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Reutzel Wins ASCS Portion of the Jackson Nationals

Aaron Reutzel with his team in victory lane following his victory at the Jackson Nationals. (ASCS / Rob Kocak Photo)

Aaron Reutzel with his team in victory lane following his victory at the Jackson Nationals. (ASCS / Rob Kocak Photo)

From Bryan Hulbert

JACKSON, Minn. (September 4, 2016) — With an up and down season in 2016, Aaron Reutzel sailed to cloud-nine at the 38th AGCO Jackson Nationals as the Dissolvalloy No. 87 utilized a restart with two laps remaining to get the run around Ian Madsen to win the night’s $10,000 prize with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

“This is unbelievable. This is just unbelievable. I have some other choice words I want to say, but this is just unbelievable,” said a jubilant Aaron Reutzel who picked up his second Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win of the season.

“This is just awesome. You know, we’re just back to having fun. J.J. [Simmons] came on board me. We grew up together and since he’s been here, we’ve had positive attitudes and as soon as he came over, we starting having good runs. We really needed this one bad.”

Gridding the field 14th, Reutzel was fast from the start. Quickly into the top-ten, Aaron spent the second lap dicing it up with Johnny Herrera for the sixth position. Working low on the No. 45x, in three and four, Aaron threw the slide in turns one and two on Lap 3 but would miss the bottom.

Sending the No. 87 across the track and into Herrera’s left front; the contact sent the No. 45x flipping off the top of the Jackson Motorplex.

“I can’t stress enough how sorry I am for Johnny,” said Reutzel. “I hadn’t gone down there the whole race, and I slide him in three and four and it stuck and when I went to turns one and two, I thought I’d do the same, but when I slipped off the bottom and just slid across the track and the mistake I made was trying to stop it instead of just riding it out and I know he didn’t even have enough time to touch the brake. Again, I just have to apologize to him, Ann [Herrera], and Chris [Stivers}. I really am sorry.”

With no damage to the No. 87, Aaron rode just outside the top-five with Danny Lasoski in fifth. Giving the Team Jack Foundation No. 1m a run, the race lead was in the hands of Ian Madsen as Kerry Madsen and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. gave chase.

Caution on Lap 17 for Harli White who laid a trail of water through turns one and two, Aaron rolled to third around Lasoski and Hafertepe on the restart. With the laps clicking off, the night’s $10,000 check looked to be in the hands of Ian Madsen, but the caution flew on last time on Lap 23 as Danny Lasoski’s night ended with an early trip to the pits.

To the green, it was Madsen and Madsen with both Ian and Kerry rolling low to protect against the slide, but leaving the high side open was all it took. Taking second from Kerry down the back stretch, Aaron charged the bottom side into turn three. Letting the No. 87 slide to the cushion, Aaron was side by side with Ian Madsen for the lead with Aaron able to complete the move.

With momentum to his advantage, Reutzel crossed 1.077 seconds ahead of Ian at the checkered flag.

“It sucks, but there’s not much you can do. I just got a little unlucky there at the end but congrats to Aaron and his team. He drove a great race to come from that far back, but this was a really strong run for our team,” commented Ian on the runner-up finish.

Kerry Madsen crossed third with Josh Baughman coming from eighth to fourth. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. completed the night’s top-five. Sixth went to Gregg Bakker with Carson McCarl seventh. From 15th, Wayne Johnson brought the No. 2c home eighth with Skylar Prochaska following from 16th to ninth. Having to utilize a provisional and back-up engine, Seth Bergman charged from 24th to complete the top-ten.

With 41 overall drivers making the trip to the 38th AGCO Jackson Nationals, 38 took part in Sunday’s finale. Four Heat Races were topped by Carson McCarl, Ryan Bickett, Kaley Gharst, and Johnny Herrera. Twin B-Mains went to Harli White and Logan Forler. Matt Covington and Seth Bergman used point’s based Provisionals.

