Reutzel Strikes Again At Lernerville

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Aaron Reutzel, shown here earlier this year at Wayne County Speedway, won Friday's Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions event at Lernerville Speedway. (Mike Campbell Photo)
Aaron Reutzel, shown here earlier this year at Wayne County Speedway, won Friday's Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions event at Utica-Rome Speedway. (Mike Campbell Photo)

SARVER, Pa. – Aaron Reutzel raced to his second-straight Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory on Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Reutzel took the lead after a lap-eight restart and never looked back, leading the remainder of the 30-lap distance. It as his third victory in his last four series starts.

Gerard McIntyre and Paul McMahan lead the field to green flag. Reutzel moved up quickly through the field before the caution flag waved for Clay Riney, who did a complete spin with four laps in the books.

When racing resumed Reutzel lost a position to Cale Conley. The pair traded slide jobs while McIntyre found himself engaged in a battle with McMahan for the race lead.

Dan Kuriger then brought out the caution flag with seven laps down. On the ensuing restart Reutzel rocketed to the lead as if he’d been shot out of a cannon and quickly built a gap between himself and the rest of the field.

By lap 13 Conley had moved into second and set his sights on Reutzel, who by now had entered lap traffic.

McMahan made his way back around Conley as the battle for the runner up spot continued. Meanwhile, Greg Wilson was charging through the field, coming from his 20th starting spot to fifth by the halfway point.

Out front all eyes were on Reutzel, who stretched his lead out to nearly 2.5 seconds.

Reutzel didn’t want to see the caution flag wave with two laps left as Conley suffered a flat rear tire while running third, which set the stage for MacMahan and Wilson, who by then had made his way to third, to have one last chance at victory.

On the restart Ruetzel was money, pulling away to earn his fifth victory of the season.

McMahan settled for second, followed by Wilson, Lee Jacobs and Skylar Gee.

The finish:

1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 2. 13-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [20]; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs [8]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [6]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [11]; 7. O7-Gerard McIntyre [1]; 8. K4-Chad Kemenah [23]; 9. 11-Dale Blaney [22]; 10. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr. [13]; 11. 2-AJ Flick [12]; 12. 70X-Justin Peck [21]; 13. 11B-Carl Bowser [10]; 14. 70-Brock Zearfoss [9]; 15. 22-Brandon Spithaler [19]; 16. 3C-Cale Conley [3]; 17. C1-Clay Riney [4]; 18. 7K-Dan Shetler [14]; 19. 46-Michael Bauer [18]; 20. 23S-Russ Sansosti [24]; 21. 4N-Jim Morris [16]; 22. 40-George Hobaugh [17]; 23. 35Z-Jared Zimbardi [5]; 24. O8-Dan Kuriger [15].