler Nelson, 6. 69-Paul Babich, 7. 20-Collin Rinehart, 8. 2g-Terry Goodwin. DNS: 5J-Jeff Crook. Heat Two (10 Laps): 1. 25-Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. 17w-Shane Golobic, 3. 39bc-Justin Grant, 4. 71-Ryan Robinson, 5. 2-Bob Harr, 6. 77-John Klabunde, 7. 7u-Joe B. Miller, 8. 43-Ryan Oerter. Heat Three (10 Laps): 1.21-Christopher Bell, 2. 76m-Brady Bacon, 3. 67k-Holly Shelton, 4. 98-Clinton Boyles, 5. 11c-Chett Gehrke, 6. 85-Matt Johnson, 7. 48-Randy Oerter. DNS: 10-Lance Bennett. Heat Four (10 Laps): 1. 67-Tanner Thorson, 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 3. 71k-Tanner Carrick, 4. 1k-Brayton Lynch, 5. 91s-Jeff Stasa, 6. 7-Troy Simpson, 7. 11cw-Glenn Waterland, 8. 16-Ashley Oerter. “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 11c-Chett Gehrke, 2. 7u-Joe B. Miller, 3. 47-Tyler Nelson, 4. 69-Paul Babich, 5. 2-Bob Harr, 6. 91s-Jeff Stasa, 7. 77-John Klabunde, 8. 7-Troy Simpson, 9. 2g-Terry Goodwin, 10. 11cw-Glenn Waterland, 11. 48-Randy Oerter, 12. 20-Collin Rinehart, 13. 16-Ashley Oerter, 14. 85-Matt Johnson, 15. 43-Ryan Oerter. DNS: 10-Lance Bennett, 5J-Jeff Crook. “A” Feature (40 Laps): 1. 67-Tanner Thorson (3), 2. 76m-Brady Bacon (4), 3. 91T-Tyler Thomas (2), 4. 17w-Shane Golobic (1), 5. 21-Christopher Bell (7), 6. 97-Spencer Bayston (8), 7. 7bc-Tyler Courtney (9), 8. 25-Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 9. 71-Ryan Robinson (10), 10. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 11. 84-Chad Boat (6), 12. 67k-Holly Shelton (11), 13. 71k-Tanner Carrick (12), 14. 7u-Joe B. Miller (20), 15. 98-Clinton Boyles (18), 16. 1k-Brayton Lynch (16), 17. 11c-Chett Gehrke (15), 18. 69-Paul Babich (17), 19. 91s-Jeff Stasa (21), 20. 77-John Klabunde (22), 21. 47-Tyler Nelson (19), 22. 39bc-Justin Grant (5). Lap Leaders: Tyler Thomas 1-24, Tanner Thorson 25-30. The Wheatley Chronicles brings insight and highlights from all variety of racing series throughout the nation in 2017 and beyond along with the Open Wheel Power Rankings on a regular basis. Please send any comments, questions or advertising inquiries regarding The Wheatley Chronicles at www.sprintcarmania.com and www.midgetmadness.com to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  9. Bellm Back to Lake Ozark after Another Win Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (July 29, 2017) – Eldon, Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway has been good for Kyle Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team this season. So, little wonder that he’ll be back for Saturday night’s weekly competition atop the 1/3-mile clay oval. The Nixa, MO, racer racked up his fourth overall win of the year and third at Lake Ozark Speedway last Saturday night in ASCS Warrior Region action aboard the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision entry. It highlighted another strong weekend that included a runner-up finish the previous night in ASCS Red River Region action at Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway before Sunday’s ASCS Warrior Region go was cut short before it truly got going. Last weekend’s triple-header got under way at the cozy confines of Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, OK, with Bellm racing from fifth to second in his heat race aboard the Kannady Racing Engines/Heidbreder Foundation Service Machine to land in the redraw where he pulled the six pill for a third row outside starting position for the 25-lap feature. Bellm wasted little time working his way up to second by the time a red flag flew mid-way through the race and then pressured Seth Bergman for the lead the rest of the way. After several challenges, Bellm made one last run in the final pair of corners aboard the VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions machine but came up just short at the line as he settled for runner-up honors. “Maybe I could have been a little meaner,” Bellm said. “But I try to race everyone clean, I could have bonsaied in there and we both might have been wadded up. We’ll take second and go on to the next one.” The next one was Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night, a track that Bellm had piloted the Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care machine to victory lane in two of three previous visits. Saturday’s card would prove to be more of the same with Bellm climbing from ninth to fourth in heat race action to get in the redraw which landed him on the pole of the feature event. “We drew the highest number possible for the heat race and then the lowest number for the feature,” Bellm relates. “We were at both ends of the spectrum on that one.” Bellm took advantage of the pole starting position by racing to the $2,500 victory. “We probably weren’t quite as good as we have been there, but we were still pretty good,” Bellm says. The victory didn’t come without a tense moment or two. “The last corner of the last lap, I screwed up and almost spun it,” Bellm says. “We held on though, that place has been good to us so far.” The weekend wrapped up with Sunday’s $3,000-to-win ASCS Warrior Region card at California, Missouri’s Double X Speedway with a third-place heat race finish aboard the Schaeffer Oil/Prater Designs/The Engine Heater machine putting Bellm tenth in the feature starting grid. “I didn’t get a good start in the heat and it cost us some positions,” Bellm recalls. The feature literally ended before it got started for Bellm with the No. 14k Sprint Car collected in a multi-car scrum as the green flag flew. “I took off and all I saw was carnage in front of me,” Bellm says. “Someone ran over us in the mess and knocked the front end down. It’s just short track racing, it happens that way sometimes.” While the Sunday finale didn’t go as planned, it was a weekend that included another pair of podium finishes including the team’s fourth feature win of the year. Bellm looks to run that win total to five on Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway. 2017 Quick Stats: 24 races, 4 wins, 11 top-fives, 11 top-tens. Up Next: Saturday night (July 29) at Eldon, Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway. Keep Track: Keep track of Kyle Bellm’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.kylebellm.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KyleBellmRacing?fref=ts or on Twitter at @kylebellmracing. If you would like Kyle Bellm Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley 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.
  10. Blurton Bags DCRP Driver Appreciation Night Win; Petersilie, Kenny, Munoz & Sellard Score as Well by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 28, 2017) – Zach Blurton outlasted reigning track champion Taylor Velasquez to post his first Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car feature win of the year before a crowd in excess of 5,000 people to cap off Friday night’s Driver Appreciation Night at the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. While Blurton finally took command on the 15th of 20 rounds after a handful of lead changes, Mike Petersilie broke a DCRP victory drought by taking IMCA Modified honors, Brandon Kenny scored the IMCA Sport Modified win, Angel Munoz notched his fifth IMCA Stock Car win of the season and Reagan Sellard landed his second IMCA Hobby Stock triumph. In the 20-lap Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car feature, Jetmore native Zach Blurton took the lead for the third and final time on the 15th lap en route to landing the Midwest Ag Professionals/Wheat State Roofing No. 2J entry in entry lane. “That was an awesome race,” Blurton proclaimed to the massive crowd. “The top was slowing down a little and the bottom was starting to take a little rubber here and there, we were able to find it a couple of times coming off four and some in two.” While Blurton started the feature inside row two, Velasquez gunned into the lead at the outset from the second row outside in his bid for a second consecutive win. Blurton was on the march though, surging past Ray Seemann for second on the third round and then closing in to challenge for the point. With Velasquez ripping the topside and Blurton catfishing the bottom, the latter got a run off of turn four to edge ahead on the eight circuit. Velasquez battled right back out front in the next pair of corners only to surrender the point again a lap later. Traffic worked to Velasquez’ advantage to regain the lead on the 12th round, with him moving the No. 21x to the bottom to protect the lead. But, when he slipped off the bottom exiting turn two on the 15th round, Blurton was there to take quick advantage by shooting back out front as Koby Walters made an effort to join in on the lead mix. Approaching a gaggle of lapped cars in the final circuits with the top three in close contact, one of those lapped cars (Cody Lampe) slapped the turn two wall directly in front of the leaders to bring out the race’s only caution with three laps to go. With clear track ahead, Blurton raced on to the stripe unabated with Walters taking advantage of another Velasquez slip off the bottom of turn two on the restart to claim runner-up honors. Velasquez settled for third with Seemann and Keefe Hemel rounding out the top five. In the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature, 2007 track champ Mike Petersilie raced around Randy Wilson for the lead on the seventh lap en route to his first DCRP win in several years. “We were overdue to get one here,” the Hoisington racer said afterward. While Wilson gunned into the lead at the drop flag