All Star Double for Reutzel after Runner-Up Finish in Sprint Car World Championship

Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (May 3, 2018) –  Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team were so tantalizingly close to the $100,000 winner’s share in last weekend’s Sprint Car World Championship at Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Park.

But, after settling for a lucrative $20,000 runner-up share among the stellar field of more than 70 entries, it’s back to All Star Circuit of Champions action for the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car team this weekend with events at Sarver, Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway on Friday and then Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday.

Both tracks will be new territory for Reutzel and the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment crew that enters the weekend just six points out of the All Star points lead in second.

Last weekend’s Sprint Car World Championship had Reutzel in the mix throughout, racing to a second-place finish in his preliminary feature on Friday night and then making a last-gasp bid for the $100,000 winner’s share in Saturday night’s finale that fell just short.

“Tim (Shaffer) was fast, there’s no two ways about it,” Reutzel explains.  “He was the guy to beat all weekend, he set the tone in Thursday night’s practice.”

Reutzel started his weekend in strong fashion as well aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry, timing in second among his group on Friday and then earning the ninth starting position for the feature after a third-place heat race run.

“We got to fifth pretty quick, so I started taking it kinda easy thinking that we could get in the top four without any problem,” Reutzel relates.  “Some guys got to racing us so I had to pick it up and got to second right away.”

Reutzel held second the rest of the way to lock into the Saturday finale, though it wasn’t without some tense moments in the final rounds.

“With two laps to go, it started to run out of fuel,” Reutzel says.  “It was completely out at the end, we coasted across the line.  We just barely finished it.”

Reutzel drew the front row for Saturday’s Dash and finished second to earn the front row outside starting position.

“We tried a couple of things in the Dash and liked it,” Reutzel says.  “But, it still took all I had just to keep up with Shaffer.”

Reutzel took a conservative approach over the early portion of the 50-lapper to save the best for last.

“I cruised the first 25 laps to save my tires, I tried to not spin them and stayed away from the cushion that was hurting some tires,” Reutzel explains.  “I waited until about 20 laps to go to push him and try to make a move for the lead.”

Cautions didn’t exactly play into Reutzel’s plans.

“I would get to him, then there would be a caution,” Reutzel recalls.  “It would take about five or six laps to get going again.”

One final caution set up the dramatic finish.

“I got a really good start, I got right to him and he blocked my slider, not even knowing I was there,” Reutzel relates.

“Then I got another run coming to the checkered,” Reutzel says of the final circuit.  “I bonzaied it with everything I had, it almost worked but I got into the fence.  All in all, it was still a good weekend to come away with $20,000.”

It was a memorable effort that left fans wanting more.  They’ll get more with this weekend’s pair of All Star events.

2018 Quick Stats:  14 races, 1 win, 5 top-fives, 7 top-tens.

Up Next:  All Star Circuit of Champions at Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) on Friday night and Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Saturday night.

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Sunshine Set for USAC Sprint Cars at Plymouth after Silver Crown Podium Highlights Weekend Triple

Lonnie Wheatley, INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 3, 2018) – Tyler Courtney continues his pursuit of the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car championship aboard the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing Priority Aviation No. 7bc Sprint Car as the series takes to Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night.

It’s a 3/8-mile clay oval that “Sunshine” has found to his liking in the past.

“I’ve always run pretty good there,” Courtney says.  “I won a local race there in 2015 and then ran second with USAC there last year.”

Saturday’s Plymouth card will mark the sixth round of USAC National Sprint Car action after a pair of events last weekend at Bloomington and Haubstadt’s Tri-State Speedway.

Courtney climbed a pair of positions from 12th to tenth in Friday’s Bloomington event before advancing from 15th to 12th at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday.  “Sunshine” went on to round out the weekend with a third-place run aboard Hans Leins’ No. 97 USAC Silver Crown entry at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday.

“We want to run better than that obviously,” Courtney said of last weekend’s pair of USAC Sprint Car events.  “We tried some things and they didn’t really pan out.  Everyone is going to have those kind of nights over the course of the season, I’d rather get them out of the way early than have them later.”

Sitting a strong fourth in USAC National Sprint Car points, Courtney is optimistic going into Saturday’s event at Plymouth.

“We have got back to some of the things that were working earlier, I feel like we’re in a good spot,” Courtney explains.

Sunday’s USAC Silver Crown action that round out last weekend started off with Courtney establishing the day’s quickest time in qualifying.  “Sunshine” soon had his work cut out though after contact sent him spinning before the 100-lapper had reached the tenth round.

