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Reutzel Dominates NRA Sprint Invaders Portion of the Sprintacular

Aaron Reutzel with Jimmy Johnston's family in victory lane following the Sprintacular at Eldora Speedway. (Mike Campbell Photo)

Aaron Reutzel with Jimmy Johnston’s family in victory lane following the Sprintacular at Eldora Speedway. (Mike Campbell Photo)

By T.J. Buffenbarger

ROSSBURG, Ohio (October 8, 2016) – Aaron Reutzel made his first appearance at Eldora Speedway with the K&L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance a memorable one dominating the Jimmhy Johnston Memorial portions of the Sprintacular Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. Reutzel, the defending ASCS Lucas Oil National Sprint Car Tour champion, took the lead during a restart on lap four and built up a half track lead on his way to victory.

“I’ve never even seen this place. Its really bad ass to come out here and win my first time and event have a hell of a run in the 410’s,” said Reutzel in victory lane.

Reutzel’s dominating performance came in spite of the hood coming lose over the final half of the feature.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t challenging,” said Reutzel about racing with the loose hood.

Dustin Daggett and Butch Schroeder started on the front row for the 25-lap feature event. Daggett led the opening lap with Schroeder and Reutzel in tow. On lap three Randy Hannagan made contact while racing for fourth and flipped hard in turn three to bring out the red flag. Hannagan exited the car under his own power.

During the restart Reutzel used a slide job through turns one and two to take the lead from Daggett. Daggett was able to stay close to Reutzel before slipping in turns three and four as Reutzel pulled away.

After a caution for debris on lap five Reutzel continued to pull away running lap times over one second faster than the rest of the field. Schroeder and Daggett diced for second position.

Reutzel’s only serious challenge during the event was with the left side of his hood coming loose, causing the top and front part of the bodywork to flap in the breeze as Reutzel blasted around the race track. The visual impairment was not enough to slow down Reutzel as he carried on to claim the victory. Schroeder was able to pass Daggett on the final lap to finish second. Daggett, Tim Allison, and Devon Dobie rounded out the top five.

K&L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders
Eldora Speedway
Rossburg, Ohio
Saturday September 8, 2016

Qualifying: 1. 22H – Randy Hannagan, 15.356; 2. 2 – Kyle Sauder, 15.419; 3. 79 – Jordan Thomas, 15.516; 4. 23DD – Devon Dobie, 15.658; 5. 87 – Aaron Reutzel, 15.683; 6. 53 – Jack Dover, 15.735; 7. B20 – Butch Schroeder, 15.789; 8. 71H – Dustin Daggett, 15.797; 9. 35 – Ron Blair, 15.896; 10. 17 – Jared Horstman, 15.899; 11. 11 – Tim Allison, 15.917; 12. 6S – Max Stambaugh, 15.981; 13. 14 – Coleman Gulick, 16.023; 14. 11N – Ed Neumeister, 16.038; 15. 14 – Jim Huppunen, 16.203; 16. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 16.248; 17. 5W – Jeff Williams, 16.308; 18. 10 – Mitch Brown, 16.382; 19. 7J – Joe Swanson, 16.387; 20. 31 – Andy Teunessen, 16.432; 21. 22R – Kevin Roberts Jr. , 16.547; 22. 10J – Jared DeLong, 16.647; 23. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 16.799; 24. 97 – Cory Turner, 16.865; 25. 77X – Alex Hill, 17.239; 26. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 17.351; 27. 84 – Kyle Portenga, 17.469; 28. 12R – Nick Roberts, 17.605; 29. 2CK – Kenny Long, 20.129; 1. 22H – Randy Hannagan, 15.356; 2. 2 – Kyle Sauder, 15.419; 3. 79 – Jordan Thomas, 15.516; 4. 23DD – Devon Dobie, 15.658; 5. 87 – Aaron Reutzel, 15.683; 6. 53 – Jack Dover, 15.735; 7. B20 – Butch Schroeder, 15.789; 8. 71H – Dustin Daggett, 15.797; 9. 35 – Ron Blair, 15.896; 10. 17 – Jared Horstman, 15.899; 11. 11 – Tim Allison, 15.917; 12. 6S – Max Stambaugh, 15.981; 13. 14 – Coleman Gulick, 16.023; 14. 11N – Ed Neumeister, 16.038; 15. 14 – Jim Huppunen, 16.203; 16. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 16.248; 17. 5W – Jeff Williams, 16.308; 18. 10 – Mitch Brown, 16.382; 19. 7J – Joe Swanson, 16.387; 20. 31 – Andy Teunessen, 16.432; 21. 22R – Kevin Roberts Jr. , 16.547; 22. 10J – Jared DeLong, 16.647; 23. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 16.799; 24. 97 – Cory Turner, 16.865; 25. 77X – Alex Hill, 17.239; 26. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 17.351; 27. 84 – Kyle Portenga, 17.469; 28. 12R – Nick Roberts, 17.605; 29. 2CK – Kenny Long, 20.129;

Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 22H – Randy Hannagan, 2. B20 – Butch Schroeder, 3. 17 – Jared Horstman, 4. 23DD – Devon Dobie, 5. 10J – Jared DeLong, 6. 7J – Joe Swanson, 7. 77X – Alex Hill, 8. 12R – Nick Roberts, 9. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 10. 14 – Coleman Guilick. (First five finishers transferred to the A-Main)

Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 71H – Dustin Daggett, 2. 2 – Kyle Sauder, 3. 87 – Aaron Reutzel, 4. 14H – Jim Huppunen, 5. 11 – Tim Allison, 6. 5W – Jeff Williams, 7. 31 – Andy Teunessen, 8. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 9. 20A – Andy Chehowski. (First five finishers transferred to the A-Main)

Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 6M – Max Stambaugh, 2.10B – Mitch Brown, 3. 35 – Ron Blair, 4. 11N – Ed Neumiester, 5. 97 – Cory Turner, 6. 53 – Jack Dover, 7. 79 – Jordan Thomas, 8. 84 – Kyle Poortenga, 9. 22R – Kevin Roberts Jr. (First five finishers transferred to the A-Main)

B-Main (10 Laps): 1. 53 – Jack Dover, 2. 79 – Jordan Thomas, 3. 31 – Andy Teunessen, 4. 5W – Jeff Williams, 5. 77X – Alex Hill, 6. 10J – Jarred DeLong, 7. 22R – Kevin Robert Jr, 8. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 9. 7J – Joe Swanson, 10. 84 – Kyle Poortenga, 11. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 12. 12R – Nick Roberts. (First five finishers transferred to the A-Main)

A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 87 – Aaron Reutzel, 2. B20 – Butch Schroeder, 3. 71H – Dustin Daggett, 4. 11 – Tim Allison, 5. 23D – Devon Dobie, 6. 2 – Kyle Sauder, 7. 53 – Jack Dover, 8. 17 – Jared Horstman, 9. 35 – Ron Blair, 10. 6M – Max Stambaugh, 11. 10B – Mitch Brown, 12. 79 – Jordan Thomas, 13. 31 – Andy Teunessen, 14. 77X – Alex Hill, 15. 97 – Cory Turner, 16. 11N – Ed Neumeister, 17. 14H – Jim Huppunen, 18. 5W – Jeff Wilson, 19. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 20. 22H – Randy Hannagan.