from sixth, Petersilie needed just one lap to move his No. 25p into second from the eighth starting position. Petersilie reeled Wilson in before racing by for the lead on the seventh round. Tenth-starter Clay Sellard and 12th-starter Brendon Gemmill followed suit soon after and tried to chase down the win with Sellard closing Petersilie’s rear bumper and trying to challenge, but to no avail. Petersilie slipped away to take the checkered flag by a handful of car-lengths with Sellard and Gemmill filling out the podium. Wilson was fourth after leading early while Jesse Smith batted into fifth in the closing circuits. Brandon Kenny became the fourth different leader of the 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified feature with a handful of laps to go and then held off fellow Woodward, OK, shoe Jeff Kaup to post the win in his first DCRP visit of the year. While Kenny worked forward from the ninth starting position, Bart Baker paced the opening four rounds before an incident handed the lead over to current points leader Kaup. Kaup had his hands full though with the duo of Robert Elliott and Kenny pressuring to take command. Elliott powered into the lead on 11th round before Kenny surged to the front on the 15th lap with Elliott retiring to the pits under a caution period with five laps to go. Kenny fought off Kaup over the remaining handful of laps to secure the win with Dustin Donley taking advantage of a Kaleb Roach spin in the final corner to nab the third spot behind the lead duo. Jeremy Sigler crossed the stripe in fourth with Jarett Lunow rounding out the top five. In an evenly-matched 15-lap IMCA Stock Car feature, Lamar, Colorado’s Angel Munoz denied Tyler Tipton’s bid for two in a row by taking his fifth DCRP triumph of the season. With Tipton gridding the field sixth and Munoz in seventh, it was Munoz winning the race through traffic to get to second behind early leader Chris Oliver. Munoz charged into the lead on the third round with Tipton right on his heels in pursuit of the lead. The duo battled for the lead the rest of the way, with Tipton pulling alongside on several occasions. Munoz was unflappable however, putting together 15 flawless circuits to take the win ahead of Tipton with Ondre Rexford, Cole Traugott and Ron Hartman rounding out the top five. Bucklin’s Reagan Sellard rounded out the night’s feature winners by fending off Matt O’Hair for his second 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock victory of the year. While Sellard and O’Hair worked forward from their row three starting positions, Brett Copeland led in the early going as he made a run at two wins in a row. Sellard and O’Hair closed in though, with both slipping by on the eighth round to move into first and second, respectively. O’Hair pressured Sellard the rest of the way, but Sellard was up to the task. Sellard took the checkered flag ahead of O’Hair with Tathan Burkhart a close third. Duane Wahrman rebounded from an early incident to salvage a fourth-place finish with Bryan Habiger rounding out the top five. In the giveaways, IMCA Hobby Stock shoe Duane Wahrman won the grand prize Hinchman Racing suit while IMCA Modified racer Jesse Smith picked up a $250 bonus in the drawing among the six drivers that had the most tickets turned in at the front gate. The other five drivers each picked up $100 including Danny Schulte (IMCA Hobby Stocks), Jacob Huse (IMCA Hobby Stocks), Joey Maupin (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Kevin Tabor (IMCA Sport Modifieds) and Tanner Brunson (IMCA Sport Modifieds). All 93 drivers on hand walked away with something in hand courtesy of Precise Racing Products, BMI, Pistons Auto/Diesel Repair, A&J Trucking, Quint Transportation, Carquest and more. Action resumes at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, August 19, with the Fourth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem that features IMCA Sport Modifieds along with Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Dodge City Raceway Park – Driver Appreciation Night - July 28, 2017 Results: Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton, 2. 11-Keefe Hemel, 3. 72-Ray Seemann, 4. 97-Brian Herbert, 5. 49-Kris Moore, 6. 1x-Cody Lampe, 7. 8J-Brandy Jones, 8. 18-Brandon Sprott. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 11k-Tyler Knight, 3. 10-Jordan Knight, 4. 33-Koby Walters, 5. 51r-Ross Essenberg, 6. 17x-Craig Jecha, 7. 49x-Luke Cranston. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton, 2. 33-Koby Walters, 3. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 4. 72-Ray Seemann, 5. 11-Keefe Hemel, 6. 10-Jordan Knight, 7. 97-Brian Herbert, 8. 49-Kris Moore, 9. 11k-Tyler Knight, 10. 8J-Brandy Jones, 11. 51r-Ross Essenberg, 12. 17x-Craig Jecha, 13. 18-Brandon Sprott, 14. 1x-Cody Lampe. DNS: 49x-Luke Cranston. IMCA Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. K98-Danny Keller, 2. 7s-David Solberg, 3. 01-Jesse Smith, 4. 26-Tom Beavers, 5. 16-Kevin Gray, 6. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 7. 3h-Ryan Heger, 8. 40d-Steve Dent. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 2. 1n-Nick Link, 3. 2L-Tracy Link, 4. 721-Brendon Gemmill, 5. 57-Joel Lane, 6. 22T-Trent Gray, 7. 25-Kale Beavers, 8. 27-Grant Florence. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 9-Cole Traugott, 2. A2-Randy Wilson, 3. 85c-Clay Sellard, 4. 22k-Brad Keller, 5. 44-Mike Lunow, 6. 75-Randle McRoberts, 7. 8r-Jesse Richter, 8. 36-Travis Simmons. “B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 16-Kevin Gray, 2. 57-Joel Lane, 3. 44-Mike Lunow, 4. 3h-Ryan Heger, 5. 22T-Trent Gray, 6. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 7. 8r-Jesse Richter, 8. 75-Randle McRoberts, 9. 36-Travis Simmons, 10. 25-Kale Beavers. DNS: 40d-Steve Dent, 27-Grant Florence. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 2. 85c-Clay Sellard, 3. 721-Brendon Gemmill, 4. A2-Randy Wilson, 5. 01-Jesse Smith, 6. 26-Tom Beavers, 7. K98-Danny Keller, 8. 1n-Nick Link, 9. 7s-David Solberg, 10. 3h-Ryan Heger, 11. 44-Mike Lunow, 12. 16-Kevin Gray, 13. 57-Joel Lane, 14. 8r-Jesse Richter, 15. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 16. 75-Randle McRoberts, 17. 22T-Trent Gray, 18. 9-Cole Traugott, 19. 2L-Tracy Link, 20. 22k-Brad Keller. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 09-Robert Elliott, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. 81T-Tristen Barton, 4. 81-Troy Bynum, 5. 09b-Brock Berry, 6. 18-Kyle Wiens, 7. 8-Brian May, 8. 65-Kohl Ricke, 9. 57-Tanner Brunson. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 16-Dustin Donley, 2. 33r-Mike Roach, 3. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 4. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 5. 22r-Dan Rogers, 6. 62-Marvin Ward, 7. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 8. 21m-Joey Maupin. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 21b-Brandon Kenny, 2. 37-Bart Baker, 3. 10-Alex Wiens, 4. 7-Jarett Lunow, 5. 12-Kevin Tabor, 6. 09x-Brett Barry, 7. 3-Garrett Donley, 8. 33s-Slade Roach. “B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 09x-Brett Barry, 2. 18-Kyle Wiens, 3. 33s-Slade Roach, 4. 12-Kevin Tabor, 5. 8-Brian May, 6. 21m-Joey Maupin, 7. 65-Kohl Ricke, 8. 22r-Dan Rogers, 9. 62-Marvin Ward, 10. 3-Garrett Donley, 11. 09b-Brock Berry, 12. 57-Tanner Brunson. DNS: 3s-Adam Stenzel. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 21b-Brandon Kenny, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. 16-Dustin Donley, 4. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 5. 7-Jarett Lunow, 6. 8-Brian May, 7. 10-Alex Wiens, 8. 18-Kyle Wiens, 9. 09x-Brett Barry, 10. 21m-Joey Maupin, 11. 22r-Dan Rogers, 12. 81T-Tristen Barton, 13. 65-Kohl Ricke, 14. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 15. 09-Robert Elliott, 16. 33s-Slade Roach, 17. 33r-Mike Roach, 18. 37-Bart Baker, 19. 12-Kevin Tabor, 20. 81-Troy Bynum (DQ). IMCA Stock Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 95-Tyler Tipton, 2. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 3. 3-Chris Oliver, 4. 5-Matthew Smith, 5. 181-Kevin Wagoner, 6. 52c-Cole Traugott, 7. 55-Robbie Perkins. DNS: 14-Brandon Fisher. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 3. 55h-Ron Hartman, 4. 89-Gregg Schell, 5. 33-Marlin Hogie, 6. 95x-Mark Smith, 7. 3k-Michael Smith. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 95-Tyler Tipton, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 52c-Cole Traugott, 5. 55h-Ron Hartman, 6. 14-Brandon Fisher, 7. 5-Matthew Smith, 8. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 9. 95x-Mark Smith, 10. 89-Gregg Schell, 11. 181-Kevin Wagoner, 12. 55-Robbie Perkins, 13. 3k-Michael Smith, 14. 3-Chris Oliver, 15. 33-Marlin Hogie. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 2. 55-Jacob Huse, 3. 20-Tyler Walker, 4. 007-Bryan Habiger, 5. 54w-Shawn Weigel, 6. 69-Danny Schulte, 7. 7-Tom Reed. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 19-Brett Copeland, 2. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 3. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 4. 250-Tathan Burkhart, 5. 99-Gerald Walker, 6. 22-Donald Kaup, 7. 5-Aaron Maxwell. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 2. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 3. 250-Tathan Burkhart, 4. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 5. 007-Bryan Habiger, 6. 20-Tyler Walker, 7. 19-Brett Copeland, 8. 69-Danny Schulte, 9. 54w-Shawn Weigel, 10. 22-Donald Kaup, 11. 99-Gerald Walker, 12. 55-Jacob Huse, 13. 5-Aaron Maxwell. DNS: 7-Tom Reed.
