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  1. Dodge City Raceway Park's Tommie Estes, Jr, steps down from GM position DODGE CITY, Kan. (September 24, 2020) – An era comes to an end at Dodge City Raceway Park as Tommie Estes, Jr., has elected to step down from his position as track manager and promoter at the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas. After a revolving door of promoters at the state-of-the-art facility in its first decade as a dirt track, Estes, Jr., assumed the role in 2011 soon after leaving his previous position as series coordinator with the American Sprint Car Series. Estes, Jr., has guided the DCRP facility for the past ten years, establishing several notable events including the DCRP Sprint Car Nationals and creating the 1/7-mile Little DCRP clay oval to provide a training ground for younger racers to develop their skills. After the racing facility completed its final weekend of a condensed 2020 racing season on September 19-20, Estes, Jr., announced the decision to resign from the position. “The city of Dodge City offered to extend my contract for another three years, but I declined,” Estes, Jr., explains. “I have enjoyed my ten years at Dodge City Raceway Park and appreciate all the support from the fans, racers, staff and sponsors over the past ten years. I just felt that it was time for a change and time to explore some other opportunities.” Estes, Jr., finished out his tenure at Dodge City Raceway Park with this past weekend’s Eighth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval including the track’s championship chase divisions of Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks as well as Sunday’s Little DCRP season finale for Micro Sprints and Karts. No immediate plans have been announced for the successor to Estes, Jr., at the Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. 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.
  2. Reutzel Defends Tuscarora 50 Title this Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 9, 2020) – Last September, Aaron Reutzel picked up the biggest win of his career by pocketing $52,000 at Port Royal Speedway’s Tuscarora 50. Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team will try to make it two in a row at the Central Pennsylvania clay oval in this weekend’s All Star Circuit of Champions event that unfolds over the course of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “I love racing at Port Royal, it’s a place I always look forward to going to,” Reutzel says. “Everything worked out perfectly for us at last year’s Tuscarora 50, hopefully that can happen again.” Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car team take a healthy All Star points lead into the weekend after a runner-up finish in last weekend’s Attica Ambush finale. Vying for a third consecutive series title, Reutzel shook off the effect of Friday night struggles at Attica that resulted in a finish of 16th to capture the runner-up finish on Saturday night aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. “I gave it all that could have, I didn’t realize it was that close to the end and I don’t know what more I could have done,” Reutzel said of the battle for the lead in the 40-lapper. “It was hard to get good runs to slide him because there were always lapped cars around. It was a lot better run than last night and a good race all in all.” With the Attica Ambush in the books, Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension crew made an early run to Port Royal to take in Monday’s Labor Day Classic. After cutting a tire in heat race action, Reutzel rallied through the “B” Main aboard the Fischer Body Shop entry before making an early exit from the feature event. “After cutting that tire, we were pretty well buried,” Reutzel says. “We were able to just test some things after that and I think we learned some things that can help us this weekend.” Three nights at Port Royal beginning on Thursday will culminate with Saturday’s $53,000-to-win Tuscarora 50. 2020 Quick Stats: 66 races, 13 wins, 33 top-fives, 45 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Port Royal Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  3. All Star Points Leader Reutzel Closing in on First Ohio Speedweek Title by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (July 9, 2020) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team retain their position atop the All Star Circuit of Champions point charts as they vie for a third consecutive series championship. And, not only does the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team reside atop the season point charts, Reutzel and crew are closing on a potential first “Ohio Sprint Speedweek” championship. With the initial half of Ohio Sprint Speedweek in the books, Reutzel carries a 16-point advantage into the final four races of the hectic slate of Ohio events that includes nine races in ten days. The final half gets under way Thursday night at Zanesville’s Muskingum County Speedway before moving on to Portsmouth Motor Speedway on Friday and then Hartford’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday and Sunday. “We just have to keep putting together strong finishes and the points will take care of themselves,” Reutzel surmises. It’s a habit that Reutzel is in the habit of aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment entry as of late. Reutzel has reeled off 13 consecutive top-ten finishes including 11 among the top five. Among those are four wins and ten podium runs including his latest pair of triumphs in All Star action at Volunteer Speedway on June 27 and then Sunday’s Speedweek score at Fremont that brought his season win total to ten triumphs. After a fourth-place showing at Port Royal Speedway and the Volunteer Speedway win three nights later, Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension team took in three nights of Pennsylvania Speedway with another pair of podium finishes at Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway. “It would have been nice to win one of those, but the competition there is really tough,” Reutzel said after finishes of second, eighth and third. “We were also trying a few different things, so hopefully that will pay off when we go back to those tracks later in the season.” After an off day, Ohio Sprint Speedweek began in earnest last Friday with Reutzel racing to third at Attica Raceway Park. Shifting to a Fremont Speedway double, Reutzel improved one position to second and then climbed one more step up the podium after racing the Fischer Body Shop machine to victory lane on Sunday night for his tenth win of the season. “Rough and heavy, slick; we just seem to adapt to anything and it’s pretty cool when you can do stuff like that,” Reutzel explained after taking the win on a slick track. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys.” After a rare finish outside the top-five on Monday at Wayne County Speedway, Reutzel rebounded from potential disastrous engine issues in the Dash to capture another podium finish of third on Wednesday night at Peeble’s Brushcreek Motorsports Complex. Reutzel will be looking for more visits to victory lane and a potential Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship beginning on Thursday nigh at Muskingum County Speedway. 2020 Quick Stats: 45 races, 10 wins, 27 top-fives, 35 top-tens. Quick Results: June 24, Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) – 4th in A Feature June 27, Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – 1st in A Feature June 28, Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – Rained Out June 29, Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA – PA Speedweek) – 2nd in A Feature June 30, Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA – PA Speedweek) – 8th in A Feature July 1, Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA – PA Speedweek) – 3rd in A Feature July 3, Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH) – 3rd in A Feature July 4, Fremont Speedway (Fremont, OH) – 2nd in A Feature July 5, Fremont Speedway (Fremont, OH) – 1st in A Feature July 6, Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH) – 8th in A Feature July 8, Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (Peebles, OH) – 3rd in A Feature Next Up: Final half of All Stars “Ohio Sprint Speedweek”: July 9 – Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, OH) July 10 – Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, OH) July 11 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) July 12 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) 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.
  4. West Texas Crude Nationals Coming to Lubbock on May 12-13 Lonnie Wheatley, LUBBOCK, Texas (May 1, 2020) – Dirt track racing begins to ramp back up in the most extreme of forms with Sprint Cars firing back to life in the Lone Star State with the West Texas Crude Nationals presented by Josh Baughman at Lubbock’s West Texas Raceway on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13. The Invitational event will be contested with ASCS 360-ci engine rules in effect and run under the All Star Circuit of Champions format of qualifying by heat race groups, heat races and features each night. The Tuesday portion of the event atop the high-banked, 3/8-mile West Texas Raceway clay oval will offer up a $4,000 winner’s share and $800 to start the feature with the ante upped on Wednesday to $6,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start. Both nights will be aired live via PPV at https://www.speedshifttv.com/. The field of 32-40 Sprint Cars will be accompanied each night by IMCA Modifieds that will be capped at 30 entries. Adhering to current COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions in place in Texas, both nights of competition will take place with no spectators in the grandstands. Pit entry will be limited to ten people per car. A vast array of the nation’s top Sprint Car racers are among those already confirmed for the event including two-time and reigning All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Aaron Reutzel, Giovanni Scelzi, Dominic Scelzi, Terry McCarl, Austin McCarl, Carson McCarl, Brock Zearfoss, Joey Saldana, John Carney II, Harli White, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Justin Sanders, Jake Bubak, Matt Covington, Shane Golobic and Seth Bergman among others. The complete roster of confirmed competitors for the West Texas Crude Nationals on May 12-13 will be unveiled shortly. West Texas Raceway last hosted 360-ci Sprint Cars in June of 2018 with Sam Hafertepe, Jr., beating Seth Bergman and Sammy Swindell to the line in an ASCS Speedweek opener. The West Texas Crude Nationals on May 12-13 is made possible by invaluable partners including Lubbock Wrecker Service, Hollywood Blasting & Coating, Precision Catalyst, Fischer Body Shop, Folkens Brothers Trucking, Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution, Beard Equipment, Nattress Construction and Momentum Racing Suspensions. For additional information regarding the West Texas Crude Nationals, contact Josh Baughman at 432-258-3695 or via email at jbaughman@hollywood-tx.com.
  5. DCRP Suspends Operations Until Further Notice DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 17, 2020) – Due to concerns regarding the COVIC-19 pandemic, all racing activities at Dodge City Raceway Park have been suspended until further notice as of March 17, 2020. This includes all events scheduled atop the Dodge City Raceway Park 3/8-mile clay oval as well as the 1/7-mile Little DCRP clay oval. The health and welfare of every one of our fans, racers, crew members and employees is of the utmost importance at this time. Track officials along with city, state and national officials will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as available. 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.
  6. Reutzel Crowned East Bay’s King of 360s! Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (February 20, 2020) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team closed out the Florida Speedweeks portion of the 2020 early-season campaign in fine fashion by picking up the $10,000 “King of 360’s” Nationals winner’s share at Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday night. Following a fifth-place run in the Thursday night prelim before a Friday night rainout, Saturday’s triumph was the third Florida victory for the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car team and eighth top-ten in nine starts. “It was the kind of start to the season that you want to have,” said Reutzel, who also earned a pair of All Star Circuit of Champions victories along with three consecutive World of Outlaws top-ten finishes. “We need to qualify better in the Outlaw races to be in a better position to run up front, but we raced really well the entire time. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season.” The Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team gets a breather until World of Outlaws action resumes in Texas at Paige’s Cotton Bowl Speedway and then Kilgore’s Lonestar Speedway on March 13-14. Reutzel will take in the opening portion of the WoO schedule in the ensuing weeks before digging in to take aim at a third consecutive All Star Circuit of Champions title with the April 10 season opener at Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park. Last weekend’s “King of 360’s” Nationals began with Reutzel posting a fourth-place heat race finish and then earning a fifth-place showing in the feature, good enough to lock into the top six in points and a feature starting position for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win Ronald Laney Memorial. “It was one of those typical East Bay tide-in racetracks, it was greasy all night,” Reutzel explained. “We were terrible early, we got okay later but had no chance of winning. Luckily, we got just enough points to lock into the feature.” Saturday looked to be more of the same with Reutzel slipping back several positions from his pole start in the 40-lap feature before the top came in and he moved the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension machine back to the front by mid-race and stayed there throughout to earn the crown. “The track was the same as Thursday night and we still weren’t good,” Reutzel explains. “We tried some stuff in the Dash and still weren’t any good, then we weren’t any better when the feature started. We finally had a long run that made it into a normal racetrack, and I was able to get going up top. I didn’t think we had a chance at it for a while though.” The Clute, TX, native relished the honor of winning the Ronald Laney Memorial, named for a fellow Texas racer that succumbed to East Bay injuries in 2002. “Ronald grew up probably about an hour from where I lived,” Reutzel said afterward. “I remember being about eight years old watching him race and getting his autograph after the races, so it’s cool to win this race.” With a successful Florida trip in the rearview mirror, Reutzel and the BRM No. 87 crew are back in action close to him in March with a pair of World of Outlaws events in Texas. 2020 Quick Stats: 18 races, 4 wins, 11 top-fives, 15 top-tens. Next Up: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, TX) on March 13 and Lonestar Speedway (Kilgore, TX) on March 14. 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 Red Hot in Florida and Looking for More this Weekend at East Bay Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (February 13, 2020) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team have picked right up in 2020 where they left off at the close of the 2019 season. After racing to a nation’s best 18 410-ci feature wins last year and a second consecutive All Star Circuit of Champions title, Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car team went two-for-four in victories with the All Stars over the past week and reeled off three consecutive top-ten finishes in World of Outlaws competition as well at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals. After winning the second night of All Star competition at the DIRTcar Nationals last Thursday and then picking up another one in dominant fashion in the series return to Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park on Monday night, Reutzel summed it up, ““We kinda picked up right where we left off last year. Whenever you’re running that good at the end of the year, you don’t want the year to end. Momentum can change and you can never be too sure how the next year is going to start.” Reutzel looks to keep the momentum going, swapping out the 410-ci powerplant to take a shot at the $10,000 winner’s share at East Bay Raceway Park’s “King of 360’s” Nationals that takes place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “It always takes a few laps to adjust from the 410 to the 360,” the former ASCS National champion explained. “We had two good nights here earlier this week and once we get back in the 360 rhythm, we should be good.” The only hiccup for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team last week came in Wednesday’s opening leg of the five-night DIRTcar Nationals at Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park. “We were a little too tight in qualifying and I just didn’t make very good laps,” Reutzel recalls. “Then it was pretty heavy all night, we were just too far behind to dig out of it.” Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension team rebounded in championship style the following night with his first North American win of 2020 after capturing an earlier win in Australia. After a heat race win and a critical run from fourth to second in his Dash, Reutzel raced from fourth in the 25-lap All Star feature to capture the lead on the 16th lap en route to his first series win of the year. “Getting to second in the Dash was critical to putting us in a position where we could win the feature,” Reutzel explains. “We were able to find the rubber early to get around Brad (Sweet) for second and then we got fortunate when Ian (Madsen) made a mistake racing a lapped car that gave us the lead. We had just enough tire to make it to the finish, I don’t think we could have made another lap.” Reutzel followed that up with three consecutive top-ten finishes with the World of Outlaws including a tenth-place run on Friday, a charge from 23rd to ninth on Saturday and another showing of tenth from 14th on Sunday to finish out the DIRTcar Nationals. “We missed it a little bit in qualifying each night that put us behind,” Reutzel explains. “We raced really well each night though and went forward, so we feel good about it.” The All Star Circuit of Champions returned to Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park for a two-night stand on Monday and Tuesday and the Clute, TX, native turned in a dominant performance to win the opening night before charging from 14th to fourth in the Tuesday card that wrapped up the 410-ci portion of Florida Speedweeks. In the Monday card, Reutzel needed just three laps to charge from sixth into the feature lead after setting quick time in qualifying earlier in the night. “I was the only car to go up top early, and it all just worked out from there,” Reutzel says. After a qualifying miscue on Tuesday, Reutzel rallied from deep in the field to capture fourth, making for six top-tens in seven nights of 410-ci competition. Now, Reutzel sets his sights on the $10,000 “King of 360’s” prize that awaits on Saturday following preliminary action on Thursday and Friday at East Bay Raceway Park. 2020 Quick Stats: 16 races, 3 wins, 9 top-fives, 13 top-tens. Next Up: King of 360’s Nationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com.
