PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Aaron Reutzel’s 2020 racing season is continuing down the same path of the past two seasons and that should have the entire Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 field worried.
Reutzel is the two-time and defending series Champion and he’s continuing the roll he and the No. 87 Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports team started back in 2018.
“Yeah, it’s been a good ride so far,” Reutzel told The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast. “Really fortunate and blessed to have good people between our owners the Baughman’s, they do everything that it takes for us to be competitive.”
Reutzel has been doing his job behind the wheel winning 9-races in 2018, 16-races in 2019 and 7-races so far in 2020. That’s 32-wins and two Championships in two-plus years! Not bad for a guy who only got behind the wheel of a 410-Sprint Car in 2018.
“We have a lot of great partners that allow us to go out and be competitive and make my job a little bit easier,” said Reutzel. “They’re a really big part of our team between Folken Brothers Trucking and Fischer Body Shop and all of our partners.”
If it wasn’t for a driver by the name of Kyle Larson there would be a lot more attention on the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports team.
“I think I finished second to him four times now so yeah I think he is really sorry for what he said and NASCAR-land needs to let him come back,” joked Reutzel.
Reutzel and Company are one of the few teams who have been able to keep pace with and even beat Larson.
“There was one stretch where, between running PA Speedweek and then going over to Ohio Speedweek, we did 14-races in 16-days so that was probably the most racing I’ve ever done but it was it was pretty cool to do,” said Reutzel. “We only got one win, we would’ve liked to have got more than that. We were in contention for a few of other ones but everything just didn’t play out, but we were consistent. We were almost on the podium every night and came away with the (Ohio) Speedweeks championship so that was pretty cool.”
One place that Reutzel really enjoys running is Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA.
“Port Royal is one of a kind,” said Reutzel. “Honestly that’s the No. 1 on my favorites list. Everything about it. The little town that it’s in is pretty neat. The racing that it puts on. With what they put back into it, it’s just an amazing place. It’s definitely one that once you go there, you’ll definitely want to go back.”
Port Royal is one of his favorite tracks to run but there is one event that Reutzel wants to add to his resume.
“Knoxville is No. 1 on my list for something I want to win,” said Reutzel. “I don’t feel like there’s anything bigger than winning the Knoxville Nationals.”
Reutzel started on the pole at the Knoxville Nationals in 2019 but he wasn’t able to bring home the victory.
“I think we had to be a little be better, me as a driver and the team in general,” said Reutzel reflecting on the race. “I think we all just kind of let the race get to us and didn’t treat it like another race. We probably over-focused on everything a little bit and just kind of let that get to us a little bit.”
Reutzel and the team will have to wait until 2021 to check that off their list, in the meantime they will keep running the All Stars Circuit like they have since choosing to run the series in 2018.
It just made sense for us with the Baughman’s and myself the first time being full-time with the 410’s and it was still a really, good paying series,” said Reutzel. “It’s been a good choice so far.”
Reutzel also appreciates all of the fan support that he has seen in a year where teams, tracks and fans have been put to the test in large part due to COVID-19.
“I feel like I’ve seen more fans this year than I have ever seen just getting out and supporting local racing,” said Reutzel. “I’m sure most of them were just ready to get out of the house in general but there’s just been a ton of fans everywhere we’ve gone out supporting racing.”
The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 takes on 34 Speedway on Friday night and Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.