  11. Weekend Triple for Reutzel after a Pair of Knoxville Top Tens by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (July 28, 2017) – A big weekend is on tap for Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team after a pair of charges through the field at Knoxville Raceway last Saturday night. Reutzel raced forward through the field to post top ten finishes in both the 410-ci and 360-ci Sprint Car features at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night in preparations for the upcoming Knoxville 360 Nationals and Knoxville Nationals. More Knoxville Raceway action is in store for this weekend with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour taking to the ½-mile clay oval in Iowa on Saturday night. It will follow 410-ci Sprint Car action at Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex on Friday night with more ASCS competition at Iowa’s Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday rounding out the weekend. The theme of the night for Reutzel at Knoxville last Saturday was similar in both divisions. “I ruined both our laps in qualifying in both cars, I messed up coming off four and it killed both laps,” Reutzel says. “In the 360, I jumped the cushion coming off four and got sideways and then in the 410 I drove up on the berm in then got in the grease.” Reutzel overcame the qualifying miscues to put together a solid night, racing to ninth in the 360-ci feature and then tenth in the 410-ci feature aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. After winning his 360-ci heat race, Reutzel gridded the feature midpack and was sitting seventh just two laps into the main event. “I drove in deep on (Sawyer) Phillips, I tried to drag brake and jammed the breaks too much and spun myself,” Reutzel recalls. Mired deep in the field, Reutzel rallied back through the field to post a ninth-place finish aboard the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine. “We had good speed, we were able to go wherever they weren’t,” Reutzel says. “We were good all over.” The 410-ci Sprint Car feature was more of the same with Reutzel rallying from the 19th starting position to round out the top ten in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance entry. “We were good, the car was what we needed it to be,” Reutzel comments. “I just can’t put myself in a hole like that in qualifying.” A three night weekend of action gets under way at Jackson, MN, on Friday before a pair of big Nationals weekend in Knoxville, IA. 2017 Quick Stats: 48 races, 5 wins, 18 top-fives, 27 top-tens. Up Next: 410-ci Sprint Cars at Jackson (MN) Motorplex on Friday then Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Knoxville (IA) Raceway on Saturday and Mason City (IA) Motor Speedway on Sunday. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel- acing/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. 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.
  12. DCRP Title Chases into the Home Stretch Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 27, 2017) – The month of July’s racing festivities at Dodge City Raceway Park come to a wrap in grand style with Friday night’s “Driver Appreciation Night” at the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas. While an expected large crowd will get to watch their favorite drivers walk away with all variety of prizes including the grand prize Hinchman Racing Suit along with additional prizes supplied by Precise Racing Products, BMI, Pistons Auto/Diesel Repair, A&J Trucking, Quint Transportation, Carquest and more, there is still some business to be taken care of. The business of chasing down those valuable track championship points will keep the crowd on the edge of their seats as the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks all battling it out. Taylor Velasquez, Clay Sellard, Jeff Kaup, Angel Munoz and Duane Wahrman lead the way into the night in their respective classes with battles for position among the top ten in each division numerous as only two more nights of championship chase action remain after Friday’s card. Friday’s racing action goes green at 7:30 p.m. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Defending track champ Taylor Velasquez broke into victory lane for the first time this season the last time out on July 15 to extend his points lead to 32 markers over Tyler Knight. Velasquez’ triumph made him the sixth different winner in the last six DCRP Sprint Car features. Feature Winners: Ty Williams 2, Jake Bubak 1, Tyler Knight 1, Jake Martens 1, Kevin Ramey 1, Taylor Velasquez 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Taylor Velasquez (Turpin, OK) 983, 2. Tyler Knight (Wright, KS) 951, 3. Kris Moore (Dodge City, KS) 878, 4. Jordan Knight (Wright, KS) 856, 5. Brandy Jones (Dodge City, KS) 811, 6. Ross Essenberg (Wichita, KS) 802, 7. Brandon Sprott (Dodge City, KS) 754, 8. Ty Williams (Arcadia, OK) 696, 9. Brian Herbert (Dodge City, KS) 654, 10. Lance Davis 597. IMCA Modifieds: Looking to add an IMCA Modified title to a past IMCA Sport Mod track championship, Clay Sellard has opened up a 73-point edge over reigning track champ Nick Link with a mere seven points separating the four drivers (Mike Lunow, Kale Beavers, Randy Wilson and Kevin Gray) in the battle for third. Beavers’ win on July 15 made him the sixth different driver to post an IMCA Modified win in the last six events. Feature Winners: Cole Traugott 2, Kale Beavers 1, Tracy Link 1, William Nusser 1, Randle McRoberts 1, Clay Sellard 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 919, 2. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 846, 3. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 830, 4. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 827, 5. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 825, 6. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 823, 7. Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 795, 8. (tie) Tracy Link (Rolla, KS) and Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 748, 10. Tom Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 737. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Jeff Kaup is one position shy of perfection thus far with a runner-up finish on May 6 the only blemish on his record that includes four wins in five events. Kaup has stretched out a 116 point lead as he tries for a third track title in four years with just seven points separating the trio of Kyle Wiens, Brian May and Alex Wiens in the battle for second. Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 4, Dakota Sproul 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 745, 2. Kyle Wiens (Newton, KS) 629, 3. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 623, 4. Alex Wiens (Newton, KS) 622, 5. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 601, 6. Joey Maupin (Dodge City, KS) 591, 7. Kohl Ricke (Spearville, KS) 584, 8. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 541, 9. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 497, 10. Tanner Brunson (Dodge City, KS) 484. IMCA Stock Cars: Four wins in six features along with a pair of runner-up finishes has Angel Munoz out to a 126-point lead over Ondre Rexford. The Stock Cars have only the September 16 Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event remaining after Friday’s card as they get the night off during the August 19 Sport Modified Mayhem event. Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 4, Michael Pepper 1, Tyler Tipton 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Angel Munoz (Lamar, CO) 890, 2. Ondre Rexford (Parts Unknown) 764, 3. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 736, 4. Travis Baird (Chester, OK) 657, 5. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 641, 6. Gregg Schell (Cheney, KS) 519, 7. Jack Pepper (Lakin, KS) 511, 8. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 508, 9. Chris Oliver (Holcomb, KS) 414, 10. Shannon Maughlin 355. IMCA Hobby Stocks: The tightest battle for championship honors is in the Hobby Stocks with Duane Wahrman just eight points ahead of Reagan Sellard. Wahrman is the only repeat winner thus far through the initial five events of the season. Feature Winners: Duane Wahrman 2, Brett Copeland 1, Matt O’Hair 1, Reagan Sellard 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Duane Wahrman (Pratt, KS) 727, 2. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 719, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 683, 4. Tyler Walker (Dighton, KS) 675, 5. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 662, 6. Gerald Walker (Dighton, KS) 618, 7. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 549, 8. Danny Schulte 509, 9. Jacob Huse 479, 10. Norman Rogers 440. While a large number of free tickets to Friday’s card will be distributed by drivers, additional tickets to the “Driver Appreciation” night event will be available at the gate for just $15 for adults with children eleven and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park consists of 14 total nights of racing action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series for the “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 27-18. 