  8. Reutzel Races into 2020 with Ten Florida Sprint Car Nights – Already has Posted Aussie Win & First Chili Bowl Feature by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (February 3, 2020) – The “off-season” has been a brief one if not non-existent for Aaron Reutzel. After racking up the nation’s best 18 feature wins and a second consecutive All Star Circuit of Champions title in 2019, Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team are ready to fire off the 2020 season with ten nights of competition in Florida. It all begins with the DIRTcar Nationals at Barberville, beginning on Wednesday night with two nights of All Star competition and then the opening three nights of the World of Outlaws season Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From there, All Star competition resumes at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa on Monday and Tuesday (February 10-11) followed by the “King of 360’s Nationals” at East Bay on February 13-15. Following on the heels of a whirlwind Australian visit that netted his first win “Down Under” and then charging into his first Chili Bowl Nationals championship feature event, Reutzel has leaned on crew members Dylan Buswell and Jason Tetrault to make sure the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car is ready for Florida competition. “I’ve been there working on the cars as much as I can, but with all the racing we’ve been doing I haven’t been able to be there for all of it,” Reutzel comments. “I’m fortunate to have JimBob and Dylan, they can put cars together better than anyone so I know we’re ready to go.” While the Florida events don’t count towards All Star Circuit of Champions points, Reutzel and the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team have their sights set on a third consecutive series title while taking in a major portion of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car schedule along the way in 2020. And the Clute, TX, native knows what it will take to win a third series title. “We still have a lot of things we can clean up,” Reutzel explains. “We have to keep our speed consistently and clean up the DNF’s. Some of those were out of our control, but there are others that we can eliminate such as driver error and parts failure. There is some really strong competition with the All Stars this year, so we have to cut down on those nights to win another championship.” Additional World of Outlaws triumphs are also among the goals for the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension team. “We have been fortunate to get a couple of Outlaw wins the last couple of years and been close to some others,” Reutzel comments. “Those wins are so tough to come by; you have to be on your game to have a chance and then take advantage of those opportunities. We’re hoping to get at least a couple more of those this year.” After finishing out a banner 2019 campaign in the United States, Reutzel joined forces with the Saller Motorsports No. USA56 Triple-X for the Ultimate Sydney Speedway at Australia’s Valvoline Raceway where he posted finishes of sixth or better in five of six events including a pair of runner-up finishes and scored a World Series Sprintcar win at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oil Speedway during some down time on January 5. “Overall it was really good. The first night was kind of a just feeling things out, then after that we were contending for the win every night,” Reutzel said of his first Australian adventure. “It was a really cool family that I drove for and they made it a lot of fun, I really look forward to getting back there next year.” Reutzel returned stateside and led the Monday night Chili Bowl Midget Nationals opener on Monday, January 13, only to get collected in a crash. Reutzel rallied back through the field to claim third in the preliminary and then was on the move in the championship feature event on Saturday, January 18, before an incident cut the weekend short aboard the Tucker-Boat Motorsports No. 84 entry. “Chad (Boat) did a great job of changing things up for me, it was the first time I felt really comfortable racing in a Midget,” Reutzel commented. “The car was so good, I had a lot left when I got crashed leading on Monday. Then on Saturday, we got going really well after 20 laps or so and were moving up before we threw one slider that got us caught up and ended the race. It was fun to drive a car that felt that good.” After climbing to the 410-ci Sprint Car ranks full-time for the first time in 2018 and capturing the All Star Circuit of Champions title in his rookie campaign, Reutzel made an indelible mark on the 410-ci scene with a monster 2019 campaign that netted another crown, 18 wins and a second consecutive top-five finish at the Knoxville Nationals. Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team look to build upon the past two years beginning on Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park. 2019 Quick Stats: 94 races, 18 wins, 47 top-fives, 61 top-tens. 2020 Quick Stats: 9 races, 1 win, 6 top-fives, 7 top-tens. Next Up: DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (All Star Circuit of Champions on February 5-6, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on February 7-9). 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.
  9. Blake Hahn Makes it Two in a Row at I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 5, 2019) –Blake Hahn added himself to a select list of elite racers by charging to his second consecutive Short Track Nationals championship feature win atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval on Saturday night. Courtesy of Lonnie Wheatley Hahn reclaimed the point from John Carney II on the 21st circuit and led the rest of the way in the 41-lapper to take the $10,041-winner’s share in the 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires finale. “This is amazing,” Hahn said upon climbing out of the DriveWFX/Smiley’s No. 52 in victory lane. “We’ve been running well lately and to win this race twice in a row is incredible.” With the triumph, the Sapulpa, OK racer became just the fifth in STN history to win the event in back-to-back years, joining the likes of Steve Kinser (1988-1989), Gary Wright (2003-2004), Tony Bruce, Jr. (2008-2009) and, most recently, Sammy Swindell (2016-2017). Hahn bounced back from missing the cut in Friday night’s preliminary feature to race his way into Saturday’s four-car Mike Pack Building Materials “Dash for Cash”. And, after drawing the pole position, Hahn led all but the final milliseconds when Seth Bergman nipped him at the line to earn a $500 bonus and the pole for the 41-lap finale with Carson Short and Carney II earning second row starting berths. Hahn gunned into the initial lead only to surrender the point to Carney II on just the second lap. Carney II kept Hahn and company at bay in the ensuing rounds, fending off a pair of bids from Hahn along the way. Hahn began to close in as the midway point approached and dove underneath Carney II entering turn three on the 21st round to recapture the lead. With the final 23 laps run in non-stop fashion after three interruptions in the initial 18 circuits, Hahn worked through some traffic and set a rapid pace to maintain a half-straightaway lead as the laps clicked off. Carney II and Bergman diced in his wake, swapping the runner-up position several times before a tense moment in traffic allowed Bergman to secure the position. Working the cushion, Bergman chipped away at Hahn’s advantage in the closing circuits only to come up short at the line. “I think we may have had something for him if the cautions would have fallen a little different and we had got to more traffic,” the Snohomish, WA, native said after his career-best STN finish. After posting a runner-up finish in Friday’s preliminary, El Paso’s Carney II earned his best career STN championship feature finish as well by rounding out the podium in third. While the trio of Han, Bergman and Carney II monopolized the top three positions throughout the 41-lapper, position changes behind them were frequent with Sam Hafertepe, Jr., ultimately taking the fourth position after starting 13th. Hafertepe, Jr., surged over the final half of the race, gaining a handful of positions to post his fourth career STN top-five. On the charge with Hafertepe, Jr., Lindsay, Oklahoma’s Harli White rallied from 15th to become the first lady racer to crack the top five in an STN championship feature. Friday preliminary winner Derek Hagar was sixth with Howard Moore, Dylan Westbrook, Chris Martin and Charlie Louden completing the top ten after race-long, top-ten contenders Matt Covington and Carson Short tangled in turn one on the final circuit just as Hahn streaked underneath the checkered flag. The race’s first stoppage happened after seven circuits when Zach Pringle and Tony Bruce, Jr., tangled getting into turn three with Greg Wilson going off the embankment to avoid the carnage. All three were done for the night. The caution flew two rounds later Scott Bogucki’s powerplant expired with a final interruption after 18 laps when Chris Martin spun to a stop in turn one. Louden and Bogucki were the only two drivers that started a first career STN championship finale. Hagar, Louden, Eric Baldaccini, Hafertepe, Jr., Pringle, Short, Moore and Bergman each topped heat races to pick up a bonus of $100 courtesy of Jenkins Fleet Services. Martin, Bogucki, Carney II and Brandon Hanks topped qualifying races with Monty Ferriera and Brad Bowden victorious in “C” Main action before Hafertepe, Jr., Bruce, Jr., won the “B” Mains. A total of 70 competitors took in the 32nd Annual COMP Camps Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway. 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Saturday Night Results: Heat Races (Top 40 in Finishing/Passing Points to Qualifying Races; Balance to Two “C” Mains): First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 9jr-Derek Hagar (2), 2. 44m-Chris Martin (1), 3. D6-Cody Gardner (3), 4. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (6), 5. 22-Sean McClelland (5), 6. 7-Justin Henderson (8), 7. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (7), 8. 2-Joseph Miller (4), 9. 50z-Zach Chappell (9). Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. X-Charlie Louden (5), 2. 23p-Hunter Poe (3), 3. 21k-Kevin Hinkle (1), 4. 12w-Dale Wester (7), 5. 94-Jeff Swindell (8), 6. 0mg-Mike Vaculik (2), 7. 61-Dewayne White (6), 8. 3b-Chris Banja (9), 9. 67-Hayden Martin (4). Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 0-Eric Baldaccini (2), 2. 44b-Scott Bogucki (1), 3. 17T-Channin Tankersley (4), 4. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (7), 5. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (6), 6. 39-Brad Bowden (5), 7. 16b-Justin Peck (3), 8. 58-Clay Dow (8). Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (1), 2. 44h-Ronny Howard (2), 3. 84-Brandon Hanks (4), 4. 6-Dustin Gates (3), 5. 45-Monty Ferreira (5), 6. 1s-Joey Schmidt (8), 7. 77x-Alex Hill (7), 8. 21m-Paxton Gregory (6). Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 8z-Zach Pringle (1), 2. 17w-Harli White (4), 3. 26-Marshall Skinner (2), 4. 14k-Kyle Bellm (3), 5. 11g-Mike Goodman (6), 6. 21p-Robbie Price (5), 7. 13c-Chase Howard (8), 8. 4-Tommy Snellgrove (7). Sixth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 21s-Carson Short (2), 2. 2x-Tucker Doughty (4), 3. 95-Matt Covington (5), 4. J2-John Carney II (7), 5. 10j-Justin Jacobsma (8), 6. 33c-Casey Carter (1), 7. 22g-Riley Goodno (3), 8. 29-Pete Butler (6). Seventh Heat (8 Laps): 1. 3-Howard Moore (2), 2. 47x-Dylan Westbrook (4), 3. 9$-Kyle Clark (1), 4. 14-Jordon Mallett (8), 5. 47-Dale Howard (7), 6. 21b-Brandon Hinkle (5), 7. 92-Cody Hays (6), 8. 48-Cody Stacy (3). Eighth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 23b-Seth Bergman (2), 2. W20-Greg Wilson (4), 3. 52-Blake Hahn (8), 4. 1x-Tim Crawley (5), 5. 38-Rick Pringle (1), 6. 5-Kory Bales (7), 7. 29w-Wade Woolsey (6), 8. 99-Blake Jenkins (3). Qualifying Races – Top 12 in Combined Passing/Finishing Points to “A” Feature; Balance to “B” Mains First Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 44m-Chris Martin (1), 2. 21s-Casron Short (5), 3. 47-Dale Howard (9), 4. 8z-Zach Pringle (3), 5. X-Charlie Louden (6), 6. 11g-Mike Goodman (10), 7. 12w-Dale Wester (2), 8. 26-Marshall Skinner (8), 9. 2x-Tucker Doughty (4), 10. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (7). Second Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 44b-Scott Bogucki (1), 2. