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  1. Reutzel Lands First Knoxville Win after Pair of Thunder Through the Plains Scores – Takes All Star Points Lead into Set of Events by Lonnie Wheatley KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 24, 2020) – A frenetic month of June continues for Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team with a set of All Star Circuit of Champions events this week. Running his season win total to eight with three more triumphs in recent action, Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take the series points lead into the Wednesday night’s card at central Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway and then on to Bulls Gap, Tennessee’s Volunteer Speedway on Saturday and Sunday. Reutzel goes into this weekend’s action fresh off his first career win at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night. The Knoxville triumph came after a pair of wins during the recent “Thunder Through the Plains” series of All Star events. “It was the first weekly show I’ve ever run at Knoxville,” Reutzel says of the Saturday triumph. “We were just testing some things that we want to try for Nationals. Some of the things we wanted to try worked really well and some things didn’t work as well. “We learned a lot during the night.” After starting sixth in the 20-lap feature atop the famed half-mile oval, Reutzel needed just a handful of laps to race into the lead and checked out on the field to take the checkered flag by a healthy margin. The single-race weekend served as a breather for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team after 11 consecutive days at a racetrack during the All Star Circuit of Champions “Thunder Through the Plains” of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana from June 4 to June 14. While three nights fell victim to inclement weather, Thunder Through the Plains proved fruitful for the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspension team with a handful of quick times along the way and wins at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on June 5 and Kilgore’s Lonestar Speedway on June 13 among a handful of top-fives and six top-tens in the eight-race set. Following a rainout in the opener, the week officially kicked off with Reutzel outdueling Kyle Larson in an instant classic at Red Dirt Raceway on Friday night, June 5. “This place is a blast to race on,” Reutzel said of the Red Dirt oval. “It was fun to race with Kyle like that, and you have to feel pretty good about it when you come out on top.” After a 12th-place showing at 81 Speedway two nights later, Reutel and Larson resumed their duel on Monday, June 8, at Lawton Speedway with Larson coming out on top and Reutzel settling for runner-up honors in the Fischer Body Shop machine. “I think I raced a little too conservatively this time and let one get away,” Reutzel said afterward. After racing 11th to post a fifth-place finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Reutzel went on a run of quick times over the last half of Thunder Through the Plains by establishing the qualifying standard over four consecutive nights at Ardmore’s Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, TX, Kilgore’s Lonestar Speedway and Louisiana’s Chatham Speedway. After misfortune in the form of a cut left rear tire while running second at Ardmore and then lingering damage from an incident while passing for the lead in Dash action at Wichita Falls, Reutzel finally parlayed a quick-time into a dominant win at Lonestar Speedway. “I know everyone out here is working their tails off, but I can’t say enough about my guys,” Reutzel said in victory lane. “We should have won at least a couple more of these, but have just had things happen. My guys don’t give up and just keep working, it paid off tonight.” Reutzel finished off Thunder Through the Plains with a runner-up finish at Chatham, hounding eventual race-winner Dominic Sclezi over the closing laps but was unable to pull off the winning pass. “I hate to lose, but if we’re going to finish second I guess it’s okay to finish second to Dom,” Reutzel commented. Reutzel escaped the “Thunder Through the Plains” series of events with a 40-point advantage as he pursues a third consecutive series championship. “We had a good car every night out, we felt like we had a chance to win about every one of those races,” Reutzel comments. The grind through the Plains will be repeated very soon with the All Stars Ohio Sprint Speedweek including nine races over the course of ten days from July 3 to July 12. First however, the team takes aim at Port Royal Speedway and Volunteer Speedway this week. 2020 Quick Stats: 35 races, 8 wins, 19 top-fives, 25 top-tens. Quick Results: All Star Circuit of Champions “Thunder Through the Plains” June 5, Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK) – 1st in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying) June 7, 81 Speedway (Park City, KS) – 12th in A Feature June 8, Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) – 2nd in A Feature June 10, Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – 5th in A Feature June 11, Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, OK) – 9th in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying) June 12, Monarch Motor Speedway (Wichita Falls, TX) – 11th in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying) June 13, Lonestar Speedway (Kilgore, TX) – 1st in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying) June 14, Chatham Speedway (Chatham, LA) – 2nd in A Feature (Quick time in qualifying) Knoxville Raceway Weekly: June 20, Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) – 1st in A Feature Next Up: All Star Circuit of Champions at Port Royal Speedway (PA) and Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) on Saturday and 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.