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 check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  13. Lawn Seating Available for Friday’s DCRP Driver Appreciation Night Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 26, 2017) – All of southwest Kansas and beyond is abuzz about this Friday night’s “Driver Appreciation Night” event at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. With drivers doling out tickets to the event to enhance their chances at landing the bigger prizes that will be awarded during the evening, a capacity crowd is expected to fill the grandstands and possibly then some. To accommodate the crowd, the grassy area to the north of the grandstand seating area will be available to use for lawn chair seating on Friday night. Fans are encourage to arrive early to ensure a good seat in the grandstands or to bring a lawn chair to set up a comfortable vantage point to take in the night’s racing action that includes the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Friday’s racing action will get under way at 7:30 p.m. Competitors at Dodge City Raceway Park have been distributing tickets to family, friends and sponsors for Friday’s racing action since the track’s last event on July 15. Tickets that are returned to the front gate on Friday night will make those drivers eligible for all variety of product prizes including the grand prize Hinchman Racing Suit along with additional prizes supplied by Precise Racing Products, BMI, Pistons Auto/Diesel Repair, A&J Trucking, Quint Transportation, Carquest and more that will be drawn for. Only drivers that have competed in at least 80% of this year’s DCRP events will be eligible for the grand prize while all drivers on hand will walk away with something in hand. Additionally, the six drivers that have the most tickets turned in at the front gate by 8:15 p.m. will be eligible for a special bonus as well. Again, drivers must have competed in 80% of this year’s events to be eligible for the special bonus. Leading the way into Friday’s tilt atop the 3/8-mile clay oval are Taylor Velasquez, Clay Sellard, Jeff Kaup, Angel Munoz and Duane Wahrman. After picking off his first Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car win of the year, Velasquez holds a 32-point edge over Tyler Knight while past Sport Mod track champ Sellard has a 73-point advantage over defending track champ Nick Link in the IMCA Modified title chase. Kaup is gunning for a third IMCA Sport Modified track title with a 116-point lead over Kyle Wines, Munoz has a healthy 126-point margin over Ondre Rexford in the IMCA Stock Car title chase and Wahrman is a mere eight points ahead of Reagan Sellard in the IMCA Hobby Stock battle. Just two more nights of championship chase action remain after Friday’s “Driver Appreciation Night” including the Fourth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem event on August 19 and the Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on September 16 before putting the wraps on the 2017 season with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on October 27-28. While a large number of free tickets to Friday’s card will be distributed by drivers, additional tickets to the “Driver Appreciation” night event will be available at the gate for just $15 for adults with children eleven and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. 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 check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  14. Christopher Bell to Vie for USAC Midget “Tuesday Night Thunder” Honors Lonnie Wheatley, FAIRBURY, Neb. (July 26, 2017) – It’s less than one week away and the anticipation continues to build for some USAC Midget “Tuesday Night Thunder” at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway. Even NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship contender Christopher Bell is ready to go play in the dirt during next week’s “Riverside Chevrolet Tuesday Night Thunder at Jefferson County Speedway presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation” on Tuesday night, August 1. The Norman, OK, native has made good use of a limited number of dirt track starts in 2017 by racking up a half-dozen Midget wins, including the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, along with another three Sprint Car wins. Bell will join the powerful Keith Kunz stable for “Tuesday Night Thunder”. The multi-car assault on the 1/5-mile Jefferson County Speedway clay oval also includes reigning series champion Tanner Thorson and current USAC Midget points leader Spencer Bayston. It bolsters a loaded field that already includes defending “Tuesday Night Thunder” champion Chad Boat, reigning USAC Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon, and the Clauson-Marshall Racing trio of Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic and Justin Grant among others. Rounding out the Tuesday night card in Fairbury, NE, will be the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint Cars. Nebraska’s Frank Galusha topped last year’s JayHusker portion of “Tuesday Night Thunder”. The second edition of “Tuesday Night Thunder” at Jefferson County Speedway includes an added 500 seats to accommodate the large crowd that will also be treated to an autograph session at 5:20 p.m. with all the drivers along with cold beer, fireworks and a flyover to further enhance the intense racing action atop the cozy confines of the Jefferson County Speedway clay. It will be yet another fast-paced event that fans are sure to enjoy in the fairgrounds atmosphere with the covered grandstands, with contingency awards for every entrant including the Side Trek Bar and Grill $500 Hard Charger Award for the Midgets and Eagle Motorsports Inc. $100 Hard Charger Award for the JayHusker Non-Wing Micros. Plenty of tasty food options will be available as well with the Totally Smoked BBQ and Side Trek Bar & Grill vendors on hand. General admission tickets to the event are just $20 for adults with children ten and under just $5, with the first 100 through the gates receiving a free Budweiser koozie. Qualifying will begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing action to follow at 7:30 p.m. Along with title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other local sponsors that are making “Tuesday Night Thunder” possible include Chappell Roofing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Starr Plumbing, X-CEL NDT, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Ol' Red 99.5, Pollman Appliance, Z-Four Trucking, Vaughn Contracting, Criner's Corner and Jefferson County Visitors Committee. A number of National and Racing Industry sponsors are making the event possible as well, including Speedway Motors, Rod End Supply, Budweiser, Eagle Motorsports Inc., Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Hepfner Racing Products, Spike Chassis and Shell Shock Helmet Painting. More information regarding the event is available at http://www.tuesdaynightthunder.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuesdayNightThunder/.
  15. Friday Night “Driver Appreciation” Special Event at DCRP! Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 24, 2017) – A shift to Friday night racing is in store for southwest Kansas this weekend with Dodge City Raceway Park hosting the popular “Driver Appreciation Night” event that features a full card of championship chase racing action. And this year’s edition features a new twist with a $500 bonus up for grabs for one of the six drivers that has the most tickets redeemed at the front gate. This Friday’s action that features Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks will fire off at 7:30 p.m. A packed grandstand should be expected with all drivers awarded a number of tickets to distribute to family, friends and sponsors for Friday’s racing action. Tickets that are returned to the front gate on Friday night will make those drivers eligible for all variety of product prizes including the grand prize Hinchman Racing Suit along with additional prizes supplied by Precise Racing Products, BMI, Pistons Auto/Diesel Repair, A&J Trucking, Quint Transportation, Carquest and more that will be drawn for. Only drivers that have competed in at least 80% of this year’s DCRP events will be eligible for the grand prize while all drivers on hand will walk away with something in hand. Additionally, the six drivers that have the most tickets turned in at the front gate by 8:15 p.m. will be eligible for a cash drawing of $500. Again, drivers must have competed in 80% of this year’s events to be eligible for the cash drawing. Leading the way into Friday’s tilt atop the 3/8-mile clay oval are Taylor Velasquez, Clay Sellard, Jeff Kaup, Angel Munoz and Duane Wahrman. After picking off his first Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car win of the year, Velasquez holds a 32-point edge over Tyler Knight while past Sport Mod track champ Sellard has a 73-point advantage over defending track champ Nick Link in the IMCA Modified title chase. Kaup is gunning for a third IMCA Sport Modified track title with a 116-point lead over Kyle Wines, Munoz has a healthy 126-point margin over Ondre Rexford in the IMCA Stock Car title chase and Wahrman is a mere eight points ahead of Reagan Sellard in the IMCA Hobby Stock battle. Just two more nights of championship chase action remain after Friday’s “Driver Appreciation Night” including the Fourth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem event on August 19 and the Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on September 16 before putting the wraps on the 2017 season with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on October 27-28. While a large number of free tickets to Friday’s card will be distributed by drivers, additional tickets to the “Driver Appreciation” night event will be available at the gate for just $15 for adults with children eleven and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. 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 check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  16. Kaup Keeps Winning as Velasquez, Beavers, Tipton & Copeland Snare DCRP Wins! Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 15, 2017) – While Jeff Kaup continued his winning ways at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, the other four Lewis Automotive Night winners atop the 3/8-mile clay oval each earned their first DCRP wins of the year as Taylor Velasquez, Kale Beavers, Tyler Tipton and Brett Copeland reached victory lane. Defending track champ Velasquez scored his first Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car win of the year, Beavers bagged his first career DCRP win in IMCA Modifieds, Tipton stopped Angel Munoz in the IMCA Stock Car ranks and Copeland ended a victory drought by taking IMCA Hobby Stock honors while Kaup landed his fourth IMCA Sport Modified win of the season in five tries. In the DCRP Sprint Car feature, Turpin, Oklahoma’s Velasquez gunned into the lead at the outset and led a three-car breakaway along with Tyler Knight and Luke Cranston en route to his first win of the year aboard the Fronk Oil Co./Bearcat Well Service No. 21x Maxim. “We’ve had some tough luck and let some get away this year, it’s good to finally get a win,” Velasquez said in victory lane. Knight chased Velasquez early in the going before Cranston battled past to take second on the fifth round. Cranston kept Velasquez within striking distance for half the race before Velasquez gradually slipped away to a half straightaway lead by the time the checkered flag flew. Cranston and Knight filled out the podium with Kris Moore and Brandy Jones also in the top five. Pierceville’s Kale Beavers broke through to take his first 20-lap IMCA Modified feature win after taking command by the midway point. After starting fifth, Beavers chased down early pacesetter Trent Gray for the point on the ninth round and then held off a closing Jesse Richter in the closing circuits to secure the win. Richter, who raced into second on the 12th round, chased Beavers to the stripe with Kevin Gray racing into the show position. Trent Gray was fourth with Randy Wilson rounding out the top five. Woodward, Oklahoma’s Jeff Kaup ranked as the only repeat winner of the night by snaring his fourth IMCA Sport Modified win of the season with a late move into the lead. While Kaup worked forward from ninth, Toby Witthuhn jumped into the lead from the pole position and checked out from the field in the early rounds. Kaup needed just six circuits to work his way up to second and then began chipping away at Witthuhn’s advantage. Kaup reached Witthuhn with a handful of rounds remaining in the 20-lapper and then battled into the lead on the 17th circuit, moments before the lone caution of the race. Kaup took off on the restart to preserve the win with Kevin Tabor slipping under Witthuhn on the restart to snare second. Brian May moved into third with Witthuhn and Joey Maupin rounding out the top five. In the IMCA Stock Car ranks, Weskan’s Tyler Tipton cooled off Angel Munoz’ hot hand by rallying into the lead on the tenth round en route to his first DCRP victory since the 2016 season opener. With Tipton gridding the field ninth, Munoz needed just three laps to race through the field from eighth and take the lead away from Ondre Rexford. Rexford kept the heat on Munoz for several laps before Tipton worked by for second on the eighth round. Just two circuits later, Tipton reeled Munoz in and battled past for the lead. Tipton sailed on to the stripe from there ahead of Munoz, Rexford, Travis Baird and Shannon Maughlin. Rounding out the night of four first-time DCRP winners on the season, Fowler’s Brett Copeland broke into the early IMCA Hobby Stock feature lead and then fought off some top contenders to snap a DCRP victory drought numbering a handful of years or so. Copeland rallied past Chad Kelley on the second round and set sail until Matt O’Hair worked his way into second on the fifth round of the 15-lapper. O’Hair closed the gap and was challenging for the point with Copeland surviving some contact that set up a two-lap dash to the stripe as O’Hair restarted at the tail. Reagan Sellard and Duane Wahrman both tried to battle past Copeland in the final pair of laps, but to no avail as Copeland held on for the win ahead of Wahrman and Sellard with Tyler Walker and Kelley rounding out the top five. Action resumes at Dodge City Raceway Park on Friday night, July 29, with Driver Appreciation Night featuring the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Dodge City Raceway Park – Lewis Automotive Night July 15, 2017 Results: Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 11k-Tyler Knight, 2. 8J-Brandy Jones, 3. 49-Kris Moore, 4. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 5. 49x-Luke Cranston, 6. 10-Jordan Knight, 7. 18-Brandon Sprott, 8. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 9. 8-Justin Pack. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 49x-Luke Cranston, 3. 11k-Tyler Knight, 4. 49-Kris Moore, 5. 8J-Brandy Jones, 6. 10-Jordan Knight, 7. 18-Brandon Sprott, 8. 51r-Ross Essenburg. DNS: 8-Justin Pack. IMCA Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 22T-Trent Gray, 2. 26-Tom Beavers, 3. 57-Joel Lane, 4. 8r-Jesse Richter, 5. 1n-Nick Link, 6. 22k-Brad Keller, 7. 40d-Steve Dent. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 2. 01-Jesse Smith, 3. A2-Randy Wilson, 4. 7s-David Solberg, 5. 3h-Ryan Heger. DNS: k98-Danny Keller. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 36-Travis Simmons, 2. 2L-Tracy Link, 3. 16-Kevin Gray, 4. 25-Kale Beavers, 5. 44-Mike Lunow, 6. 85c-Clay Sellard. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 25-Kale Beavers, 2. 8r-Jesse Richter, 3. 16-Kevin Gray, 4. 22T-Trent Gray, 5. A2-Randy Wilson, 6. 85c-Clay Sellard, 7. 57-Joel Lane, 8. 01-Jesse Smith, 9. 1n-Nick Link, 10. 36-Travis Simmons, 11. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 12. 7s-David Solberg, 13. 22k-Brad Keller, 14. K98-Danny Keller, 15. 2L-Tracy Link, 16. 26-Tom Beavers, 17. 3h-Ryan Heger, 18. 44-Mike Lunow. DNS: 40d-Steve Dent. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 2. 8-Brian May, 3. 10-Alex Wiens, 4. 3-Garrett Donley, 5. 83x-Mike Shenberger, 6. 21m-Joey Maupin, 7. 18-Kyle Wiens, 8. 7-Jarett Lunow, 9. 67-Edwin Elliott. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 37-BartBaker, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. 12-Kevin Tabor, 4. 57-Tanner Brunson, 5. 65-Kohl Ricke, 6. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 7. 81T-Tristan Barton, 8. 62-Marvin Ward. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 12-Kevin Tabor, 3. 8-Brian May, 4. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 5. 21m-Joey Maupin, 6. 57-Tanner Brunson, 7. 18-Kyle Wiens, 8. 83x-Mike Shenberger, 9. 7-Jarett Lunow, 10. 3-Garrett Donley, 11. 67-Edwin Elliott, 12. 62-Marvin Ward, 13. 65-Kohl Ricke, 14. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 15. 81T-Tristan Barton, 16. 10-Alex Wiens, 17. 37-Bart Baker. IMCA Stock Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 2. 2m-Angel Munoz, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 5. 52T-Travis Baird, 6. 14-Justin Lewis, 7. 47-Landon Maddox. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 95-Tyler Tipton, 2. 3-Chris Oliver, 3. 89-Gregg Schell, 4. 09-Paul Taylor, 5. 33-Marlin Hogie, 6. 22-Michael Pepper, 7. 55-Robbie Perkins. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 95-Tyler Tipton, 2. 2m-Angel Munoz, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 52T-Travis Baird, 5. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 6. 89-Gregg Schell, 7. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 8. 47-Landon Maddox, 9. 09-Paul Taylor, 10. 33-Marlin Hogie, 11. 14-Justin Lewis, 12. 55-Robbie Perkins. DNS: 3-Chris Oliver, 22-Michael Pepper. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 2. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 3. 99-Gerald Walker, 4. 57-Chad Kelley, 5. 22-Donald Kaup, 6. 69-Danny Schulte. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 19-Brett Copeland, 2. 1c-Cody Ghumm, 3. 20-Tyler Walker, 4. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 5. 7-Tom Reed. DNS: 55-Jacob Huse. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 19-Brett Copeland, 2. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 3. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 4. 20-Tyler Walker, 5. 57-Chad Kelley, 6. 1c-Cody Ghumm, 7. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 8. 99-Gerald Walker, 9. 55-Jacob Huse, 10. 22-Donald Kaup, 11. 7-Tom Reed, 12. 69-Danny Schulte.
  17. Reutzel to the Black Hills after Strong Grizzly Finishes Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (July 14, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel keeps grinding away in the Lucas Oil ASCS National championship points chase, posting another pair of top five finishes in last weekend’s Grizzly Nationals at Belgrade, Montana’s Gallatin Speedway to close to within 50 points of the lead in the $60,000 title chase. After finishes of third and fourth at Gallatin Speedway, action resumes for Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team with a weekend double at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD, on Friday and Saturday. “It wasn’t too bad,” Reutzel said of last weekend’s Montana outing. It began with a run from fourth to second in Friday night heat race action to land in the redraw. “The redraw was important, you really needed to be in the first couple of rows to have a chance to get the lead before the rubber laid down,” Reutzel explained. Instead, Reutzel drew the eight pill, putting the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine outside the fourth row in the starting grid. “I knew I had to be on the gas the first couple of laps to get as close to the leaders as I could,” Reutzel explains. “By the second lap I was running fifth, then the rubber really laid down.” Gaining those three positions at the outset proved beneficial, with Reutzel then capitalizing on opportunities to climb to third by the end of the race. “Skylar Gee got together with a lapped car to move us up to fourth and then Seth (Bergman) blew a tire on the last lap to get us to third,” Reutzel said of the drive that locked the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited entry into Saturday’s Grizzly Nationals finale. The redraw worked to Reutzel’s advantage with the driver of the No. 87 Sprint Car landing the pole position. Some last minute track work mixed things up this time though. “They re-watered the track right before the feature,” Reutzel says. “We really had to chase the track around early, it changed every lap.” By the fourth lap, some rubber began to appear on the surface. “I started protecting in the rubber, but the top was still a little faster where it was still wet,” Reutzel says. “It took about ten laps before the rubber got fast.” Before then, Gio Scelzi raced by on the high side. “I went up there, and then Wayne (Johnson) slid me,” Reutzel relates. “I slid back a little early and just never could recover.” Reutzel still made another strong night of it, finishing fourth in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine. Now, Reutzel and crew are ready for Rapid City, South Dakota’s Black Hills Speedway. In four Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour features at Black Hills Speedway over the last three years, Reutzel has finished no worse than fourth. “We have always been fast there, we just haven’t got the win yet,” Reutzel says. Reutzel has been climbing upward with a fourth-place showing at Black Hills in 2015 and then finishes of second and third last year. He looks for the top step of the podium this weekend. 2017 Quick Stats: 43 races, 4 wins, 16 top-fives, 23 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD, on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15. 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. 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.