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (2), 3. 47x-Dylan Westbrook (4), 4. 52-Blake Hahn (6), 5. 14-Jordon Mallett (3), 6. 94-Jeff Swindell (7), 7. 3-Howard Moore (5), 8. 7-Justin Henderson (10), 9. 6-Dustin Gates (9), 10. 1x-Tim Crawley (8). Third Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. J2-John Carney II (2), 2. 17T-Channin Tankersley (1), 3. 23b-Seth Bergman (5), 4. 9jr-Derek Hagar (6), 5. W20-Greg Wilson (4), 6. 1s-Joey Schmidt (10), 7. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (7), 8. 14k-Kyle Bellm (9), 9. 21k-Kevin Hinkle (8), 10. 23p-Hunter Poe (3). Fourth Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 84-Brandon Hanks (1), 2. 95-Matt Covington (3), 3. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (4), 4. 17w-Harli White (5), 5. 44h-Ronny Howard (2), 6. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (9), 7. 22-Sean McClelland (10), 8. D6-Cody Gardner (7), 9. 0-Eric Baldaccini (6), 10. 9$-Kyle Clark (8). “C” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to Corresponding “B” Feature First “C” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 45-Monty Ferreira (1), 2. 38-Rick Pringle (2), 3. 2-Joseph Miller (10), 4. 13c-Chase Howard (4), 5. 22g-Riley Goodno (9), 6. 58-Clay Dow (8), 7. 21p-Robbie Price (3), 8. 92-Cody Hays (7), 9. 29-Pete Butler (11), 10. 33c-Casey Carter (6), 11. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (5). DNS: 50z-Zach Chappell, 99-Blake Jenkins. Second “C” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 39-Brad Bowden (2), 2. 5-Kory Bales (1), 3. 16b-Justin Peck (8), 4. 61-Dewayne White (6), 5. 21b-Brandon Hinkle (3), 6. 21m-Paxton Gregory (10), 7. 4-Tommy Snellgrove (11), 8. 29w-Wade Woolsey (7), 9. 0mg-Mike Vaculik (4), 10. 3b-Chris Banja, 11. 77x-Alex Hill (5), 12. 48-Cody Stacy (10), 13. 67-Hayden Martin (13). Mike Pack Building Materials Dash for Cash (Finishing Order Set First Two Rows of “A” Main): Dash (4 Laps): 1. 23b-Seth Bergman (3) [$500], 2. 52-Blake Hahn (1) [$250], 3. 21s-Carson Short (2) [$150], 4. J2-John Carney II (4) [$100]. “B” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to “A: First “B” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (1), 2. 17w-Harli White (2), 3. 8z-Zach Pringle (3), 4. 14-Jordon Mallett (4), 5. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (7), 6. 7-Justin Henderson (10), 7. 44h-Ronny Howard (5), 8. 0-Eric Baldaccini (9), 9. D6-Cody Gardner (11), 10. 22-Sean McClelland (8), 11. 21k-Kevin Hinkle (12), 12. 2-Joseph Miller (17), 13. 45-Monty Ferreira (15), 14. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (13), 15. 38-Rick Pringle (16), 16. 1s-Joey Schmidt (6), 17. 1x-Tm Crawley (14). Second “B” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (1), 2. 17T-Channin Tankersley (2), 3. 3-Howard Moore (5), 4. 6-Dustin Gates (13), 5. W20-Greg Wilson (3), 6. 16b-Justin Peck (17), 7. 94-Jeff Swindell (6), 8. 26-Marshall Skinner 10), 9. 12w-Dale Wester (8), 10. 11g-Mike Goodman (4), 11. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (5), 12. 23p-Hunter Poe (12), 13. 39-Brad Bowden (15), 14. 5-Kory Bales (16), 15. 14k-Kyle Bellm (11), 16. 9$-Kyle Clark (14). DNS: 2x-Tucker Doughty. “A” Feature A Feature (41 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 52-Blake Hahn (2) [$10,041], 2. 23b-Seth Bergman (1) [$5,000}, 3. J2-John Carney II (4) [$2,500], 4. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (13) [$2,200], 5. 17w-Harli White (15) [$2,000], 6. 9jr-Derek Hagar (8) [$1,700], 7. 3-Howard Moore (18) [$1,500], 8. 47x-Dylan Westbrook (7) [$1,300], 9. 44m-Chris Martin (10) [$1,200], 10. X-Charlie Louden (6) [$1,100], 11. 84-Brandon Hanks (12) [$1,000], 12. 95-Matt Covington (9) [$950], 13. 21s-Carson Short (3) [$900], 14. 1x-Tim Crawley (21) [$880], 15. 17T-Channin Tankersley (16) [$850], 16. 47-Dale Howard (5) [$800], 17. 44b-Scott Bogucki (11) [$800], 18. 14-Jordon Mallett (20) [$800], 19. 8z-Zach Pringle (17) [$800], 20. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (14) [$800], 21. W20-Greg Wilson (19) ]$800] Note: w20-Greg Wilson and 14-Jordon Mallett were awarded the 19th and 20th “A” Main starting positions as the top two drivers in accumulated passing/finishing points from heat races and qualifiers over Friday and Saturday that had not already secured feature starting berths; 1x-Tim Crawley was awarded the 21st starting position via the I-30 Speedway track champion provisional. Lap Leaders: Blake Hahn 1, John Carney 2-20, Hahn 21-41.
  10. “The Guy” Hagar Wins Short Track Nationals Prelim by Lonnie Wheatley LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 4, 2019) – For the first time in his career, Marion, Arkansas native Derek “The Guy” Hagar reached victory lane in an STN feature event by wiring the field in Friday night’s 25-lap preliminary at the 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires atop the high-banked ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval. Courtesy of Lonnie Wheatley Hagar got the best of pole starter John Carney II on the initial start and then held off the El Paso native after a caution in the final five laps to take the $2,500 winner’s share in the STN appetizer aboard the Dynotech-powered Southern Collision Center No. 9jr J&J. “I was running as hard as I needed to keep the lead but was still trying to save the tires,” Hagar commented after besting last year’s previous best runner-up preliminary feature finish. Friday marked Hagar’s eighth career STN prelim feature run. Carney II earned the pole position over a field of 69 competitors after racing from fourth to first to win his heat race and then from sixth to first to win his qualifier to top the night’s point charts. However, it was outside front row starter Hagar diving into the first turn to take the opening lap lead. “I knew I had to get down in front of him right away,” Hagar commented. Hagar set the pace ahead of Carney II with Canada’s Dylan Westbrook moving to apply pressure for second until a lap nine bobble opened the door for Mississippi’s Dale Howard to take over third position. Working delicately through traffic from the ninth lap on, Hagar kept Carney II at bay until a caution flew with just four laps remaining when fourth-running Westbrook popped a right rear tire. Carney II tried to mount a challenge on the restart, but Hagar was up to the task and raced on to victory lane with Carney settling for runner-up honors aboard the Sander Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car “I probably shouldn’t have let him cut down on me like that getting into the first turn, but we’ll take second tonight,” Carney II commented. “It may go a little different for $10,041 to win.” Howard held off Seth Bergman in the closing laps to claim the show position with the Washington native next across the line in fourth. Harli White, who scored her first career ASCS Regional win at I-30 Speedway earlier this season, rounded out the top five. Ohio’s Greg Wilson crossed the stripe sixth in his STN return ahead of event rookie Justin Peck of Monrovia, IN. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., three-time STN runner-up including each of the past two years, was eighth with Cody Gardner and Justin Henderson completing the top ten. Heat races were won by Wilson, Hafertepe, Jr., Channin Tankersley, Westbrook, Carney II, Bergman, Sean McClelland and Riley Goodno while White, Jeremy Middleton, Bergman and Peck topped the qualifying races. Scott Bogucki and Tim Crawley won “C” Mains with Kyle Bellm and McClelland victorious in “B” Mains. Dewayne White became the first flip victim of the 2019 STN with a wild ride through turn one in the fourth heat with Cody Hays getting upside down as the next heat went green. Alex Hill got on her side in the First “C” Main with Mike Goodman banging the turn one cushion and taking a ride several laps later. There were no injuries. Defending STN champion was dicing tor the third and final transfer position in the Second “B” Main when he slipped off the top of turn two and did several donuts. Hahn returned to action but ran out of laps to reach a transfer. The 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway concludes with Saturday night’s $10,041-to-win tilt that features a full card of heat races, qualifying races, “C” Mains, “B” Mains and 41-lap STN championship “A” Main along with the Mike Pack Building Materials “Dash for Cash” and “Red Shirt Dash” in memory of Lanny Edwards. Racing action goes green at 7:30 p.m. 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Friday Night Results: Heat Races (Top 40 in Finishing/Passing Points to Qualifying Races; Balance to Two “C” Mains): First Heat (10 Laps): 1. W20-Greg Wilson (2), 2. 21s-Carson Short (3), 3. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (4), 4 3-Howard Moore (9), 5. 0-Eric Baldaccini (8), 6. 44b-Scott Bogucki (5), 7. 45-Monty Ferreira (6), 8. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (7), 9. 0mg-Mike Vaculik (1). Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (2), 2. 14-Jordon Mallett (1),3. 7-Justin Henderson (4), 4. 26-Marshall Skinner (7), 5. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (8), 6. 52-Blake Hahn (9), 7. 29-Pete Butler (5), 8. 29w-Wade Woolsey (6) 9. 44J-Jason Howell (3). Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 17T-Channin Tankersley (2), 2. 9jr-Derek Hagar (5), 3. 21p-Robbie Price (4), 4. 17w-Harli White (8), 5. 1x-Tim Crawley (3), 6. 12w-Dale Wester (7), 7. 5-Kory Bales (1), 8. 21m-Paxton Gregory (6). DNS: 2x-Tucker Doughty. Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1.47x-Dylan Westbrook (4), 2. 84-Brandon Hanks (3), 3. D6-Cody Gardner (6), 4. 9$-Kyle Clark (2), 5. 94-Jeff Swindell (5), 6. 21a-Koty Adams (9), 7. 48-Cody Stacy (1), 8. 95-Matt Covington (7), 9. 10k-Dewayne White (8). Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. J2-John Carney II (4), 2. 16p-Justin Peck (2), 3. 14k-Kyle Bellm (6), 4. 6-Dustin Gates (3), 5. 99-Blake Jenkins (8), 6. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (5), 7. 23p-Hunter Poe (1), 8. 3b-Chris Banja (7). DNS: 21k-Kevin Hinkle. Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 23b-Seth Bergman (1), 2. 47-Dale Howard (5), 3. 44m-Chris Martin (8), 4. 11x-Avery Goodman (3), 5. 33c-Casey Carter (2), 6. 2-Joseph Miller (7), 7. 1s-Joey Schmidt (4), 8. 92-Cody Hays (6). Seventh Heat (10 Laps): 1. 22-Sean McClelland (1), 2. 44h-Ronny Howard (3), 3. 13c-Chase Howard (6), 4. X-Charlie Louden (7), 5. 38-Rick Pringle (5), 6. 4-Tommy Snellgrove (2), 7. 11g-Mike Goodman (4). DNS: 15-Jase Randolph. Eighth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 22g-Riley Goodno (2), 2. 39-Brad Bowden (4), 3. 50z-Zach Chappell (3), 4. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (8), 5. 67-Hayden Martin (1), 6. 58-Clay Dow (5), 7. 21b-Brandon Hinkle (6), 8. 77x-Alex Hill (7). Qualifying Races – Top 14 in Combined Passing/Finishing Points to “A” Feature; Balance to “B” Mains First Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 17w-Harli White (2), 2. 47-Dale Howard (5), 3. 47x-Dylan Westbrook (6), 4. 14k-Kyle Bellm (3), 5. 52-Blake Hahn (9), 6. 14-Jordon Mallett (7), 7. 9$-Kyle Clark (10), 8. 22g-Riley Goodno (4), 9. 0-Eric Baldaccini (8), 10. 44h-Ronny Howard (1). Second Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. J2-John Carney II (6), 2. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (2), 3. W20-Greg Wilson (5), 4. 3-Howard Moore (4), 5. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (8), 6. 26-Marshall Skinner (1), 7. 94-Jeff Swindell (10), 8. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (7), 9. 13c-Chase Howard (3), 10. 21a-Koty Adams (9). Third Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 23b-Seth Bergman (3), 2. 21s-Carson Short (2), 3. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (5), 4. 7-Justin Henderson (7), 5. 39-Brad Bowden (4), 6. 44m-Chris Martin (6), 7. 6-Dustin Gates (9), 8. X-Charlie Louden (1), 9. 38-Rick Pringle (10), 10. 99-Blake Jenkins (8). Fourth Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 16p-Justin Peck (1), 2. 9jr-Derek Hagar (6), 3. D6-Cody Gardner (4), 4. 22-Sean McClelland (3), 5. 84-Brandon Hanks (2), 6. 17T-Channin Tankersley (5), 7. 21p-Robbie Price (7), 8. 50z-Zach Chappell (8), 9. 12w-Dale Wester (10), 10. 11x-Avery Goodman (9). “C” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to Corresponding “B” Feature First “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 44b-Scott Bogucki (1), 2. 58-Cody Dow (4), 3. 45-Monty Ferreira (3), 4. 2x-Tucker Doughty (10), 5. 