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Aaron Reutzel Rolling On The All Star Circuit of Champions



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.

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“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.

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Chappel, Duritsky, Ruhlman and Wolbert winners on Friday at Lernerville



SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Issac Chappel passed Carmen Perigo on Lap 6 and never looked back to take the win in the BOSS Wingless Sprint Car Series 25-lap main event.  The win was the fifth in-a-row for Chappel in the BOSS Series.

Mike Duritsky picked up his first career win at ‘The Action Track’ by holding off Will Thomas and Logan Zarin to capture the RUSH Late Model Series feature.  Daryl Charlier and Joe Martin rounded out the Top 5.

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Chad Ruhlman fought off Blaze Myers to pick up the win in the RUSH Sprint Car Series feature.  John Mollick was third followed by Gale Ruth and one of several drivers pulling double-duty, Zach Morrow.

Chas Wolbert collected his 40th career feature victory going wire-to-wire in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature.  Ben Easler was second.  Justin Shea rounded out the podium.

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Li’l Haud Happy at the Grove



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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 23, 2021): Sheldon Haudenschild took his career first checkered flag at Williams Grove Speedway on the opening night of the Summer Nationals. While the driver from Wooster, OH gladly took the $10,000 purse, current Williams Grove points leader, Lance Dewease, won the hearts of the Pennsylvania faithful with a remarkably strong run from seventeenth to second.

Haudenschild, who joined his father, Jac, as a World of Outlaws victor at the Grove, expressed relief that he was finally able to get a win at the speedway. “I feel like I have a lot of laps around this place, but I could never get that win. We’ve been close, but it feels great to finally pull one off. Makes it sweeter that the 69 (Dewease) was behind us.”

Haudenschild had the pole for the twenty-five lap preliminary feature. Anthony Macri had the local contingent stoked with his second place starting spot. James McFadden lined up third, with David Gravel in fourth. Chad Trout rolled off in fifth, with Donny Schatz next to him. Aaron Reutzel and T.J. Stutts made up row four, with Brent Marks and Kraig Kinser in row five. The sixth row belonged to Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart.

Haudenschild blasted off turn four into the lead, while Macri had some difficulty getting up to speed. Gravel and McFadden got by him by the first corner and Schatz and Stutts were hounding him. A quick caution for Jeff Halligan facing the wrong way in turn two caused a realignment, but Haudenschild again got away cleanly.

Macri lost another position in the early going, this one to Schatz, but his misfortunes continued. By lap five, he dropped to seventh. But things would get worse for the driver seeking his first 410 win at the Grove. Aaron Reutzel got sideways coming through turn four and Macri clipped him as he went by. Macri spun to the inside and his car was struck by Stutts, who did a slow roll bringing out the red. None of the drivers were injured and both Reutzel and Macri were able to return after making some hasty repairs.

That stoppage proved to be the last of the contest. But it was significant for another reason. It moved Lance Dewease into the eighth position for the restart and it brought the rest of the field back to him.

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When the green light came on again, Haudenschild resumed his lead and he continued to ride the cushion. McFadden stayed within striking distance, while Gravel was keeping Schatz at bay.

But all eyes were glued on the blue machine of Dewease. Using his customary low line, Dewease was making some progress until he reached the car of Carson Macedo. Macedo was using the low line as well and it took Dewease several laps to get by him. However, once he completed the pass, there was no stopping Dewease.

Dewease reached the top five on lap 18, and the best was yet to come. He caught and passed Schatz with two to go and he did the same to McFadden on the white flag lap. While Dewease was closing in on Hadenschild, the Posse fans were hoping for a caution that would set up a dash for the cash.

Their hopes were not fulfilled and Haudenschild streaked under the checkered flag for the win. Dewease crossed in second, making the fans wonder what might have been had he started closer to the front.

“The driver put us behind in qualifying,” Dewease confessed. “We were able to pass cars; we’ve been able to pass cars all year here. But, it was twenty-five laps, that’s all that matters, and Sheldon won it.” Dewease noted that he had some difficulty getting by Macedo and Schatz, both of whom were using his preferred line, but he was pleased to make his charge from the ninth row to second. He received a $250 bonus for beingthe hard charger. Dewease was grateful, but he proclaimed that he did not want that award again on Saturday night.

McFadden claimed the other podium spot, followed by Schatz and Marks. Positions six through ten went to Gravel, Macedo, Sweet, Schuchart, and Danny Dietrich.

The four heat wins went to Schatz, Trout, Stutts, and Macri. Haudenschild won the Dash and Wayne Johnson took the B Main. Haudenschild also set the fastest time of the night, 17.104 seconds. Trout was second, followed by Stutts and Macri.

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Sweet Scores Before Rain Hits Lernerville



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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Grass Valley, CA driver Brad Sweet checked one off of his bucket list. He took the crown jewel event at Lernerville Speedway, the Don Martin Memorial, for the first time in his career. It was his third triumph at the track, the other two coming in the Fall’s Commonwealth Clash.

Sye Lynch was on the pole, with David Gravel next to him for the start of the 40 lap affair. Sweet lined up next to Aaron Reutzel in the second row. Carson Macedo and Donny Schatz were in row three with Christopher Bell and Sheldon Haudenschild in row four. The fifth row belonged to Brock Zearfoss and Logan Schuchart. James McFadden and Jacob Allen were in row six.

Lynch got the jump on Gravel and reached the top of turn one first. That gave him an advantage in the opening laps. Sweet settled into third and he seemed most comfortable running the low line around the speedway. Reutzel, Macedo, Schuchart and Bell followed.

Michael Bauer flipped between turns one and two with five complete. He was unhurt, but his car was pushed back to the pit area and he was finished for the night.

Lynch took off on the restart, but this time Sweet made a bold move on the inside of turn one. Sweet nosed ahead, but Lynch turned back under him to regain the lead. The two racers ran side by side for several laps before Lynch slid out over the cushion in turn two with twelve complete. Sweet was hard on the inside and powered to the front.

Sweet continued to lead, but he moved to the top side as he approached the lapped traffic. Sweet was just as quick on the high side and he built up his advantage to more than seven and a half seconds over Reutzel, who moved ahead of Lynch on lap fourteen.

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The action was halted again on lap sixteen when Haudenschild flipped in turn three. Remarkably, his car landed on its wheels and sustained minimal damage. Haudenschild was pushed to the work area and he returned to the race. Despite his misfortune, he rallied in the last third of the race to get a top ten for his efforts.

While Sweet was completing the final rounds, the battle was for the second spot between Reutzel and Schatz. The seven-time Silver Cup winner made the pass with two to go.

Sweet was the winner, taking the checkers just moments before the rain inundated the speedway. Schatz, Reutzel, Gravel, and James McFadden were the top five. Shuchart, Macedo, Tim Shaffer, Bell, and Haudenschild rounded out the top ten.

Carl Bowser was the hard charger, passing thirteen cars on his way to an eleventh place finish.

After his Cinderella story came to an end, Lynch raced in the top ten until the stretch run. However, he faded to fifteenth at the finish. Lynch was attempting to join his father, Ed Sr., as a winner of the Don Martin Memorial.

Three of the four heat races were each won from the pole position. Victories went to Lynch, Gravel, Sweet, and Reutzel. The only pole sitter to miss grabbing the brass ring was Schatz. Lynch was the evening’s fastest qualifier, turning the track at 12.543 seconds and he also won the Dash. The B Main winner was Jason Sides.

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