Up next of for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is the, $10,000 to win sixth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial at the Lucas Oil Speedway, happening September 22-24, 2016 at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. For more information, log onto http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results:

ASCS National
Jackson Motorplex – Jackson, Minn.
38th AGCO Jackson Nationals – Night 2 (ASCS)
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Car Count: 38
Event Count: 41

ButlerBuilt Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 6-Carson McCarl[2]; 2. 7W-Tasker Phillips[1]; 3. 17-Josh Baughman[6]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson[7]; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm[3]; 6. 3P-Sawyer Phillips[4]; 7. 4H-Cody Hansen[5]; 8. (DNF) 32-Dalton Johnson[8]; (DNS) 42-Kevin Flowers

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17B-Ryan Bickett[2]; 2. 23W-Scott Winters[4]; 3. 75C-Casey Heser[5]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn[9]; 5. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson[7]; 6. 14-Ben Holmberg[8]; 7. 2H-Bill Boles[1]; 8. 5J-Jamie Ball[6]; 9. 23-Seth Bergman[3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Kaley Gharst[2]; 2. 11X-Gregg Bakker[6]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[5]; 4. 35-Skylar Prochaska[7]; 5. 2L-Logan Forler[8]; 6. 612-Issac Schruers[1]; 7. 10J-Justin Jacobsma[3]; 8. 1A-John Anderson[4]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera[2]; 2. 4J-Lee Grosz[1]; 3. 33-James Broty[3]; 4. 17W-Harli White[6]; 5. 21-Brian Brown[5]; 6. 2-Derrik Lusk[8]; 7. 95-Matt Covington[7]; 8. (DNF) 4-Adam Speckman[4]

BMRS B-Features (Top 3 finishers transfer to the tail of the A)

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White[2]; 2. 7W-Tasker Phillips[1]; 3. 3P-Sawyer Phillips[5]; 4. 33-James Broty[3]; 5. 10J-Justin Jacobsma[7]; 6. 1A-John Anderson[8]; 7. 612-Issac Schruers[6]; 8. 14-Ben Holmberg[4]; (DNS) 21-Brian Brown; (DNS) 42-Kevin Flowers; (DNS) 32-Dalton Johnson

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler[2]; 2. 2-Derrik Lusk[4]; 3. 4J-Lee Grosz[1]; 4. 95-Matt Covington[6]; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm[5]; 6. 4H-Cody Hansen[7]; 7. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson[3]; 8. 4-Adam Speckman[8]; (DNS) 23-Seth Bergman; (DNS) 2H-Bill Boles; (DNS) 5J-Jamie Ball

Protect the Harvest A-Feature

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[14]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen[2]; 3. 117-Kerry Madsen[1]; 4. 17-Josh Baughman[8]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[4]; 6. 11X-Gregg Bakker[7]; 7. 6-Carson McCarl[6]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson[15]; 9. 35-Skylar Prochaska[16]; 10. 23-Seth Bergman[24]; 11. 7-Kaley Gharst[9]; 12. 2L-Logan Forler[18]; 13. 4J-Lee Grosz[22]; 14. 2-Derrik Lusk[20]; 15. 7W-Tasker Phillips[19]; 16. 23W-Scott Winters[12]; 17. 17B-Ryan Bickett[5]; 18. 52-Blake Hahn[11]; 19. (DNF) 1M-Danny Lasoski[3]; 20. (DNF) 17W-Harli White[17]; 21. (DNF) 3P-Sawyer Phillips[21]; 22. (DNF) 75C-Casey Heser[13]; 23. (DNF) 45X-Johnny Herrera[10]; 24. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington[23]

Lap Leader(s): Ian Madsen 1-23; Aaron Reutzel 24-25
FSR High Point Driver: Gregg Bakker
Hard Charger: Seth Bergman +14
Provisional(s): Seth Bergman / Matt Covington

2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,841; 2. Johnny Herrera 3,588; 3. Blake Hahn 3,390; 4. Wayne Johnson 3,379; 5. Matt Covington 3,256; 6. Logan Forler 3,255; 7. Seth Bergman 3,242; 8. Aaron Reutzel 3,092; 9. Josh Baughman 2,407; 10. Kyle Bellm 2,321;