  18. Crunch Time in DCRP Title Chases as Saturday Approaches Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 13, 2017) – It’s getting down to it in the Dodge City Raceway Park championship chases. The margin for error at this point of the season is minimal with only four nights of points racing action remaining beginning with Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night at the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas. Saturday’s card that fires off at 7:30 p.m. features the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Leading the way into Saturday’s card in their respective divisions are Taylor Velasquez, Clay Sellard, Jeff Kaup, Angel Munoz and Duane Wahrman. Two lead changes took place after the most recent round of competition on July 1 with more possible pending Saturday outcomes. A look at the title chases… Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Taylor Velasquez leads the way as he tries to make it two title in a row, but Tyler Knight is keeping the heat on at just 23 points off the lead pace. Only Ty Williams has posted multiple wins, with four different winners in as many races after Williams topped the opening two rounds of action. Feature Winners: Ty Williams 2, Jake Bubak 1, Tyler Knight 1, Jake Martens 1, Kevin Ramey 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Taylor Velasquez (Turpin, OK) 833, 2. Tyler Knight (Wright, KS) 810, 3. Kris Moore (Dodge City, KS) 740, 4. Jordan Knight (Wright, KS) 724, 5. Ty Williams (Arcadia, OK) 696, 6. (tie) Brandy Jones (Dodge City, KS) and Ross Essenberg (Wichita, KS) 676, 8. Brian Herbert (Dodge City, KS) 654, 9. Brandon Sprott (Dodge City, KS) 625, 10. Lance Davis 597. IMCA Modifieds: An eighth-place finish last time out on July 1, his fifth in six starts, was enough to move Clay Sellard atop the point charts with a 61-point advantage over Mike Lunow. Defending track champ Nick Link is another three points back in third with battles for position throughout the top ten. After Cole Traugott won the opening pair of events, the last four features have offered up four different winners including Sellard, Randle McRoberts, T. Link and William Nusser. Feature Winners: Cole Traugott 2, Tracy Link 1, William Nusser 1, Randle McRoberts 1, Clay Sellard 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 787, 2. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 726, 3. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 723, 4. Cole Traugott (Woodward, OK) 716, 5. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 690, 6. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 682, 7. (tie) Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) and Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 677, 9. Tracy Link (Rolla, KS) 638, 10. Tom Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 629. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Woodward’s Jeff Kaup has opened up three-for-four to build up an 81-point lead as he guns for a third title in four years. In his wake, Newton’s Wiens brothers Alex and Kyle lead the way in a heated battle for second in points. Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 3, Dakota Sproul 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 595, 2. Alex Wiens (Newton, KS) 514, 3. Kyle Wiens (Newton, KS) 510, 4. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 497, 5. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 482, 6. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 478, 7. Kohl Ricke (Spearville, KS) 470, 8. Joey Maupin (Dodge City, KS) 456, 9. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 396, 10. Tanner Brunson (Dodge City, KS) 356. IMCA Stock Cars: Angel Munoz is just five points shy of a perfect season after winning four of five features and finishing second in the other one. Near perfection has pushed Munoz out to lead of 122 points over Ondre Rexford, who made the jump up to second after the July 1 event. Rexford is just seven points ahead of Marlin Hogie in the battle for second. Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 4, Michael Pepper 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Angel Munoz (Lamar, CO) 745, 2. Ondre Rexford (Parts Unknown) 623, 3. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 616, 4. Travis Baird (Chester, OK) 519, 5. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 512, 6. Jack Pepper (Lakin, KS) 511, 7. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 433, 8. Gregg Schell (Cheney, KS) 387, 9. Chris Oliver (Holcomb, KS) 339, 10. Ron Hartman (Ulysses, KS) 276. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Duane Wahrman became the first repeat winner last time out on July 1 to move atop the point charts, albeit by just a mere four-point margin over Reagan Sellard. Reigning champ Matt O’Hair is just 28 points off the lead pace as he tries to rebound from an early DNF. Feature Winners: Duane Wahrman 2, Matt O’Hair 1, Reagan Sellard 1. Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Duane Wahrman (Pratt, KS) 582, 2. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 578, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 554, 4. Tyler Walker (Dighton, KS) 537, 5. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 512, 6. Gerald Walker (Dighton, KS) 492, 7. Norman Rogers 440, 8. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 431, 9. Danny Schulte 393, 10. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 370. Tickets for Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night championship chase card are just $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park consists of 14 total nights of racing action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series for the “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 27-18. 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 check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  19. Countdown to I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals is Under Way! Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 13, 2017) – There’s no question about it, fans of and competitors at I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals are already counting down the days until the 30th edition of the prestigious event is set to unfold atop the high-banked, ¼-mile clay oval in Arkansas’ capital city. And that countdown is already down to double digits, as the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires is just 13 weeks away on October 12-14. Drivers from throughout the land will once again converge upon I-30 Speedway to vie for their share of the more than $100,000 that is doled out over the course of the weekend. Battling through two preliminary nights to set the stage for the Saturday, October 14, STN finale, the ultimate STN champion will pocket a cool $15,000 with all championship feature starters earning at least $2,000. The top three from each night’s preliminary nights will lock into the front three rows of the Saturday finale with the balance of the field being finalized in Saturday’s preliminary action. 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. 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 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. 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 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.
  20. Streaks on the Line Saturday Night at DCRP! Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 11, 2017) – A pair of streaks at Dodge City Raceway Park will be put to the test as championship chase action resumes with Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night atop the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas. Saturday’s action will include a full slate of Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Stock Cars. Racing action is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. The DCRP Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds have both featured five consecutive different winners in the last five outings after opening the season with Ty Williams (Sprint Cars) and Cole Traugott (Modifieds) both going back-to-back. Fairview, Oklahoma’s Jake Martens took advantage of a front row starting position to take DCRP Sprint Car honors last time out on July 11 after Kevin Ramey, Tyler Knight, Jake Bubak and Williams won the previous events. In the IMCA Modified ranks, Larned’s William Nusser scored the win on July 11 to extend the run of different winners as well with previous victors including Tracy Link, Randle McRoberts, Clay Sellard and Traugott. Woodward, Oklahoma’s Jeff Kaup has gone three-for-four in the win column in IMCA Sport Modified action while Lamar, Colorado’s Angel Munoz is four-for-five in IMCA Stock Car action. Pratt’s Duane Wahrman has raced to victory lane in two of the last three IMCA Hobby Stock features. With their win rates, Kaup, Munoz and Wahrman each lead their respective championship chases. Kaup holds an 81-point advantage over Alex Wiens in IMCA Sport Mods with Munoz out to a 122-point lead over Ondre Rexford in IMCA Stock Cars while Wahrman’s IMCA Hobby Stock lead is a mere four points over Reagan Sellard. Still seeking his first Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car win of the year, Turpin, Oklahoma’s Taylor Velasquez holds a 23-point advantage over Tyler Knight as he vies for a second straight title while Clay Sellard has moved atop the IMCA Modified point charts with a 61-point lead over Mike Lunow. Tickets for Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night championship chase action are just $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. 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 check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
  21. Bellm Banks another Win on Three Top-Five Weekend Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (July 7, 2017) – Nixa, Missouri’s Kyle Bellm offered up his own version of fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend by racking up his third win of the year aboard the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car before posting another pair of fourth-place finishes to round out the weekend. After adding his third win and running his top-five season total to nine, Bellm and crew will take the weekend off before returning to action at Lake Ozark Speedway next Saturday night, July 15. This past weekend’s four-race set was cut to three after the Friday opener at Fulton’s Callaway Raceway fell victim to rain. Bellm was in the lead mix over the remaining portion of the Missouri weekend aboard the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision machine. “It’s a lot less stressful, I’m driving better and having more fun,” Bellm said of the mid-season schedule change from full-time National Tour status to pick-and-choose mode on race selection. “It was a good weekend money-wise too.” Following the Friday rainout, action got under way with ASCS Warrior Region action at Eldon’s Lake Ozark Speedway. And, for the second Saturday night in a row, Bellm ended the night in victory lane. Bellm set the stage by racing from fourth to win his heat race and then redrew the front row outside for the feature event. “We took off on the start, then we were side-by-side with Jonathan Cornell for several laps,” Bellm said of the race. “We held him off on a mid-race restart and then stayed mistake-free the rest of the way to win it.” Gunning for a third win in a row on Sunday night at California’s Double X Speedway aboard the VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions entry, Bellm had his work cut out for him from the ninth starting position in the feature. “We missed the setup, we were way too free,” Bellm explains. Despite missing the setup, Bellm worked his way forward to finish fourth. “We salvaged a fourth-place finish, so we couldn’t complain about that,” Bellm says. The weekend wrapped up with Monday night’s $4,000-to-win Firecracker Special at Lake Ozark Speedway with Bellm gunning for a third straight win atop the 3/8-mile oval aboard the Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care machine. After winning his heat race from third, Bellm redrew the fourth row outside for the 35-lap main event. Slipping back several positions in the early going, Bellm rallied back to post another fourth-place finish in the Schaeffer Oil/Prater Designs/The Engine Heater entry. “We fell back to around 12th or 13th early, I think I started driving mad after that,” Bellm says. It worked, as Bellm worked his way back towards the front of the pack in short order, sitting eighth when the race’s first caution flew after 19 laps and then cracking the top five when the second and final caution flew three laps later. “We probably didn’t need that last caution, I had cleared (Dustin) Barks (who finished second) and had the next two cars set up,” Bellm recalls. “I don’t know if we would have had anything for (Brad) Loyet, but we had at least a second place car.” “I probably ricocheted off the fence one too many times,” Bellm said of rousing top-five run. “I had Barks and TBJ in my sights, then (Austin) Alumbaugh showed me his nose. Instead of being aggressive, I turned on the defense over the last couple of laps to make sure we held on to fourth.” With another successful weekend in the books, Bellm and crew will get back to action at Lake Ozark Speedway next Saturday night. 2017 Quick Stats: 21 races, 3 wins, 9 top-fives, 9 top-tens. Up Next: Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO) on Saturday, July 15. Keep Track: Keep track of Kyle Bellm’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.kylebellm.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KyleBellmRacing?fref=ts or on Twitter at @kylebellmracing. If you would like Kyle Bellm Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley 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.
