Reutzel Tightens His Grip On Speedweek Points Race

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Reutzel Tightens His Grip
Aaron Reutzel is two races away from his first Ohio Sprint Speedweek title. (Paul Arch photo)

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Two-time defending Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Aaron Reutzel all but slammed the Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek points race shut Friday night.

It wasn’t that Reutzel’s performance was necessarily flashy – he ran second behind a dominant Kyle Larson – but it was the troubles for those chasing him that allowed Reutzel to start pulling away.

After second-ranked Cale Conley missed the feature altogether and third-ranked Paul McMahan struggled home with an 11th-place finish, Reutzel now commands an 82-point lead over the pair, who sit tied for the runner-up spot in Speedweek points with two nights remaining.

Reutzel leads Conley and McMahan 1,008-926 in the latest tally.

California’s Cory Eliason is fourth on 894 points and Indiana’s Zeb Wise has rallied from a tough start to his Speedweek to slide into fifth place in the standings with 870.

Canadian Skylar Gee (862), Josh Baughman (836), Greg Wilson (816), Tim Shaffer (812) and Stuart Brubaker (792) fill out the top 10 in Speedweek points after seven of nine races.

Should Reutzel hold on through a doubleheader weekend at Sharon Speedway, he’ll notch a long-awaited first Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship, taking over from outgoing titlist Dale Blaney.

Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek continues Saturday night with the Lou Blaney Memorial.

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