33c-Casey Carter (2), 6. 48-Cody Stacy (8), 7. 29w-Wade Woolsey (9), 8. 29-Pebe Butler (6), 9. 11g-Mike Goodman (5), 10. 77x-Alex Hill (7). DNS: 2-Joseph Miller, 95-Matt Covington, 92-Cody Hays, 44J-Jason Howell, 15-Jase Randolph. Second “C” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 1x-Tim Crawley (1), 2. 67-Hayden Martin (2), 3. 1s-Joey Schmidt (6), 4. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek (7), 5. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (3), 6. 21b-Brandon Hinkle (5), 7. 21m-Paxton Gregory (11), 8. 23p-Humter Poe (10), 9. 4-Tommy Snellgrove (4), 10. 3b-Chris Banja (8), 11. 0mg-Mike Vaculik (12), 12. 5-Kory Bales (9). DNS: 10k-Dewayne White, 21k-Kevin Hinkle. “B” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to “A: First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 14k-Kyle Bellm (1), 2. 44m-Chris Martin (2), 3. 17T-Channin Tankersley (4), 4. 39-Brad Bowden (3), 5. 14-Jordon Mallett (5), 6. 22g-Riley Goodno (6), 7. 94-Jeff Swindell (8), 8. 21p-Robbie Price (7), 9. 50z-Zach Chappell (9), 10. 44b-Scott Bogucki (14), 11. 99-Blake Jenkins (12), 12. 58-Cody Dow (13), 13. X-Charlie Louden (10), 14. 44h-Ronny Howard (11), 15. 45-Monty Ferreira (15). DNS: 21a-Koty Adams. Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 22-Sean McClelland (1), 2. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (2), 3. 9$-Kyle Clark (6), 4. 26-Marshall Skinner (5), 5. 84-Brandon Hanks (4), 6. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (8), 7. 1x-Tim Crawley (14), 8. 6-Dustin Gates (7), 9. 67-Hayden Martin (13), 10. 52-Blake Hahn (3), 11. 12w-Dale Wester (12), 12. 13c-Chase Howard (9), 13. 0-Eric Baldaccini (10), 14. 38-Rick Pringle (11). DNS: 11x-Avery Goodman, 1s-Joey Schmidt. “A” Feature A Feature (25 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 9jr-Derek Hagar (2), 2. J2-John Carney II (1), 3. 47-Dale Howard (3), 4. 23b-Seth Bergman (5), 5. 17w-Harli White (6), 6. W20-Greg Wilson (7), 7. 16p-Justin Peck (9), 8. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (8), 9. D6-Cody Gardner (11), 10. 7-Justin Henderson (13, 11. 21s-Carson Short (12), 12. 14k-Kyle Bellm (15), 13. 17T-Channin Tankersley (19), 14. 9$-Kyle Clark (20), 15. 44m-Chris Martin (17), 16. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (10), 17. 47x-Dylan Westbrook (4), 18. 3-Howard Moore (14), 19. 12h-Tony Bruce, Jr. (18), 20. 22-Sean McClelland (16). Lap Leaders: Derek Hagar 1-25.
  11. Reutzel Runs Season Win Total to 15 – Looks for More in this Weekend’s All Star Triple by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (September 19, 2019) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team just keep rolling right along. Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X team made it at least one win in each of the five weekends since a top-five finish at the Knoxville Nationals with a $12,554 triumph at Atomic Speedway’s Dean Knittel Memorial finale on Saturday night. The triumph ran Reutzel’s season win total to 15 and pushed his All Star Circuit of Champions points lead to 54 markers with just four nights of series competition remaining. Three of those nights take place this weekend, beginning with Friday night’s Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial at central Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway before moving on to Lincoln Speedway on Saturday and then Maryland’s Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday. This weekend’s triple wraps up a string of big money weekends in All Star Circuit of Champions competition with as much $30,000 up for grabs including a $20,000 winner’s share in Saturday’s Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway. Last weekend’s three-race set at Chillicothe’s Atomic Speedway opened with Reutzel posting finishes of fifth and fourth on Thursday and Friday before climbing to the top rung of the ladder in Saturday’s big-money finale aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. Reutzel began each of the three nights in identical fashion by establishing the night’s quickest time in qualifying. It ran his number of quick times on the season to an astounding total of 20. “Some of it is our cars and some of it is just the pill draw,” Reutzel said of his penchant for timing in quickest on the night. In the Thursday night feature, Reutzel entered the mix for the lead and then settled for fifth in the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry after contact with the wall. “We were a little off in the feature, but I still thought we had a car to win,” Reutzel explains. “But I smacked the fence and knocked the ladder off so I just hung on for fifth.” On Friday, Reutzel improved a position to finish fourth. “We missed it in the feature, but we were starting up front and I thought I might be able to hold them off with the track conditions,” Reutzel says. “But I hit a rut and bounced off the track and we just rode in fourth the rest of the way.” Reutzel and the BRM No. 87 saved the best of the weekend for last, leading all 30 laps of the feature to pocket the $12,554 winner’s share. “We finally put the whole thing together between the car and the driver,” Reutzel says. “The car was flawless all night.” Reutzel and crew will try to keep that momentum going with this weekend’s set of events in central Pennsylvania and Maryland. 2019 Quick Stats: 73 races, 15 wins, 35 top-fives, 48 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA) on Friday, Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) on Saturday and Hagerstown (MD) 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-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.
  12. Crucial All Star Weekend Looms for Reutzel after Another Win by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (August 22, 2019) – Another All Star Circuit of Champions weekend resulted in another win for Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team. Now, just a few points out of the lead, the reigning series champion takes on a four-race weekend in central Pennsylvania as he tries to recapture the point lead following an unfortunate DNF last Friday night in Michigan. “This is the weekend that won us the championship last year,” the driver of the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car commented. “We went in just a few points behind Paul (McMahan) and had a really good weekend. Now we’re just a few behind Dale (Blaney). Hopefully we can have the same kind of finishes that we had last year.” It’s a weekend that begins at Grandview Speedway on Thursday before moving on to the storied Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, Lincoln Speedway on Saturday and then BAPS Motor Speedway on Sunday. The same swing last year netted a win at Grandview along with a third-place finish at the Grove and then fifth-place runs at Lincoln and BAPS. Reutzel enters the four-race stretch coming off seventh series win of the year last Saturday at Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway. After being taken out by another car under red flag conditions the previous night, Reutzel meant business from the beginning at Plymouth aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. He set a new track record of 12.233 seconds in qualifying and then earned the pole position for the 30-lap feature with a Dash win before leading all 30 laps for his ninth overall win of the season. It got a little closer than the pilot of the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine might have liked though. “I got to the first group of lapped cars and they were all running the same line, so I was able to get through them pretty well,” Reutzel explained. “The second group was racing each other and I slowed my pace down to get through them. I almost slowed down too much and (Brock) Zearfoss nearly got to us.” It could have easily been a weekend sweep after Reutzel was in command at Michigan’s I-96 Speedway the previous night. After setting another quick time, Reutzel led the way until a red flag flew and another car ended his night. “We were out front and I was just trying to burn down some laps and not do anything stupid,” Reutzel says. “They called a red flag over the radio, so I slowed down and just got taken out.” The DNF proved costly in terms of points. Reutzel and the BRM No. 87 team look to regain that ground in central Pennsylvania this weekend. 2019 Quick Stats: 59 races, 9 wins, 26 top-fives, 36 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA) on Thursday, Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA) on Friday, Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) on Saturday and BAPS Motor Speedway (Newberrytown, PA) on Sunday. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  13. Reutzel Back on the All Star Title Hunt after Top Five Knoxville Nationals Finish by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (August 16, 2019) – After another stellar Knoxville Nationals effort, Aaron Reutzel resumes his pursuit of a second consecutive All Star Circuit of Champions title with a pair of events in Michigan and Indiana this weekend. Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team take to Lake Odessa, Michigan’s I-96 Speedway for the first time on Friday night before moving on to Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night. Reutzel was victorious in his first visit to Plymouth Speedway last year. The driver of the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car enters the weekend after posting his second consecutive top-five Knoxville Nationals finish after earning Hard Charger honors with a run through the field to seventh in 2017. After earning a fourth-place finish, this time Reutzel finished out the Nationals with a fifth-place run aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. Reutzel had earned the pole position for the $150,000-to-win event by virtue of a strong qualifying time on Thursday followed up by a critical eighth-to-second place run in heat race action and then a fifth-place feature finish aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. And Reutzel started the Saturday night feature in strong form. Perhaps too strong. “We were way too good early,” Reutzel says. “I knew we might be in trouble then.” Leading the way until the 14th round, Reutzel still held on to second until the midway break in the 50-lapper. “I knew I was getting loose, so I started searching around and didn’t make very good laps,” Reutzel explained. With a chance to make adjustments, Reutzel and crew gambled on adjustments to better their chances for a victory over the final 25 circuits. “We ended up making too many changes and got the car too tight for the last half of the race,” Reutzel comments. The reigning All Star Circuit of Champions titlist still raced to a fifth-place finish to make for another successful Knoxville Nationals outing for the BRM No. 87 team. “We wanted that win, but it was still another great weekend for our team and something we can continue to build on,” Reutzel concluded. Now, with a slim lead in the All Star title defense, the team looks to build upon that with events in Michigan and Indiana this weekend. 2019 Quick Stats: 57 races, 8 wins, 25 top-fives, 35 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI) on Friday and Plymouth (IN) Speedway on Saturday. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  14. Bubak Banks Second Consecutive Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals Triumph by Lonnie Wheatley BELLEVILLE, Kan. (August 3, 2019) – Jake Bubak kept his Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals perfection alive by storming to a $7,000 payday in Saturday night’s United Rebel Sprint Series-sanctioned Second Annual Belleville 305 Nationals 30-lap finale atop the ½-mile Belleville High Banks clay oval. Courtesy of Lonnie Wheatley It completed an improbably duplication of last year’s Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals two-night sweep with the Arvada, CO, shoe now four-for-four in event competition aboard the Coyote Candle Company No. 74x Sprint Car. While Bubak didn’t wire the field this time around, he bettered himself in the lapped cars department by leaving just six other cars on the lead lap after lapping all but seven other cars in last year’s inaugural event. This time, Eagle, Nebraska’s Tyler Drueke earned the pole position for the feature with Bubak alongside. But it was fourth-starter Jason Martin gunning into the lead on the initial circuit ahead of Bubak, Jed Werner and Drueke. Martin held off Bubak for a half dozen rounds before Bubak powered by for the point. Martin tried to fight back, but Bubak began to slip away as the laps clicked off. Bubak reached traffic in short order and spent the last two-thirds of the feature event slicing through the field. By the time the checkered flag flew, Bubak held more than a half-lap advantage over Drueke, who made a late move past Martin to snare runner-up honors. Martin settled for the show position behind Bubak and Drueke with Luke Cranston picking off several positions in the closing circuits to snare fourth. J.D. Johnson rounded out the top five with Joe Wood, Jr. and Jed Werner the final cars on the lead lap. Ty Williams was eighth with Shane Sundquist and Buddy Tubbs completing the top ten. The original start to the feature was waved off when Jeremy Huish got into the turn one guardrail and suffered race-ending damage. One lap later, Trey Gropp took a wild ride in turn one that precipitated a red flag. Gropp walked away from the damage, picking up Hard Luck honors. Cranston, Bubak, Drueke, J.D. Johnson and Werner topped heat race action with Drueke, Zach Blurton, Bubak and Williams winning the qualifying races. Before Gropp’s “A” Main tumble, T.J. Cain became the weekend’s first flip victim when he tumbled down the backstretch on the opening lap of the fifth and final heat race. Nebraska’s Shayle Bade and Arkansas’ Tim Crawley, who suffered ignition box woes that sidelined him from heat race action, both earned “B” Main wins. Both “B” Mains featured spirited battles for the fourth and final transfer position with Kyler Johnson battling past Blake Scott in the first “B” Main and then Todd Plemons edging Dalton Stevens in the second “B” Main. Second Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals Night Two August 3, 2019 Results: Heat Races: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 11-Luke Cranston, 2. 54-Trey Gropp, 3. 2b-Brett Becker, 4. 03x-Joe Wood, Jr., 5. 2J-Zach Blurton, 6. 17-Todd Plemons, 7. Kevin Schramek, 8. 99x-Dalton Stevens. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 74b-Jake Bubak, 2. 7x-Shane Sundquist, 3. 5x-Jason Martin, 4. 0-Steven Richardson, 5. 03-Shayle Bade, 6. 6-Mark Walinder, 7. 75-Nick Nichols, 8. 1-Ryan Oerter. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 12-Tyler Drueke, 2. 29s-Blake Scott, 3. 911-Ty Williams, 4. 27-Andy Shouse, 5. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 6. 16-Scott Cochran, 7. 27b-Keith Rauch, 8. 82c-Christian Kinnison. Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 98-J.D. Johnson, 2. 7-Toby Chapman, 3. 15-Jack Potter, 4. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 5. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 6. 24-Cody Hays, 7. 45-Lonnie Cos, 8. 23-Donovan Wise (DQ-Crossed scales below the minimum weight after finishing third). Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 50-Jed Werner, 2. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 3. 1s-Ryan Voss, 4. 9-John Webster, 5. 67-T.J. Cain, 6. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 7. 911x-Tim Crawley (DNS), 8. 74-Jon Freeman (DNS). Qualifying Races (Top 16 in combined finishing/passing points from Heats and Qualifiers to “A” Main/Balance to two “B” Mains) Qualifier One (8 Laps): 1. 12-Tyler Drueke, 2. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 3. 7x-Shane Sundquist, 4. 11-Luke Cranston, 5. 1s-Ryan Voss, 6. 24-Cody Hays, 7. 17-Todd Plemons, 8. 9-John Webster, 9. 23-Donovan Wise, 10. 67-T.J. Cain (DNS). Qualifier Two (8 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton, 2. 50-Jed Werner, 3. 98-J.D. Johnson, 4. 03-Shayle Bade, 5. 29s-Blake Scott, 6. 54-Trey Gropp, 7. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 8. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 9. 6-Mark Walinder, 10. 75-Nick Nichols. Qualifier Three (8 Laps): 1. 74b-Jake Bubak, 2. 0-Steven Richardson, 3. 03x-Joe Wood, Jr., 4. 911x-Tim Crawley, 5. 7-Toby Chapman, 6. 2b-Brett Becker, 7. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 8. 4s-Kevin Schramek, 9. 82c-Christian Kinnison, 10. 27b-Keith Rauch (DNS). Qualifier Four (8 Laps): 1. 911-Ty Williams, 2. 5x-Jason Martin, 3. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 4. 27-Andy Shouse, 5. 15-Jack Potter, 6. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 7. 16-Scott Cochran, 8. 74-Jon Freeman, 9. 1-Ryan Oerter, 10. 45-Lonnie Cox (DNS). “B” Mains (Top 4 from each advance to “A” Main) “B” Feature One (12 Laps): 1. 03-Shayle Bade, 2. 27-Andy Shouse, 3. 16-Scott Cochran, 4. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 5. 29s-Blake Scott, 6. 9-John Webster, 7. 82c-Christian Kinnison, 8. 75-Nick Nichols, 9. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 10. 4s-Kevin Schramek (DNS), 11. 67-T.J. Cain (DNS), 12. 45-Lonnie Cox (DNS). “B” Feature Two (12 Laps): 1. 911x-Tim Crawley, 2. 7-Toby Chapman, 3. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 4. 17-Todd Plemons, 5. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 6. 24-Cody Hays, 7. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 8. 6-Mark Walinder, 9. 74-Jon Freeman, 10. 1-Ryan Oerter, 11. 23-Donovan Wise, 12. 27b-Keith Rauch (DNS). Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals Preliminary “A” Main “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 74b-Jake Bubak (2) [$7,000], 2. 12-Tyler Drueke (1) [$3,500], 3. 5x-Jason Martin (4) [$3,000], 4. 11-Luke Cranston (9) [$2,500], 5. 98-J.D. Johnson (7) [$2,000], 6. 03x-Joe Wood, Jr., (8) [$1,750], 7. 50-Jed Werner (3) [$1,650], 8. 911-Ty Williams (5) [$1,600], 9. 7x-Shane Sundquist (10) [$1,550], 10. 95-Buddy Tubbs (6) [$1,500], 11. 0-Steven Richardson (14) [$1,450], 12. 15-Jack Potter (11) [$1,400], 13. 27-Andy Shouse (19) [$1,350], 14. 911x-Tim Crawley (18) [$1,300], 15. 16-Scott Cochran (21) [$1,250], 16. 03-Shayle Bade (17) [$1,200], 17. 45x-Kyler Johnson (23) [$1,150], 18. 2J-Zach Blurton (12) ($1,100], 19. 2b-Brett Becker (16) [$1,050], 20. 1s-Ryan Voss (13) [$1,000], 21. 7-Toby Chapman (20) [$1,000], 22. 17-Todd Plemons (24) [$1,000], 23. 54-Trey Gropp (15) [$1,000], 24. 88J-Jeremy Huish (22) [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Jason Martin 1-6, Jake Bubak 7-30.
  15. Bubak Shines Again in Belleville 305 Nationals Preliminary by Lonnie Wheatley BELLEVILLE, Kan. (August 2, 2019) – Jake Bubak continues to find the Belleville High Banks to his liking. That was evident with his $2,500 triumph in Friday night’s United Rebel Sprint Series-sanctioned Second Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals preliminary atop the lightning-fast half-mile clay oval aboard the Coyote Candle Company No. 74b entry. Coutesy of Lonnie Wheatley It marked the Arvada, Colorado racer’s fourth consecutive score atop the High Banks including a sweep of last year’s Inaugural edition of the Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals. After earning the pole position for the feature, Bubak had his hands full throughout with Jason Martin pushing him to the limit. In fact, Martin gunned into the lead from the front row outside upon the drop of the green flag and paced the initial four laps before Bubak battled by on the top side. Bubak began to slip away from Martin’s grasp after several laps and encountered traffic on the 12th round just as a caution flew for Craig Dollansky, who slowed just three laps after taking third away from Jed Werner. Martin made a bid for the lead on the restart with the duo side-by-side for nearly a lap before Bubak reestablished command. The same scenario played out again four laps later when a final caution flew for Luke Cranston’s stalled mount. Bubak fought off Martin over the closing circuits with Arkansas’ filling out the podium in third. Werner was fourth with J.D. Johnson rounding out the top five. Ty Williams advanced a half-dozen positions to claim sixth with Tyler Drueke turning in the night’s top passing performance by rallying from 18th to seventh. Joe Wood, Jr., was eighth with Zach Blurton and Brett Becker completing the top ten. Cranston, Bubak, Martin, Werner and Andy Shouse topped heat race action for the 41-car field with Dollansky, Bubak, Williams and Buddy Tubbs victorious in the qualifying races. Todd Plemons and Drueke bested the twin “B” Mains. The Inaugural Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals wraps up with Saturday night’s $7,000-to-win tilt getting under way at 7:30 p.m. Second Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals Night One August 2, 2019 Results: Heat Races: Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 11-Luke Cranston, 2. 911-Ty Williams, 3. 6-Mark Walinder, 4. E85-Craig Dollansky, 5. 16-Scott Cochran, 6. 9-John Webster, 7. 82c-Christian Kinnison, 8. 27b-Keith Rauch, 9. 7x-Shane Sundquist. Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 74b-Jake Bubak, 2. 2b-Brett Becker, 3. 03x-Joe Wood, Jr., 4. 0-Steven Richardson, 5. 54-Trey Gropp, 6. 45-Lonnie Cox, 7. 29n-Larry Neighbors (DNS), 8. 75-Nick Nichols (DNS). Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 5x-Jason Martin, 2. 2J-Zach Blurton, 3. 29s-Blake Scott, 4. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 5. 17-Todd Plemons, 6. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 7. 24-Cody Hays, 8. 1-Ryan Oerter. Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 50-Jed Werner, 2. 7-Toby Chapman, 3. 98-J.D. Johnson, 4. 911x-Tim Crawley, 5. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 6. 23-Donovan Wise, 7. 74-Jon Freeman, 8. 67-T.J. Cain. Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 27-Andy Shouse, 2. 15-Jack Potter, 3. 03-Shayle Bade 4. 12-Tyler Drueke, 5. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 6. 1s-Ryan Voss, 7. 4s-Kevin Schramek, 8. 99x-Dalton Stevens. Qualifying Races (Top 16 in combined finishing/passing points from Heats and Qualifiers to “A” Main/Balance to two “B” Mains) Qualifier One (8 Laps): 1. E85-Craig Dollansky, 2. 5x-Jason Martin, 3. 2b-Brett Becker, 4. 6-Mark Walinder, 5. 11-Luke Cranston, 6. 54-Trey Gropp, 7. 24-Cody Hays, 8. 9-John Webster, 9. 27b-Keith Rauch, 10. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 11. 75-Nick Nichols (DNS). Qualifier Two (8 Laps): 1. 74b-Jake Bubak, 2. 03x-Joe Wood, Jr., 3. 12-Tyler Drueke, 4. 0-Steven Richardson, 5. 7-Toby Chapman, 6. 7x-Shane Sundquist, 7. 27-Andy Shouse, 8. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 9. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 10 .74-Jon Freeman (DNS). Qualifier Three (8 Laps): 1. 911x-Ty Williams, 2. 03-Shayle Bade, 3. 2J-Zach Blurton, 4. 50-Jed Werner, 5. 911-Ty Williams, 6. 1s-Ryan Voss, 7. 82c-Christian Kinnison, 8. 1-Ryan Oerter, 9. 45-Lonnie Cox (DNS), 10. 67-T.J. Cain (DNS). Qualifier Four (8 Laps): 1. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 2. 98-J.D. Johnson, 3. 17-Todd Plemons, 4. 29s-Blake Scott, 5. 16-Scott Cochran, 6. 15-Jack Potter, 7. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 8. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 9. 4s-Kevin Schramek, 10. 23-Donovan Wise. “B” Mains (Top 4 from each advance to “A” Main) “B” Feature One (12 Laps): 1. 17-Todd Plemons, 2. 54-Trey Gropp, 3. 6-Mark Walinder, 4. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 5. 27-Andy Shouse, 6. 23-Donovan Wise, 7. 24-Cody Hays, 8. 9-John Webster, 9. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 10. 4s-Kevin Schramek, 11. 88J-Jeremy Huish (DNS), 12. 74-Jon Freeman (DNS), 13. 75-Nick Nichols (DNS). “B” Feature Two (12 Laps): 1. 12-Tyler Drueke, 2. 7x-Shane Sundquist, 3. 15-Jack Potter, 4. 1s-Ryan Voss, 5. 16-Scott Cochran, 6. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 7. 99x-Dalton Stevens, 8. 82c-Christian Kinnison, 9. 27b-Keith Rauch, 10. 67-T.J. Cain, 11. 45-Lonnie Cox (DNS), 12. 1-Ryan Oerter (DNS). Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals Preliminary “A” Main “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 74b-Jake Bubak (1), 2. 5x-Jason Martin (2), 3. 911x-Tim Crawley (6), 4. 50-Jed Werner (4), 5. 98-J.D. Johnson (3), 6. 911-Ty Williams (12), 7. 12-Tyler Drueke (18), 8. 03x-Joe Wood, Jr. (10), 9. 2J-Zach Blurton (8), 10. 2b-Brett Becker (7), 11. 03-Shayle Bade (11), 12. 7-Toby Chapman (15), 13. 95-Buddy Tubbs (13), 14. 54-Trey Gropp (19), 15. 29s-Blake Scott (14), 16. 15-Jack Potter (22) 17. 7x-Shane Sundquist (20), 18. 6-Mark Walinder (21), 19. 17-Todd Plemons (17), 20. 45x-Kyler Johnson (23), 21. 1s-Ryan Voss (24), 22. 0-Steven Richardson (16), 23. 11-Luke Cranston (9), 24. E85-Craig Dollansky (5). Lap Leaders: Jason Martin 1-4, Jake Bubak 5-20.
