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Harli White Set For 2020 Season With The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series
Bryan Hulbert - LINDSAY, Okla. (February 19, 2020) Arriving back in the United States on Monday after spending time racing in Australia, Harli White is working on making final preparations before setting out on her fourth season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
"Mentally and Physically, I'm ready to go. Since I've been in Australia over the winter, Johnny [Herrera] has been awesome taking care of everything and, aside from decals this weekend, has everything ready to go," stated White when asked about the work during the off-season.
"Johnny and I talked a lot and I feel like our program is more put together than it's ever been. We sold pretty much all of our used parts and are starting new this year, so this is the first time I'll actually be starting the year off fresh."
Sticking close to the same package the team had in 2019, Harli will again unitize Mach1 Chassis with Shark Racing Engines under the Bonnet.
Aside from working on making the program better on the track, Harli and Herrera have also focused on making the program behind the scenes flow better as well. A versatile combination in 2019, the first year allowed the pair to see where improvements could be made.
"That's one thing we've really worked on is developing that bond and friendship as a driver and crew chief. I feel like we've really become more like a family and it's nice having someone that you get along with and can work with on a daily basis. It makes a big difference."
White's stateside program kicks off at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. where the Dustin Dream/Life of Hope Ministries No. 17w hits the track on Thursday, February 27 for practice before starting the tour the following two nights at the one-third mile oval. More information on the event can be found at http://www.ascsracing.com.
The 2020 season marks the 13th year of racing for Harli White. Racing full time with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Harli will also mix in several events throughout the country when not on the road. For continued updates and news on Harli White, log onto http://www.harliwhiteracing.net.
2020 Season to Date:
Events: 4; Wins -0; Top 5 - 1; Top 10 - 1;
February 28 - Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Ariz.) with Lucas Oil ASCS
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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.
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