Ruetzel Rules 81 Speedway
PARK CITY, Kan. — Aaron Reutzel started on the pole and never looked back as he decimated the rest of the 20-car field as the National Championship Racing Ass’n sprint car series and the American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region ended their two-race challenge Sunday night at 81 Speedway.
Reutzel, who claimed his fourth ASCS sanctioned victory, took the lead as the green flag waved for the 30-lap feature and quickly opened a half stretch lead over third starting Matt Covington.
The Clute, Texas, driver was on a rail on the topside of the three-eighths-mile oval and by lap six had reached the slower cars. Covington would close to within five car lengths as the leader looked to get past several slower cars and that was as close as he would get as Reutzel worked his way through the traffic and again opened a commanding half stretch lead.
The only way of slowing down Reutzel was a lap-20 caution flag when former NCRA sprint car champion Kevin Ramey slowed at the top of turn four.
Once racing resumed Reutzel continued his domination of the competition and went on to claim his first career NCRA victory by a half straightaway over Covington. Jeremy Campbell came from his eighth starting position to break up a potential all ASCS regular finish as he claimed third. Tony Bruce Jr. took time off the national tour to drive the famed Ochs Brothers No. 1x from 12th to fourth. Texas driver Josh Baughman rounded out the top five.
Aaron Reutzel, Matt Covington, Jeremy Campbell, Tony Bruce Jr., Josh Baughman, Jack Dover, Billy Alley, Jordan Weaver, Jon Freeman, Sean McClelland, Cody Ledger, Dustin Morgan, J.D. Johnson, Jake Martens, Forrest Sutherland, Kris Miller, Scott Lehman, Kevin Ramey, Luke Cranston, Mike Goodman.