Courtney rallied from the tail of the field, climbing all the way to third by race’s end to finish off the weekend in strong fashion.

“Some nights it’s your night and some nights it’s not,” Courtney said of the Sunday card.  “We restarted 24th and got back up to third, that’s a good way to finish the weekend.  That car has been fast each time out, it’s going to be fun to drive in the dirt races the rest of the year.”

Silver Crown action will resume at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 24.  Until then, the focus will be on the USAC National Sprint Car scene with a half-dozen events over the course of May beginning with Saturday’s Plymouth action.

2018 Quick Stats:  16 races, 3 wins, 8 top-fives, 9 top-tens.

Up Next: USAC National Sprint Cars at Plymouth (IN) Speedway on Saturday night.

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Bellm Set for ASCS Regional Double after Podium Run at the Lake

Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (May 3, 2018) – Kyle Bellm and the Nixa, Missouri based No. 14k Sprint Car team continued a strong start to the 2018 season with a podium finish in last Saturday night’s season-opening event at Eldon, Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway.

Bellm and the Greenworks Nursery/Landscapes Awarded team are set for a pair of ASCS Warrior vs. ASCS Red River Region events this weekend, beginning with Kansas’ Heartland Park Topeka on Friday before moving on to Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night.

Friday will be Bellm’s first Heartland Park Topeka outing while Saturday brings familiar surrounding at Lucas Oil Speedway where he has posted a pair of podium finishes in past ASCS National Tour action.

“Topeka will be a new one,” Bellm says.  “We’ve run well at Lucas Oil before, hopefully we can put it all together and win one there.”

Bellm enters the weekend after a strong Lake Ozark Speedway run that netted a third-place finish aboard the Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care entry.

“We had a good car, I felt like any of the top four cars were capable of winning,” Bellm said of the racy feature event atop Lake Ozark Speedway clay.

Bellm raced from fourth to second in the early going aboard the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision machine. 

“I felt like we were good in traffic early on running second behind Randy (Martin) and a caution came out,” Bellm relates.

The leaders were back in traffic soon after, with it not working to Bellm’s favor this time around.

“I got bottled in behind two lapped cars and (Roger) Crockett got by,” Bellm recalls.  “It just didn’t play out the way I would have liked.  Traffic was going to determine the outcome of that one, I just ended up in the wrong line at the wrong time.”

It was Bellm’s second consecutive top-five finish and third top-ten in four starts this season aboard the VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions/Schaeffers Racing Oil machine.

“We’ll take it, the car was fast and the track was in great shape,” Bellm explains.  “If we can keep putting together top-five finishes, the wins will come.  Hopefully it’ll all come together and we can get at least one this weekend.”

This weekend’s double kicks off a busy month of May that includes ten schedule events including three more next week.

2018 Quick Stats:  4 races, 2 top-five, 3 top-tens.

Up Next: ASCS Red River vs. ASCS Warrior Region at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas on Friday and Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) on Saturday.

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Hafertepe Looking For Victory Lane In Pennsylvania With Lucas Oil ASCS


Bryan Hulbert - MECHANICSBURG, Penn. (May 3, 2018) While things in Kentucky didn't go the way Sam Hafertepe, Jr. had hoped, the Sunnyvale, Texas driver is geared up and ready for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by debut at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 4 and Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, May 5.

"I'm looking forward to getting down to Pennsylvania this weekend. With the experience we have, especially at Williams Grove, I think it's going to help us tremendously. I've been to

, I think twice, and it's a big joint, which both tracks are bigger than what we normally race on."

With that experience to work with, Sam will use the weekend to hopefully take over the top spot in the 2018 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver standings, "Having traveled as much as we have, when we do go to these place, we're able to capitalize because it might catch some of these guys off guard, and honestly, these will be the two hardest races on the schedule all year, just because the guys we're racing with run these tracks so much."

While the Hill's Racing Team eyes Victory Lane this weekend, the team had to bring out a new car before making the trip to the "Keystone State" after colliding with Roger Crockett off the fourth turn at Paducah International Raceway.

"I really don't know what happened at Paducah, all the sudden Roger was there and we hit so hard, it bent the back of my car over, but it is what it is," commented Sam of the crash that landed him with an 18th place DNF. "I was riding around and letting things iron out and finally started getting into a good rhythm and then that deal happened, and I never did get a chance to go talk to Roger. Just tough having to get another car put together."