  16. Courtney wins USAC “Midwest Midget Championship” finale at Jefferson County Speedway by Lonnie Wheatley FAIRBURY, Neb. (July 13, 2019) – Current NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series points leader Tyler Courtney finished off Jefferson County Speedway’s Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation by storming to victory lane in Saturday night’s 40-lap feature event atop the 1/5-mile clay oval. Courtney took advantage of a Kevin Thomas, Jr, miscue on a lap five restart to take command after starting from the pole position and led the frantic final 36 laps aboard the Clauson-Marshall Racing No. 7bc NOS Energy Drink Toyota-powered entry. It wasn’t without some late drama though, as Thomas, Jr., had one last shot at stealing the win after a final caution that set up a four-lap dash to the stripe. “I saw someone there racing with me for the win,” Courtney said in victory lane. “I hadn’t been on the bottom of the track since early in the race so I knew I just had to keep hitting my marks up top.” While Courtney started from the pole position, it was front row outside starter Thomas, Jr., jumping into the initial lead as Courtney fell back to fourth behind Jerry Coons, Jr., and Tanner Thorson on the opening lap. Courtney rebounded quickly though by getting back up to second by the time the first of three cautions flew after four laps for 2016 Fairbury winner Chad Boat. And when Thomas, Jr., stumbled on the turn two cushion on the restart, Courtney took quick advantage and raced into a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish aside from a few backstretch feet on the 38th lap. A 22-lap green flag stretch had the leaders dicing through traffic much of the way until Brady Bacon came to a stop outside of turn two with 26 laps in the books. And, by that time, Courtney had three lapped cars separating himself from Thomas, Jr., and reigning series champion Logan Seavey. Courtney raced away on open track as Thomas, Jr., and Seavey lost ground working lapped traffic. The advantage was negated when Ethan Mitchell spun to a stop in turn three with just four laps to go. Thomas, Jr., challenged on the final restart, edging ahead briefly exiting turn two on the 38th lap. Courtney continued to rail the topside and made it work for his sixth series win of the year. “We brought our game tonight,” Courtney explained. “We have to capitalize on nights like this when we start up front.” Thomas, Jr., settled for second in the Petry Motorsports No. 5 entry. “Other than my mistake early in the race, I felt like we had equal cars,” Thomas, Jr., commented. “I tried to sneak by and it worked until I got in the grease and pushed up.” Seavey settled for the show position in the Keith Kunz Motorsports Mobil 1 No. 67 Toyota-powered machine. “Those last ten laps were a lot of fun, this track is always fun to race at,” Seavey said Coons, Jr., crossed the stripe fourth while Tyler Thomas earned Hard Charger honors by rounding out the top five after starting 11th. Friday night winner Jason McDougal was sixth with Tanner Carrick, Tanner Thorson, Chris Windom and Tucker Klaasmeyer completing the top ten. Seavey set quick time in qualifying for the second night in a row, stopping the clocks this time at 11.412 seconds before racing to a heat race win as well along with T. Thomas and Zeb Wise. Along with title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other sponsors that are making the “Midwest Midget Championship” possible include Napa Auto Parts, Pollman Appliance, Chappell Roofing, Ole' Red 99.5, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Z-4 Trucking, Criner's Corner, Vaughn Contracting, Starr Plumbing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Visitors Committee, Budweiser, Hepfner Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Keizer Wheels, EMI, Mud-X, Speedway Motors, Outlaw Wings. NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets “Midwest Midget Championship” at Jefferson County Speedway Night Two – July 13, 2019 Results: FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.412; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.422; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-11.454; 4. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.476; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-11.530; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.550; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.584; 8. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-11.588; 9. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.651; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.652; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.700; 12. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.746; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.749; 14. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-11.768; 15. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.794; 16. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.891; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-11.973; 18. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.982; 19. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-12.139; 20. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-12.373; 21. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-12.572; 22. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-12.693; 23. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-12.919. SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Lance Bennett, 8. Curtis Spicer. 2:04.92 COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chad Boat, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Olivia Bennett. NT AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. A.J. Valim, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Andrew Layser. 2:03.04 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Logan Seavey (6), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (11), 6. Jason McDougal (8), 7. Tanner Carrick (7), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Chris Windom (9), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 11. Zeb Wise (15), 12. Chad Boat (5), 13. Shannon McQueen (13), 14. Andrew Layser (18), 15. Sam Johnson (16), 16. Ethan Mitchell (12), 17. Curtis Spicer (22), 18. Brady Bacon (14), 19. Robert Dalby (17), 20. Lance Bennett (19), 21. Tyler Seavey (20), 22. Olivia Bennett (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 5-40 Tyler Courtney. KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (11th to 5th) WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1039, 2-Logan Seavey-949, 3-Chris Windom-926, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-872, 5-Zeb Wise-842, 6-Chad Boat-814, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-754, 8-Tanner Carrick-724, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-699, 10-Jason McDougal-657. NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Thomas-23, 2-Jerry Coons, Jr.-16, 3-Jonathan Beason-12, 4-Logan Seavey-11, 5-Chad Boat-11, 6-Zeb Wise-11, 7-Tyler Courtney-10, 8-Matt Sherrell-10, 9-Curtis Spicer-9, 10-Chris Windom-8.
  17. McDougal Masters USAC Midwest Midget Championship Night One at Jefferson County by Lonnie Wheatley FAIRBURY, Neb. (July 12, 2019) – The opening night of Jefferson County Speedway’s Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation offered up a first-time NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget series feature winner with Jason McDougal topping Friday night’s 30-lap feature atop the 1/5-mile clay oval. Courtesy of USAC McDougal assumed the point when early leader Tanner Thorson ran afoul of lapped traffic on the 19th circuit and then kept the Clauson-Marshall Racing duo of Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom at bay over the final dozen circuits to secure the $3,000 triumph aboard the FMR No. 76m entry. “This is amazing, it’s such a great feeling to finally get one for this team,” the Broken Arrow, OK native commented in victory lane. “Tanner (Thorson) was gone by a straightaway or so, but Bob (East) always gets this thing pretty tight at the beginning so we’re always fast for the last five laps.” While McDougal gridded the feature field outside the second row, 2017 Fairbury USAC Midget winner Tanner Thorson led the feature field to the green flag with California’s Robert Dalby alongside. Thorson gunned into the early lead with McDougal making a move past Dalby soon after a lap five caution for Tyler Thomas’ turn four spin into an infield tire. McDougal tried to chase down Thorson’s Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 98 entry, but the Nevada native held off the young Oklahoma racer until spinning to a stop on the frontstretch on the 19th lap after contact with a lapped car. McDougal slipped through the skirmish unharmed with third-runner Kevin Thomas, Jr., and fourth-place contender Tucker Klaasmeyer collected in the scrum as well. Thomas, Jr., left on the hook, Thorson returned after a quick trip to the work area and Klaasmeyer returned as well only to flip down the backstretch one lap later. Set for an 11-lap dash to the checkered flag, McDougal had the NOS Energy Drink CMR duo of Windom and 12th-starting Courtney breathing down his neck the rest of the way. McDougal opened up a slight advantage until Courtney finally battled past Windom for second on the high side. Courtney and Windom closed in over the final handful of rounds with Courtney falling just two car-lengths short at the stripe as Windom settled for the show position. “I think one more lap and we would have had him, but it’s only 30 laps,” Courtney said of the close finish. Windom explained that, “It was a crazy race that first half, then it widened out some at the end. Jason was a little better than us on the bottom, then I saw Tyler come by the outside of me and I moved up and we both ran him down. I wish we would have moved up a little sooner, I think we could have got to Jason. It’s good to be on the podium again, but we’re looking for wins.” Chad Boat, a 2016 winner at Fairbury, advanced from ninth to fourth with fellow Arizona shoe and tenth-starter Jerry Coons, Jr., rounding out the top five. Tyler Thomas rebounded from the early incident to claim sixth with current series points leader Logan Seavey, Andrew Layser, Zeb Wise and Dalby completing the top ten. After Seavey set a new track record of 10.685 seconds in qualifying, Tanner Carrick, Klaasmeyer and Boat each scored heat race wins. The Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation wraps up with Saturday night’s card that gets under way with qualifying at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. The JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprints round out Saturday’s tilt. General admission tickets to the event are just $20 for adults with high school students and younger just $5. All access pit passes are available for $35. Reserved seats and reserved camping spots are available at www.jeffersoncountyspeedway.com or at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?store=11981. Other camping and area information is available at https://www.visitoregontrail.org/ and http://fairburychamber.org/. Along with title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other sponsors that are making the “Midwest Midget Championship” possible include Napa Auto Parts, Pollman Appliance, Chappell Roofing, Ole' Red 99.5, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Z-4 Trucking, Criner's Corner, Vaughn Contracting, Starr Plumbing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Visitors Committee, Budweiser, Hepfner Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Keizer Wheels, EMI, Mud-X, Speedway Motors, Outlaw Wings. The 1/5-mile Jefferson County Speedway is located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Fairbury, NE, at 56885 Pwf Rd, Fairbury, Nebraska 68352. NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets “Midwest Midget Championship” at Jefferson County Speedway Night One – July 12, 2019 Results: FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.685 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-10.758; 3. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-10.842; 4. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.898; 5. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.910; 6. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-10.939; 7. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.947; 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.951; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.962; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-10.984; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.984; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.985; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.036; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.059; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.097; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.141; 17. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-11.176; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.301; 19. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-11.930; 20. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-11.944; 21. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-11.976; 22. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-11.993; 23. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-NT; 24. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT. SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. A.J. Valim, 8. Olivia Bennett. 1:56.27 (New Track Record) COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Tyler Seavey, 8. Curtis Spicer. 1:56.73 AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Lance Bennett. NT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (12), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Chad Boat (9), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 6. Tyler Thomas (14), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Andrew Layser (7), 9. Zeb Wise (11), 10. Robert Dalby (2), 11. Brady Bacon (16), 12. Tanner Carrick (13), 13. Tanner Thorson (1), 14. Ethan Mitchell (18), 15. Sam Johnson (15), 16. Shannon McQueen (17), 17. Lance Bennett (19), 18. Curtis Spicer (22), 19. Olivia Bennett (20), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 22. Tyler Seavey (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT ---------------------------- **Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped in turn 3 on lap 20. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tanner Thorson, Laps 19-30 Jason McDougal.
