Reutzel Breaks Through At Bedford

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Aaron Reutzel (Bert Tojo photo)
Aaron Reutzel (Bert Tojo photo)

BEDFORD, Pa. — The first seven visits to Bedford Speedway resulted in seven different winners, but two-time and defending Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 champion. Aaron Reutzel became the first two-time All Star winner at the track on Sunday night.

The All Star victory, accompanied by a $5,000 top prize, was Reutzel’s ninth of the season, well on his way to a third consecutive series championship with 11 events remaining on the schedule.

“I really can’t say enough about this team. I can’t be more proud of them,” Reutzel said. “To come back after everything that’s happened, and to win like we did, I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved. We are really proud of this one tonight.”

Despite starting from the pole, Reutzel did not lead from start to finish. In fact, the Clute, Texas-native lost the initial battle for the top spot, allowing Danny Dietrich, who started from the outside-pole position, to drive away and lead the first two circuits. A caution on lap three would act as Reutzel’s saving grace, giving the championship hopeful a second chance at controlling the field.

Reutzel’s ensuing restart went off without a hitch, nearly tied to the back bumper of the Gary Kauffman Racing entry as the lead duo raced by the single-file restart cone. Keeping that momentum handy, Reutzel immediately dove to the bottom of turn one and slid across the nose of Dietrich, officially capturing the lead at the exit of turn two.

Although finding a few opportunities to catch Reutzel in traffic, Dietrich would have to settle for second, followed by Paul McMahan, Brent Marks and Cory Eliason.

The finish:

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 5-Brent Marks [7]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 6. 9-James McFadden [11]; 7. 39M-Anthony Macri [5]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9]; 9. 14-Tony Stewart [8]; 10. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [16]; 11. 17-Josh Baughman [4]; 12. 11-Zeb Wise [10]; 13. 2-AJ Flick [14]; 14. 99M-Kyle Moody [12]; 15. 24-Lucas Wolfe [17]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee [15]; 17. 8M-TJ Michael [20]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [19]; 19. 7K-Dan Shetler [21]; 20. O7-Gerard McIntyre [13]; 21. 880-Drew Ritchey [18]; 22. 42-Sye Lynch [22] Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich (1,2), Aaron Reutzel (3-30)