  2. Aaron Reutzel Breaking Through in 2014 Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (December 19, 2014) If the 2014 racing season didnt qualify under the vague category of breakout year for Aaron Reutzel, it was darn near close. The Clute, TX, racer made his way to victory lane aboard the BC Fundz/Wren Motorsports No. 87 Triple X Sprint Car on nine different occasions, including first wins in both ASCS National action and wingless competition, while also ranking among the top-ten in ASCS National points. In short, it was a season most racers would cause some serious injury to have. And, the season that began with a strong rush and closed out with an even bigger charge could have been truly one for the ages had it not been for a mid-season stretch of bad luck. It was a roller coaster ride for sure, Reutzel says. It was great at times, then there were some other times. Overall, it could be deemed little else but a rousing success, as Reutzel and the Momentum Racing Suspensions/Danny Sander Construction/ButlerBuilt team quickly developed as a top threat to win any time they pulled through a pit gate. Our primary goal to begin the year was to win two National races and run top-five in ASCS National points, Reutzel says. We ended up with four National wins, so were okay with not finishing out among the top five. Key among the years nine wins was the first one, an April 12 score at Little Rocks I-30 Speedway. It was Reutzels first triumph in ASCS National Tour action. Getting that first win definitely made the rest of the year a lot less stressful, Reutzel explains. We had been pretty close before and something would always happen. When you havent won, you dont if you can. Once we got that, all the pressure went away. That initial National triumph opened the floodgates with Reutzel reeling off four more wins in his next six starts aboard the Basic One Services/Lone Star Hydro Maintenance/Wright Way Logistics entry. Among those was another ASCS National win at Outlaw Motorsports Park near Muskogee, OK, on May 2 with other triumphs including another Wren Memorial win in ASCS Gulf South action at the Gator Motorplex on April 19 and a May 9-10 weekend sweep over ASCS Sooners at Creek County on a Friday night and then weekly action at I-30 Speedway the next night. Working through the season with consistent good finishes, Reutzel reeled off 18 top-tens in a stretch of 19 starts from April 4 to June 20 before adding his sixth overall win of the year in NCRA vs. ASCS Sooner competition at Wichitas 81 Speedway on June 29. A pair of Gulf South DNFs over Fourth of July weekend proved to be a harbinger of what was around the corner, even though Reutzel took another pair of ASCS National podium finishes at Billings and Rapid City into Knoxvilles 360 Nationals. Lady Luck turned her back on Reutzel and company over the next several weeks, with a fourth-place wingless run at Lawton on August 13 the highlight of an otherwise rough stretch. We just want to forget that part, we got it behind us, Reutzel says. Reutzel and team did indeed, putting together a strong rally to seventh from deep in the field in I-80 Speedways Fall Brawl to set up a strong stretch run. And what a run it was, with no finish lower than eighth in the final nine nights of ASCS National action including seven podium finishes and two more wins with a runner-up wingless outing mixed in for good measure. Despite missing a pair of earlier events, Reutzel salvaged ninth in final ASCS National points with the rally down the stretch. It all started with drives of fourth and then third at the Devils Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals followed up by a Short Track Nationals to remember. After besting a field of 66 in the Wednesday night Short Track Nationals open, Reutzel missed his preliminary night victory by inches and then finished second in the STN finale to collect nearly $13,000 in winnings over the course of the weekend. Reutzel carried on from there, clipping wings to run second at Arizona Speedway before a runner-up ASCS finish at El Paso preceded his fourth National win of the year and eighth overall the following night at Las Cruces. After finishing off the ASCS season with a 19th-to-third run and then an eighth place finish at Yumas Cocopah Speedway, Reutzel returned to Las Cruces Southern New Mexico Speedway where he recorded another first. This first was his first career win in non-wing Sprint Car action on the opening night of the tracks $10,000-to-win Thanksgiving Bash. It was a lot like getting my first ASCS National win, the pressure was off after I got that first wingless win, Reutzel says. The next night just seemed so much easier. We lost a tire at the end, but well get more. Sixty-six nights of racing at 33 different tracks throughout 13 different states, it was a roller coaster season indeed. And with a lot more highs than lows, it wasnt a bad roller coaster to have been on. 2014 Quick Stats: 66 races, 9 A Main wins, 33 top-fives, 43 top-tens. Up Next: Winter Heat Winged 410-ci Sprint Car action at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ, on January 2-3, 6, 9-10. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzels on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com. Penning the recurring series of The Wheatley Chronicles articles on racinboys.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events. For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.