  18. Reutzel Runs Win Total to Seven – New York Triple on Deck this Weekend by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (July 12, 2019) – Another weekend of All Star Circuit of Champions competition netted another win for reigning series champion Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team. Reutzel is looking for more this weekend with a set of events in New York beginning at Utica-Rome Speedway on Friday that is in neither Utica nor Rome but in Vernon. From there, action shifts to Middletown’s Orange County Speedway on Saturday and then West Lebanon’s Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday. “It’s really the start of another Speedweek for us,” Reutzel says. “We do these three nights, then we get one night off before five straight nights with the World of Outlaws in Ohio.” Reutzel rides into New York with momentum on the side of the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X team after a triumph at Lernerville Speedway last Friday and then a fifth-place finish at Sharon Speedway on Saturday. And Reutzel will be the first to admit that the Sharon finish could have been a better one. “I set fast time by three-tenths of a second,” Reutzel said of his qualifying run. “I guess I was thinking about something on the car, and I just drove right past the scales and back to the pits. I haven’t done that since the Micro Sprint days.” With his time disallowed, Reutzel rallied from last in his heat race to third to secure the 13th starting position for the feature. Running around tenth midway through the feature, Reutzel got on the move and made his way up to fifth in the closing laps aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. “(Dale) Blaney was on his own level, but I think we had a second-place car,” Reutzel recalls. “It was a good rebound for us after getting off to a bad start.” After setting quick time the previous night at Lernerville, Reutzel and the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions team dealt with some adversity to achieve their seventh win of the year. “The motor had a stumble and it wouldn’t clear out, and we couldn’t figure out exactly what the issue was,” Reutzel explains. “So, after the Dash, we changed everything motor and fuel related.” The hard work in the pit area paid off, with Reutzel needing just eight laps to race into the lead from seventh en route to another win. “I was able to run right through the middle of the track and went straight to the lead,” Reutzel says of his fifth series win of the year. Reutzel looks to chalk up more wins this weekend in the Empire State. 2019 Quick Stats: 39 races, 7 wins, 16 top-fives, 24 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Utica-Rome Speedway on Friday, Orange County Fair Speedway on Saturday and Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday. For those unable to attend, all three nights will be available live via PPV at www.speedshifttv.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  19. Seavey Strikes for “Tuesday Night Thunder” Glory at Red Dirt Raceway! by Lonnie Wheatley MEEKER, Okla. (July 9, 2019) – In a NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget feature event that offered up more twists and turns than the country highways and byways leading to Red Dirt Raceway, Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey emerged to take “Tuesday Night Thunder” honors atop the ¼-mile red clay oval. With three and four-wide battles the norm throughout the 30-lapper, the reigning series champion railed the topside of the track to take the lead away from Jerry Coons, Jr., on the 24th round and led the final seven circuits to pocket the $3,000 winner’s share aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports Mobil 1 No. 67. Posting his second series win of the year, Seavey was chased to the stripe by Clauson-Marshall Racing rep Zeb Wise with fellow CMR shoe Chris Windom edging Coons, Jr., for the final podium position. “Once the race came to me, I was patient and when a couple of them crashed out it cleaned up the field and I was able to make the moves I really wanted to make,” Seavey explained in victory lane. “I was trying to not get crashed, everyone was running so hard. That’s what makes these races so exciting.” While Seavey gridded the feature field ninth after clinging to the final transfer from “B” Main action after a late run-in with teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer, current series points leader Tyler Courtney and Broken Arrow native Jason McDougal led the way to the green flag. After the initial start was waved off for a turn four fracas, McDougal gunned into the early lead aboard the FMR No. 76m and paced the initial eight circuits before Courtney pounced on the lead on a lap nine restart with the red flag flying moments later when Holley Hollan exited the venue with a flyer over the turn three wall. Hollan escaped injury. McDougal battled back in front for a lap on the restart, only to have Courtney recapture the lead with chaos soon ensuing in his wake when Tanner Carrick slid McDougal for second getting into turn one on the 16th lap. With the aspiring flamingo breeder slowed from the contact, top-five contender Kevin Thomas, Jr., made contact and flipped with fellow front runner Tanner Thorson also involved as Tyler Thomas got upside down as well in the melee. McDougal and Thomas, Jr., were done for the night while the others were able to rejoin. Courtney took off on the restart ahead of Carrick, Windom and Wise with Seavey up to sixth, but “Sunshine” surrendered the lead soon after when his NOS Energy Drink No. 7bc slowed on the backstretch with mechanical woes on the 18th round. Windom assumed the point and traded the lead with Carrick before Coons, Jr., catfished the low line and surged in front in a three-wide battle for the lead. A final caution flew with seven laps remaining when Carrick slowed with a flattened left rear after contact from a Windom slider. Up to second by avoiding all the chaos, Seavey made the top of the track work to his advantage and raced past Coons, Jr., on the restart and led the rest of the way to the checkered flag with Angola, Indiana’s Wise racing into second place. “It’s a dream come true to be racing right now, I just can’t thank Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby) enough for believing in me,” Seavey summed up. “We’re just having a dream year.” After starting seventh, runner-up Wise commented that, “I knew starting seventh that I had to do what I do to get to the front and we were able to edge them out for second.” Rounding out the podium in third, Windom said that, “There was a lot going on there. We got to the lead and the 71k was short sliding guys all night, so I finally took care of that. I didn’t mean to actually hit him, but if he’s not gonna lift then I’m not gonna let him have the position and it bumped us back to about sixth. There was a lot of haymaker slidejobs, this has got to be awesome to watch for the fans.” Racing from the 15th starting position, Coons, Jr., crossed the stripe fourth with Broken Arrow’s Jonathan Beason earning Hard Charger honors by racing from 17th to round out the top five aboard the Hard Eight Racing No. 8J. Owasso’s Matt Sherrell raced from 16th to sixth with 13th-starter Chard Boat in seventh as none of the top seven finishers started better than seventh. Tanner Thorson salvaged an eighth-place finish after being collected in a mid-race incident with Tucker Klaasmeyer and Tyler Thomas completing the top ten. After Zeb Wise established a new track record of 13.207 seconds in qualifying, Beason, Hollan, Chad Boat and Thomas topped heat race action for the 36-car field with Wise winning the “B” Main. While Hollan sailed out of the park in “A” Main action, Karsyn Elledge beat her to the punch by doing the same in the mid stages of the “B” Main while holding down the sixth and final transfer positions. Elledge walked away as well. Sponsors that made “Tuesday Night Thunder” at Red Dirt Raceway possible include Patriot Dodge of Chandler, Hepfner Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Keizer Wheels, EMi, Mud-X, Speedway Motors, and Outlaw Wings. NOS Energy Drinks USAC National Midgets “Tuesday Night Thunder” at Red Dirt Raceway – July 9, 2019 Results: FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.207 (New Track Record); 2. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-13.318; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.330; 4. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.351; 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz-Curb-Agajanian-13.362; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.366; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.400; 8. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.428; 9. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-13.431; 10. Steven Shebester, 22x, Williams-13.444; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.451; 12. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.484; 13. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.496; 14. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.521; 15. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.606; 16. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.609; 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.626; 18. Matt Sherrell, 10, Hunt-13.642; 19. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.670; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.671; 21. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-13.674; 22. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.700; 23. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-13.720; 24. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.721; 25. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.730; 26. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-13.754; 27. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-13.809; 28. Andrew Felker, 44, Shields-13.830; 29. Grady Chandler, 19s, Mounce-13.866; 30. Hank Davis, 42, Franklin-13.914; 31. Frank Flud, 25s, Springer-13.996; 32. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-14.064; 33. Emilio Hoover, 9H, Hoover-14.555; 34. Curtis Jones, 77s, Simmons-14.709; 35. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-14.815; 36. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-15.291. SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Grady Chandler, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Emilio Hoover. 1:50.17 (New Track Record) COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Holley Hollan, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Matt Sherrell, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Steven Shebester, 7. Hank Davis, 8. Zane Hendricks, 9. Curtis Jones. NT AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Andrew Deal, 7. Frank Flud, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Curtis Spicer. 1:50.72 INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Tyler Seavey, 8. Karsyn Elledge, 9. Shaun Shapel. NT SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Andrew Deal, 5. Hank Davis, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Steven Shebester, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Andrew Felker, 11. Frank Flud, 12. Sam Johnson, 13. Emilio Hoover, 14. Shaun Shapel, 15. Ethan Mitchell, 16. Curtis Spicer, 17. Karsyn Elledge, 18. Grady Chandler, 19. Tyler Seavey. NT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Zeb Wise (7), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (15), 5. Jonathan Beason (17), 6. Matt Sherrell (16), 7. Chad Boat (13), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 10. Tyler Thomas (19), 11. Jesse Colwell (14), 12. Tanner Carrick (6), 13. Shannon McQueen (18), 14. Hank Davis (22), 15. Robert Dalby (21), 16. Tyler Courtney (1), 17. Jason McDougal (2), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 19. Andrew Deal (20), 20. Holley Hollan (12), 21. Cannon McIntosh (4), 22. Zane Hendricks (8). NT ---------------------------- **Karsyn Elledge flipped over the turn three wall during the semi. Holley Hollan flipped over the turn three wall on lap 9 of the feature. Jason McDougal, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Thomas flipped in turn 2 on lap 16 of the feature. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Jason McDougal, Lap 9 Tyler Courtney, Lap 10 Jason McDougal, Laps 11-17 Tyler Courtney, Lap 18 Chris Windom, Lap 19 Tanner Carrick, Laps 20-23 Jerry Coons, Jr., Laps 24-30 Logan Seavey. KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (17th to 5th) WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Andrew Layser PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Hank Davis
  20. USAC Midgets “Tuesday Night Thunder” at Red Dirt Raceway by Lonnie Wheatley MEEKER, Okla. (July 8, 2019) – The nation’s top Midget racecar drivers invade Oklahoma for the only time this summer as the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget series takes to Meeker’s Red Dirt Raceway for “Tuesday Night Thunder”. The series returned to Oklahoma for the first time in more than 40 years last year and home state hero Christopher Bell fought off Logan Seavey for victory honors. Seavey, the defending series champion fresh off an Indiana Midget Week championship last month and a POWRi Pepsi Nationals triumph on Sunday, looks to improve by one position this time around. His hands will be full though with the likes of current series points leader Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas, Jr., and Broken Arrow native Brady Bacon, who pocketed $25,000 with a sweep of this past weekend’s USAC Sprint Car “Corn Belt Nationals” at Knoxville Raceway. The full contingent of USAC contenders along with a host of Sooner state shoes will vie for victory honors as well. The details… What: USAC Midgets “Tuesday Night Thunder”. When: Tuesday, July 9. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow at 7:30 p.m. Where: Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway is located 4.5 miles north of US 62 on SR 18 (990871 South Highway 18, Meeker, Oklahoma 74855). For more information, contact the track at 405-318-0198 or check online at https://www.reddirtraceway.com/. Tickets: General admission is just $25 with high school students and younger just $5. There is also $5 off admission for anyone wearing a Red Dirt Raceway tee-shirt or that has a “Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK” koozie. All access pit passes will be available for $35. Red Dirt Raceway also features a tailgate area available for the first 25 cars for just $100 per car load (fit as many as you can) with one 54 quart cooler and one grill permitted. The Series: NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets Top Ten: The current top ten in USAC National Midget points: 1. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN) 849 2. Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) 733 3. Chris Windom (Canton, IL) 732 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL) 731 5. Zeb Wise (Angola, IN) 664 6. Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) 637 7. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA) 574 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, KS) 567 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ) 553 10. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) 532 Series Winners: Through a dozen events this season, only current points leader Tyler Courtney has racked up multiple wins and he’s picked off five. The other seven wins have been distributed among seven different drivers including 16-year-old Bixby shoe Cannon McIntosh. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN) 5, Justin Grant (Ione, CA) 1, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) 1, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, OK) 1, Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) 1, Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL) 1, Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV) 1, Chris Windom (Canton, IL) 1. Tuesday Night Thunder Winners: Before shifting to Red Dirt Raceway with Christopher Bell racing to victory lane year, previous Tuesday Night Thunder events took place at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway with Chad Boat (2016) and Tanner Thorson (2017) reaching victory lane before the Fairbury event shifted to Friday and Saturday to anchor the series Mid-America Midget Week. Oklahoma Midget Scene: A number of local contenders will take on the USAC invaders. Carl Junction, Missouri’s Andrew Felker is the current POWRi West Midget League points leader with Cannon McIntosh currently second despite focusing on the National schedule. Others among the top five in local series points are Hank Davis, and Morton brothers Chance and Kade. Felker and Chance Morton picked up wins at Garden City’s Airport Raceway over this past weekend.