  22. Sky is the Limit for Reutzel in Big Sky Country by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (July 7, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel is slowly but surely chipping away at the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points lead, cutting the deficit to under 100 points entering this weekend’s double at Belgrade, Montana’s Gallatin Speedway. Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team race into Montana off a weekend that included a runner-up finish in the Fred Brownfield Classic prelim before settling for 11th in the Saturday night finale at Elma, Washington’s Grays Harbor Raceway. Despite a blown power steering hose that relegated the team outside the top ten for the first time in six races since June 16, Reutzel closed the gap to just 91 points as he tries to chase down a second ASCS National championship aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. “It wasn’t very long ago we were more than 200 points back,” Reutzel recalls. “We just have to keep putting up good finishes.” Last weekend’s Grays Harbor Raceway double began with Reutzel advancing from third to second in his heat race and then redrawing the pole position for the feature event. “It got really, really slick for the feature,” Reutzel says. “The top was too far around and pretty dirty.” After getting the advantage on the initial start, a restart wasn’t what Reutzel was looking for. “On the second start, (Matt) Covington got a better start than me,” Reutzel says. “He had a better car, he was able to drive off in open air.” Reutzel kept searching around in the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited machine and soon began to close the gap. “”I found the rubber and got back to him,” Reutzel explains. “I wanted to get under him and get by before he realized the rubber was there. But then he jumped the cushion and messed up just enough that he saw me down low and moved down there.” Settling for second on Friday night, Reutzel gridded Saturday’s Fred Brownfield Classic finale inside the second row. “We tried a few things, we’ve been struggling with forward bite,” Reutzel says. “We were way off with our changes. We fell back to sixth at the start, but then we were able to work back up to second,” Reutzel says. But, after working the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine back into a podium position, trouble reared its ugly head when a power steering line blew with five laps to go. Without power steering, Reutzel still looked to post a fifth-place finish until a final caution flew along with the white flag. The caution cost Reutzel another half-dozen positions with an 11th-place showing in the final rundown. “It was going to be a really good points night, we still gained some at least though,” Reutzel says. Action shifts to Belgrade’s Gallatin Speedway in Montana this weekend. 2017 Quick Stats: 41 races, 4 wins, 14 top-fives, 21 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, MT, on Friday and Saturday, July 7-8. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  23. Martens Masters DCRP Mid-Season Championships with Nusser, Kaup, Munoz & Wahrman in Victory Lane as Well by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 1, 2017) – Jake Martens picked off his first feature win of the year by wiring the field in Saturday night’s 20-lap Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car main event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. While Martens scored his first DCRP win, other Mid-Season Championships feature winners included William Nusser in IMCA Modifieds, Jeff Kaup in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Angel Munoz in IMCA Stock Cars and Duane Wahrman in IMCA Hobby Stocks. In the 20-lap DCRP Sprint Car feature, Fairview, Oklahoma’s Jake Martens gunned into the lead from the pole at the outset then denied some mid-race challenges from reigning track champion Taylor Velasquez to secure the victory. “Last year, we had already won three or four features by this time,” Martens said in victory lane. “Here it is July and I hadn’t won yet, I almost thought I’d forgot how to win these things.” Redrawing the pole position after winning his heat race, Martens put the Martens Machine Shop No. 48 Eagle chassis out front in short order. Velasquez closed in to challenge just past the midway point, but Martens kept his machine on the low side and slipped away in the closing laps. “The draw definitely worked in our favor tonight,” Martens commented. Martens crossed the stripe ahead of Velasquez with Luke Cranston filling out the podium in third. Tyler Knight slipped around Brian Herbert on the 13th lap to claim fourth with Herbert rounding out the top five. Larned’s William Nusser took advantage of the pole starting position in his feature as well, jumping into the lead and setting the pace for all 20 non-stop rounds of the IMCA Modified feature for his second career DCRP triumph and first since April of 2016. Nusser outgunned Travis Simmons for the lead at the drop of the green flag and slipped away as Simmons and David Solberg battled it out for second. Meanwhile, Jesse Richter was working his way through the field from 13th, ultimately climbing into the runner-up position by the 15th round. By that time though, Nusser held nearly a straightaway advantage. Richter cut into that lead over the closing circuits but ran out of laps with Nusser taking the checkered flag with an eight car-length advantage. Solberg settled for show honors behind Nusser and Richter with 18th-starter Ryan Heger and Kevin Gray rounding out the top five. Three-time track champ Jeff Kaup of Woodward, OK, rallied from ninth to pick off his third IMCA Sport Modified feature win of the year and 15th DCRP triumph since 2012. Mike Appel paced the field for the opening six rounds with Kaup working up to fourth by the time a caution flew after five laps. Kaup jumped to the top on the restart and rallied into the lead for keeps on the seventh round of the 15-lapper. While Kaup cruised on to victory lane, Jarett Lunow and Kyle Wiens battled it out for runner-up honors in his wake with Wiens getting the nod by taking advantage of a Lunow bobble in the final pair of corners. Kevin Tabor snuck by in the final corner to snare third with Lunow and Alex Wiens rounding out the top five. Pratt’s Duane Wahrman moved atop the IMCA Hobby Stock points by racing to his second win of the year in the 15-lap main event. Fourth-starter Brett Copeland jumped into the early lead and set the pace as Wahrman, Matt O’Hair and Reagan Sellard raced through the field. Wahrman won the race through the field, breaking into second by the fifth round and then chasing down Copeland to challenge for the point. Wahrman battled into the lead by the tenth round and then held off O’Hair over the closing circuits to take the win. Wahrman and O’Hair were chased to the line by Copeland with Sellard and Gerald Walker rounding out the top five. Lamar, Colorado’s Angel Munoz bumped his season DCRP average up to .800 by winning his fourth event in five tries. Munoz gunned into the lead from the second row on the opening lap and pace the field all the way to post the win. Brian May and Reagan Sellard both picked up $150 Hard Charger bonuses courtesy of Melling Performance in their respective classes. May raced from 13th to sixth in the IMCA Sport Modified main event while Sellard advanced from ninth to fourth in the IMCA Hobby Stock main. Action continues at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, July 15, with Lewis Automotive Night championship chase action featuring Precise Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Dodge City Raceway Park – Mid-Season Championships July 1, 2017 Results: Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens, 2. 49x-Luke Cranston, 3. 49-Kris Moore, 4. 11k-Tyler Knight, 5. 911-Ty Williams, 6. 18-Brandon Sprott, 7. 10-Jordan Knight. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 51r-Ross Essenberg, 3. 97-Brian Herbert, 4. 9d-Lance Davis, 5. 17x-Craig Jecha, 6. 8J-Brandy Jones. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens, 2. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 3. 49x-Luke Cranston, 4. 11k-Tyler Knight, 5. 97-Brian Herbert, 6. 49-Kris Moore, 7. 9d-Lance Davis, 8. 51r-Ross Essenberg, 9. 911-Ty Williams, 10. 10-Jordan Knight, 11. 17x-Craig Jecha, 12. 18-Brandon Sprott. DNS: 8J-Brandy Jones. IMCA Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 75-Randle McRoberts, 2. 7n-William Nusser, 3. 1n-Nick Link, 4. 7s-David Solberg, 5. 8r-Jesse Richter, 6. 2L-Tracy Link, 7. 57-Joel Lane. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 26-Tom Beavers, 2. 36-Travis Simmons, 3. 01-Jesse Smith, 4. 16-Kevin Gray, 5. 25-Kale Beavers, 6. 44-Mike Lunow, 7. 3h-Ryan Heger. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 2. 85c-Clay Sellard, 3. A2-Randy Wilson, 4. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 5. 27-Grant Florence, 6. K98-Danny Keller, 7. 22k-Brad Keller. “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 7n-William Nusser, 2. 8r-Jesse Richter, 3. 7s-David Solberg, 4. 3h-Ryan Heger, 5. 16-Kevin Gray, 6. 1n-Nick Link, 7. 88J-Jack Kirchoff, 8. 85c-Clay Sellard, 9. 01-Jesse Smith, 10. 57-Joel Lane, 11. 2L-Tracy Link, 12. 36-Travis Simmons, 13. 22k-Brad Keller, 14. 26-Tom Beavers, 15. 25-Kale Beavers, 16. 44-Mike Lunow, 17. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 18. A2-Randy Wilson, 19. 27-Grant Florence, 20. 