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2018 Season to Date:

Events: 13; Wins -1 ; Top 5 - 4; Top 10 - 5; Top 15 -7; Top 20 -9;

Up Next:

May 4 at Williams Grove Speedway with Lucas Oil ASCS and URC
May 5 at Selinsgrove Speedway with Lucas Oil ASCS and URC

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Skylar Gee Grabs Top-Five Finish At Knoxville Raceway

 Bryan Hulbert - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (May 4, 2018) Skylar Gee continues to improve at the famed Knoxville Raceway, scoring a fourth-place finish this past Saturday night following a 16th place showing at Paducah International Raceway with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by
"One of my biggest goals this season was getting better at Knoxville. I picked up my qualifying and timed sixth. We ran fourth to second in the Heat Race, and I thought I was going to get Matt Moro at the checkered flag."

Backing up a day to Friday, April 27, Skylar made his debut at the Paducah International Raceway. While the run didn't pan out the way he had hoped, Skylar walked away with a sense of what to do to make things better.

"One day, we're going to get a good draw," chuckled Skylar.

"We had a good car all night, and honestly the car wasn't bad in the feature. It was just a learning night for me. Bryan [Sundby] pointed out some things that I needed to do differently after the B-Main, and I just didn't apply for the feature. I need to learn to be more of a student when I'm given information."
Shifting his attention to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, the goal is always to run up front, but more than that, it's to be smooth.

"Talking to my Dad about running these big tracks, he says basically every time you twitch your hands, you're losing a tenth of a second so running Knoxville, it really teaches you to slow your hands down and be smooth. That's what I'm focused on this weekend is just being smooth in the car. I think I've watched every video I can find just trying to study these tracks."

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2018 Season So Far
Season So Far: Races: 6; Wins: 0; Top Five: 2; Top Ten: 4; Top Twenty: 6;
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May 4 at Williams Grove Speedway with Lucas Oil ASCS and URC
May 5 at Selinsgrove Speedway with Lucas Oil ASCS and URC
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Double-Double on Tap for McIntosh after Hard Charging Top-Five Effort in OKC

Lonnie Wheatley, BIXBY, Okla. (May 3, 2018) – A rare double-double Sprint Car and Midget racing opportunity is in store for 15-year-old Cannon McIntosh and the RL Hudson No. 08 team this weekend in Missouri after rallying from the final row to land a fourth-place finish in last Saturday night’s POWRi West Midget feature at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway.

Coming off a second consecutive top-ten finish in POWRi West Midget competition, McIntosh and the Toyota-TRD team tackle the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget vs. POWRi West Midget series events at Grain Valley, Missouri’s Valley Speedway on Friday night and then Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night.

McIntosh will be pulling double duty on both nights, joining in on Friday’s non-wing WAR Sprint Car action at Valley Speedway and then putting the wing up top for Saturday’s ASCS Warrior Region card at Lucas Oil Speedway.

It will mark McIntosh’s first wingless Sprint Car outing and his second in the winged 360-ci Sprint Car after posting a top-ten run in his debut at Creek County Speedway two weeks ago.  He is currently ranked fourth in POWRi West Midget points.

“It will be a fun deal racing both cars on both nights,” McIntosh comments.  “Valley is a cool place, it always has a nice top to race on.  I didn’t have a great experience last time at Lucas Oil Speedway so hopefully we can turn that around.”

Last weekend’s POWRi West Midget event at I-44 Riverside Speedway began much the way the previous weekend ended for McIntosh with fueling issues preventing him from wheeling his Midget around the 1/5-mile clay oval in both hot laps and his heat race.

By the end of the night though, McIntosh and the RL Hudson/Toyota-TRD No. 08 Midget team rallied back to a fourth-place finish from the 19th starting position in the 25-lap feature event.

“We thought we had our problem from Pevely fixed, but we had only found part of the problem,” McIntosh says.  “After about three hours of thrashing, we got it figured out.”

After transferring from “B” Main action, McIntosh had his work cut out for him, gridding the 20-car field in the 19th starting position.

McIntosh charged through the field atop a choppy surface to snare a fourth-place finish at the stripe.

“It was tough the way the track was, it was a workout,” McIntosh recalls.  “I knew we had a chance to get near the front though, I just had to get out there and gas it up.”

With top tens in each of his last three starts, McIntosh looks to gas it up for some additional strong runs in both Midget and Sprint Car action this weekend.

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2018 Quick Stats:  5 races, 1 top-five, 3 top-tens.

Up Next:

Friday – POWRi Midgets and WAR non-wing Sprint Cars at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO.

Saturday – POWRi Midgets and ASCS Warrior Region Sprint Cars at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

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