  21. Reutzel Racks Up another All Star Win – Continues Title Defense with Pair of Events this Weekend Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (July 5, 2019) – Aaron Reutzel racked up perhaps one of his more impressive wins in All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Joliet’s Dirt Track at Route 66 last Saturday. Then he stormed eastward and picked off a pair of top-five finishes in Pennsylvania Speedweek competition. Now, Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team resume their All Star Circuit of Champions with a pair of events along the Western Pennsylvania / Eastern Ohio border this weekend at Sarver’s Lernerville Speedway on Friday night and then Hartford’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. Reutzel raced to victory lane at both venues during last year’s championship campaign aboard the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X entry. “We had good runs at both tracks last year, so hopefully that means we can have another good weekend,” Reutzel commented. After the first of last weekend’s pair of All Star events fell victim to rain at Illinois’s Jacksonville Speedway, Reutzel romped to victory lane at Joliet the next night for the second year in a row aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. And he did it the hard way after a Dash tumble that had the team prepared to break out the backup car and start at the tail. “I got in on the cushion and half spun, and when you’re going that fast the half spin turns into a flip,” Reutzel explains. “When I got back to the trailer, our guys were already rolling out the backup and it was ready to go.” Further examination made the team reconsider their options. “When the car got back, we looked it over and it was mostly just bolt on stuff so we decided to fix it and at least hang on to the eighth starting position,” Reutzel says. “It turned out to be a really good decision.” Reutzel wasted little time rallying through the field and stormed on to an easy All Star victory for the fifth time this season and sixth overall of 2019 in the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine. “I got up to third and was closing in on Paul (McMahan) and I kept seeing Kyle (Larson) more and more before we had a red,” Reutzel said before a mid-race red flag occurred. Reutzel raced into the lead in short order when action resumed and was well in command the rest of the way. “We have had a good car there the last two years, that place has been good for us,” Reutzel said of the Joliet clay oval. Reutzel then took in his first of three legs of Pennsylvania Speedweek competition on Monday night at Lincoln Speedway and promptly turned in the night’s quickest time. A bad redraw for the feature made for a challenge, with Reutzel ultimately finishing out the night in fifth. “We drew the seven for the feature and then there was always people racing for position right ahead of us so it made it hard to get anywhere,” Reutzel recalls. “We finally had a couple of cautions late and I was able to get up to fourth. I tried to make a move after the last caution to move up but it cost us a spot and we ended up fifth.” Moving on to Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, it was more of the same with early speed netting a heat race win and a similar feature redraw netting another fifth place finish. “It was about exactly the same as Lincoln,” Reutzel says. “We were good at times of the race; at one point we were there with the lead group. It was just hard to get going anywhere though consistently.” Reutzel finished out his portion of Pennsylvania Speedweek at Port Royal Speedway on Wednesday and ended the night early with a cut tire. “We missed it some in qualifying and then had a good heat race,” Reutzel says. “We were racing for position in the feature and got into it with someone and cut the right rear tire, so that was the end of our night.” Back on the All Star trail this weekend, Reutzel looks to open his points lead as he chases a second consecutive series title. 2019 Quick Stats: 37 races, 6 wins, 14 top-fives, 22 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) on Friday and Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Saturday. For those unable to attend, all three nights will be available live via PPV at www.speedshifttv.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  22. Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Nationals Format Revealed – Entries are Rolling In by Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 15, 2019) – The format for the much-anticipated upcoming Third Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas has been revealed. Expanding from two nights to three nights this year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 13-15, each night will feature a full card of racing action. And entries have already started to roll in with the current entry list available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/driver-info/dcrp-305-sprint-car-nationals/entries/. Among the early entries is reigning DCRP 305 Nationals champion Jake Martens of Fairview, OK, along with defending track champion Steven Richardson of Liberal among others. The $3,000-to-win event that could potentially climb to as much as $4,500 with lap money included features the best in 305-ci Sprint Car racing includes the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars along with the United Rebel Sprint Series and Sprint Series of Oklahoma along with move invaders from throughout. Entry forms are available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/DCRP-305-Sprint-Car-Nationals-2019-Entry-Form.pdf. Entries submitted prior to June 6 are just $50 with driver pit pass only $20 for each night. Entries submitted after June 6 are $75 with driver pit pass the standard $30 per night. The three-night set will begin with two full cards of preliminary action on Thursday and Friday that will feature full slates of heat races, “B” Mains and “A” Main each night with race points tallied to set Saturday’s grid. The top six in combined points from Thursday and Friday will lock into Saturday’s Dash for Cash that will set the first three rows of Saturday’s $3,000-to-win championship “A” Main event. The balance will go to heat races with an invert of six based upon combined points with additional points tacked on that will determine the balance of the night’s “B” Mains and “A” Main lineups. In detail, points will be awarded as follows at the Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Nationals: DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals – 2019 Format All cars run each night. Thursday and Friday heat races lined up according to pill draw with passing points in effect to determine “B” Main(s) and “A” Main lineup each night. Event points will be awarded as follows to determine Saturday night lineups: Heat Races – 1st – 20, 2nd -18, 3rd – 16, 4th – 14th, etc. Additionally, 0.5 points will be awarded for each heat race position gained and 0.3 points will be deducted for each position lost. A Feature Points: 1st – 100, 2nd – 95, 3rd – 91, 4th – 88, 5th – 85, 6th – 82, 7th – 79, 8th – 76, 9th – 73, 10th – 70, 11th – 68, 12th – 66, 13th – 64, 14th – 62, 15th -60, 16th – 58th, 17th – 56, 18th – 54, 19th – 52, 20th – 50, 21st – 48, 22nd - 46. B Main Non-Transfers – 1st – 44, 2nd -42, 3rd – 40, etc. Saturday: Top 6 in combined points from Thursday and Friday lock-in to the Dash for Cash ($1,000 total purse) to determine lineup for front three rows of the feature. Balance go to heat races lined up based upon overall point totals from the previous two nights with an invert of six. Saturday heat points (1st – 30, 2nd – 27, 3rd – 24, 4th – 21, 5th – 18, etc.) are added to preliminary night totals to determine balance of “A” Main and “B” Main(s) lineups. Top ten total go to positions 7-16 of “A” Main, balance to “B” Main(s). After Fort Worth’s Kevin Ramey topped the inaugural version of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals in 2017, Fairview, Oklahoma’s Jake Martens pocketed $4,040 including lap money by fending off a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak and then beating Chad Koch to the stripe in last year’s hair-raising finale. Joining in on Thursday action this year will be the IMCA Hobby Stocks with IMCA Stock Cars on the card for Friday and then IMCA Sport Modifieds on Saturday. The KARS (Kansas Antique Racers) will be on hand all three nights as well. Each night of racing will fire off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the Thursday and Friday preliminary events are only $12 for each night with Saturday’s finale just $20 while children eleven and under are free each night. Pit passes are $30 for each night. A Pit Party will take place as well following Friday night’s racing action with a live band and free pizza while supplies last to those with pit passes. All racers, team members and fans are invited to the festivities. 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. The complete slate of 2019 events at DCRP is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
  23. All Star Double this Weekend for Reutzel after Setting a New Track Record by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (May 3, 2019) – Following another weekend washout, Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team try to get the All Star Circuit of Champions title chase back under way with a pair of events this weekend. The weekend double gets under way in Western Pennsylvania at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night before shifting just across the border to Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. Reutzel visited both tracks for the first time during last year’s championship campaign and reached victory lane in both first visits. “We won at Lernerville and we also won at Sharon the first time and were horrible the next two times we went there,” Reutzel recalls. “We just have to get back to what we did the first time at Sharon and we can have a good weekend.” While last weekend’s pair of All Star events in Ohio fell victim to weather, Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X team got in part of Sunday’s World of Outlaws event at Illinois’ Jacksonville Speedway before Mother Nature stepped in once again. And they made the most of the short night with Reutzel setting a new track record of 10.028 seconds in qualifying over a field of 42 before winning his heat race as well aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. After making a last-lap move past Donny Schatz to snare fourth in the Dash, Reutzel was poised to grid the feature outside the second row aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions machine before rain brought an early end to the night. A makeup date for the feature event has not yet been announced. “We made the right adjustments for qualifying after hot laps, we knew we had to run the curb hard,” Reutzel explains. “It was slick by the time we ran the Dash, so we tightened up. I was pumped for the ‘A’, I wish we would have had a chance to get that in.” With rain the common denominator over the past several weekends, Reutzel and the BRM No. 87 look to get the All Star Circuit of Champions title pursuit into high gear with this weekend’s pair of events. 2019 Quick Stats: 20 races, 1 win, 6 top-fives, 11 top-tens. Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Lernerville (PA) Speedway on Friday and Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Saturday. For those unable to attend, keep track of all the action live via PPV at www.speedshifttv.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  24. Reutzel Resumes All Star Title Chase after Rallying to Knoxville Runner-Up Finish by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (April 25, 2019) – After a dazzling run through the field to capture a second-place finish in Saturday night’s Knoxville Raceway season opener, Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team get back to the business of defending the All Star Circuit of Champions title with a pair of events in Ohio this weekend. The weekend double begins at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night before shifting to Orrville’s Wayne County Speedway on Saturday night. Reutzel will round out the weekend by taking in Sunday’s World of Outlaws card at Illinois’ Jacksonville Speedway on Sunday night aboard teammate Josh Baughman’s No. 17 Sprint Car. After last weekend’s All Star double fell victim to rain, Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X team took advantage of an opportunity to take in Knoxville Raceway’s season-opening event in Knoxville, IA. And the team made the most of it, rallying through the feature field from the 12th starting position to capture runner-up honors in the 20-lapper aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine. “We were really good,” Reutzel summed up of the night. “It was good to get some laps in at Knoxville, we’re really looking forward to the Nationals now.” Reutzel started the night by timing in ninth among the field of 33. “We tried out something that we had been wanting to try, and it was no good,” Reutzel explains. Reutzel then made his way to the feature with a fifth-place heat race finish. “We weren’t too bad, I just got off to a bad start. Then it jumped out of gear, but that rebunched the field and gave us a chance to get going.” Gridding the feature field outside the sixth row, Reutzel wasted little time slicing through the field aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry. He made it all the way to second but ran out of laps to run down eventual race winner Brian Brown. “We tried something else that we were wanting to try out, we really forced ourselves to test,” Reutzel explains. “And it as really good. I got to (Kerry) Madsen and made some mistakes trying to get by him. Then I got to (Justin) Henderson and made some mistakes trying to get by him too. Those mistakes cost us several laps, otherwise I think we could have got up there and raced for the win.” With his sixth top-five of the season and fifth in a row in the books including a World of Outlaws score in California, Reutzel looks to add some notches to the win column in Ohio and Illinois this weekend. Reutzel posted three top-tens in All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Attica Raceway Park and two top-tens at Wayne County Speedway last year. Reutzel also posted a fifth-place World of Outlaws finish at Jacksonville Speedway in 2016. 2019 Quick Stats: 20 races, 1 win, 6 top-fives, 11 top-tens. Next Up: Friday - All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica (OH) Raceway Park. Saturday – All Star Circuit of Champions at Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH). Sunday – World of Outlaws at Jacksonville (IL) Speedway. For those unable to attend, the Friday and Saturday All Star events are available via PPP at www.speedshifttv.com while Sunday’s World of Outlaws card is available PPV at www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  25. Reutzel Reroutes to Knoxville this Weekend after Opening All Star Campaign with Pair of Top-Fives by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (April 19, 2019) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team opened up their All Star Circuit of Champions title defense in strong form by posting a pair of top-fives in last weekend’s events. Originally on the way to Attica Raceway Park for another pair of All Star events, inclement Ohio weather has redirected the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X team back to Iowa for Saturday night’s season-opening card at Knoxville Raceway. “It’s always good to be able to get in an extra night or two at Knoxville before the Nationals just to see where we’re at with the car and what we need to do to be ready in August,” Reutzel explains. Last weekend’s originally-slated four-race set got under way at Virginia Motor Speedway with Reutzel timing in second-quickest and needing nothing more than a top-five heat race finish to lock into a Dash. However, engine problems late in the heat race raised the degree of difficulty for the night. Reutzel and the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment crew responded though, making repairs and then charging from the 22nd starting position in the feature event to post a top-five finish. And Reutzel felt it could have been better if not for a late skirmish with a lapped car. “We were really fast and we came right through the field,” Reutzel recalls. “I think we could have been right there in the mix for the win if that lapped car wouldn’t have pulled that stunt.” Even after the contact, Reutzel recovered and regained a pair of lost positions to open his All Star title defense with a fifth-place finish. After Friday’s round at Williams Grove Speedway in central Pennsylvania fell victim to rain, action continued on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway with Reutzel driving the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry to another strong finish in fourth. “We missed it a little bit in qualifying, but it worked out and put on the front row of our heat race,” Reutzel explains. Reutzel made the most of it, winning his heat race and then scoring a third-place Dash finish to secure the fifth starting position for the 30-lap main event. Reutzel stayed among the lead pack throughout before ultimately taking the checkered flag in fourth. “We couldn’t quite get off the corners that we needed to in the feature,” Reutzel says. “That really kept us from being able to contend more for the win, but at least we were able to get away with a good finish.” Following another rainout on Sunday at Bedford Speedway, Reutzel and company left the opening weekend of All Star Circuit of Champions points action a close second in points. Now the team looks to get dialed in at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night. 2019 Quick Stats: 19 races, 1 win, 5 top-fives, 10 top-tens. Next Up: Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night. Those unable to attend in person can call all the action live via PPV at www.dirtvision.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
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