75-Randle McRoberts. DNS: k98-Danny Keller. IMCA Sport Modifieds: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 56m-Mike Appel, 3. 22r-Dan Rogers, 4. 57-Tanner Brunson, 5. 12-Kevin Tabor, 6. 65-Kolh Ricke, 7. 62-Marvin Ward. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 2. 7-Jarett Lunow, 3. 18-Kyle Wiens, 4. 10-Alex Wiens. DNS: 21m-Joey Maupin, 8-Brian May. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 18-Kyle Wiens, 3. 12-Kevin Tabor, 4. 7-Jarett Lunow, 5. 10-Alex Wiens, 6. 8-Brian May, 7. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 8. 22r-Dan Rogers, 9. 65-Kohl Ricke, 10. 21m-Joey Maupin, 11. 57-Tanner Brunson, 12. 62-Marvin Ward, 13. 56m-Mike Appel. IMCA Stock Cars: Heat One (6 Laps): 1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 3. 33-Marlin Hogie, 4. 17m-Shannon Maughlin. “A” Main (10 Laps): 1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 3. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 4. 33-Marlin Hogie. IMCA Hobby Stocks: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 2. 69-Danny Schulte, 3. 12x-Norman Rogers, 4. 20-Tyler Walker, 5. 99-Gerald Walker, 6. 81d-Mike Davis. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 19-Brett Copeland, 2. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 3. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 4. 22-Donald Kaup, 5. 7-Tom Reed. “A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 2. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 3. 19-Brett Copeland, 4. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 5. 20-Tyler Walker, 6. 12x-Norman Rogers, 7. 69-Danny Schulte, 8. 81d-Mike Davis, 9. 99-Gerald Walker, 10. 7-Tom Reed, 11. 22-Donald Kaup.
  24. Reutzel Records Third Consecutive Dirt Cup Runner-up Finish after Prelim Win; Grays Harbor this Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (June 30, 2017) – Aaron Reutzel came close to the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup big payday once again in last Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win finale at Alger, Washington’s Skagit Speedway. But, rather than cashing the big check, Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team settled for runner-up Dirt Cup honors for the third year in a row. The second-place run in the Dirt Cup finale came after winning the Thursday night prelim and then a fourth-place showing in the Friday card to earn a front row starting berth for the finale. Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action for Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team continues with this weekend’s Fred Brownfield Classic at Elma, Washington’s Grays Harbor Raceway. Last weekend’s Dirt Cup started out in promising fashion for Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Wings Unlimited team, earning the pole position and then ultimately posting the fourth win of the year after putting the finishing touches on the ASCS Speedweek title just five nights earlier. Starting on the pole didn’t prove to be advantageous though. “I knew Seth (Bergman) would get the jump,” Reutzel related. “He was about the same speed as us, so I knew we had to wait for traffic. Traffic usually gets pretty hairy there.” It did indeed, with Reutzel taking advantage to slide by in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance machine and then escaping with the win after trading a couple more sliders before the finish. “I slid him for the lead with about ten laps to go,” Reutzel recalls. “He slid me back, but then I was able to get back by him and set sail from there.” Friday’s card got off to a rough start when contact from another car knocked the front end down at the start of heat race action. “We were able to get back out and lucky to get back to where we started in fifth,” Reutzel says. A charge from eighth to third in his qualifier set Reutzel tenth in Friday’s feature starting grid. “Coming in leading points after Thursday, we decided to try some stuff for Saturday,” Reutzel says. It wasn’t exactly what the team was looking for, but Reutzel still worked his way up to fourth to secure a front row starting position for the Saturday main event. “It wasn’t too bad, but it was a little too rolled up to really race,” Reutzel says of the Friday experiment. “It was something good to learn.” As it was time for Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win Dirt Cup finale to push off, some last minute track work changed the game. “They left standing water all around the bottom of the track,” Reutzel comments. After Roger Crockett slid into the lead in the opening pair of corners, Reutzel tried to return the favor in turns three and four. “I went through the water, that let Sam (Hafertepe, Jr.) and (Jason) Solwold get by.” “It took a while to get back by Solwold because he’s fast and then it took a while to get back by Crockett because he’s fast,” Reutzel says of the race. “By the time I got by them, there was only about ten laps to go, there wasn’t enough time to get to Sam.” While not satisfied with the runner-up placing at Dirt Cup for a third time in a row, it was yet another solid weekend for Reutzel and team. “Overall, it was a good money-making weekend,” Reutzel surmises. Another weekend of action in the State of Washington unfolds Friday and Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway, a track at which Reutzel hasn’t found previous luck. “We have had good speed there, but zero luck,” Reutzel says. “It’s time to change that.” 2017 Quick Stats: 40 races, 4 wins, 13 top-fives, 20 top-tens. Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour “Fred Brownfield Classic” at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, on Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. 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.
  25. USAC Midgets “Tuesday Night Thunder” Returns to Jefferson County Speedway Lonnie Wheatley, FAIRBURY, Neb. (June 28, 2017) – Last year’s USAC National Midget debut at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway did more than just live up to lofty expectations, offering up a memorable event before a standing-room-only crowd. As such, it comes as little surprise that this year’s Road to the Belleville Midget Nationals once again kicks off with “Riverside Chevrolet Tuesday Night Thunder at Jefferson County Speedway presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation” on Tuesday night, August 1. The event atop the 1/5-mile clay oval will once again include the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint Cars along with the USAC National Midgets. “The people in Fairbury and the surrounding communities really stepped up and supported this to make it a great event last year,” said event promoter Cody Brewer. “Tuesday Night Thunder will be even better this time around, we’re looking forward to kicking off a great week of Midget racing.” With a packed house on hand last year, another 500 seats have been added to accommodate the large crowd that will also be treated to an autograph session, cold beer, fireworks and a flyover to go along with the intense racing action atop the cozy confines of the Jefferson County Speedway clay. Arizona native Chad Boat reigns as defending “Tuesday Night Thunder” champion, battling past Indiana’s Spencer Bayston for the lead midway through the 35-lap feature and then holding off Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas over the final rounds to secure the win the USAC Midget debut at the Fairbury, NE, track. Frank Galusha scored the win in the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint ranks. Two-time and reigning USAC Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, OK, currently holds the USAC National Midget points lead ahead of a host of top contenders that includes the likes of defending race winner Boat along with Bayston, Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic and his CMR teammates Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney, reigning USAC Midget champion Tanner Thorson and more. It will be yet another fast-paced event that fans are sure to enjoy in the fairgrounds atmosphere with the covered grandstands, with contingency awards for every entrant including the Side Trek Bar and Grill $500 Hard Charger Award for the Midgets and Eagle Motorsports Inc. $100 Hard Charger Award for the JayHusker Non-Wing Micros. General admission tickets to the event are just $20 for adults with children ten and under just $5. Qualifying will begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing action to follow at 7:30 p.m. Along with title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other local sponsors that are making “Tuesday Night Thunder” possible include Chappell Roofing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Starr Plumbing, X-CEL NDT, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Ol' Red 99.5, Pollman Appliance, Z-Four Trucking, Vaughn Contracting, Criner's Corner and Jefferson County Visitors Committee. A number of National and Racing Industry sponsors are making the event possible as well, including Speedway Motors, Rod End Supply, Budweiser, Eagle Motorsports Inc., Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Hepfner Racing Products, Spike Chassis and Shell Shock Helmet Painting. More information regarding the event is available at http://www.tuesdaynightthunder.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuesdayNightThunder/.
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