Aaron Reutzel outruns Danny Dietrich to become first repeat All Star winner at Bedford Speedway

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Aaron Reutzel outruns Danny Dietrich to become first repeat All Star winner at Bedford Speedway

BEDFORD, Pa. (August 30, 2020) – 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, crossed into the mult-time threshold on Sunday night and claimed a second Bedford Speedway feature win, doing so over Central Pennsylvania rival and recent Series winner, Danny Dietrich. The All Star victory, accompanied by a $5,000 top prize, was Reutzel’s ninth of the 2020 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,” Aaron Reutzel said, driver of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports, Folkens Brothers Trucking, Fischer Body Shop, Hollywood Blasting and Coating, Precision Catalyst, No. 87 sprint car. “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 position, Reutzel did not lead from start to finish. In fact, the Clute, Texas-native lost the initial battle for the top spot, allowing 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, Danny Dietrich would have to settle for second, followed by Paul McMahan, Brent Marks and Cory Eliason.

“I knew I wanted to be right on his back bumper when we came down for the restart. The smart thing for (Dietrich) to do would have been to slide himself, but he left the door open for me and I was able to go in there and slide him,” Reutzel continued. “I knew that restart was going to mean everything because clean air was so important here tonight. Regardless, we had a phenomenal race car. I just couldn’t be more proud.”

What’s Next:
The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will hit the road and revisit the home of “Ohio’s Finest Racing” during Labor Day weekend, setting-up shop at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5. The two-day Attica Ambush will award a total winner’s share equaling $15,000; $5,000 on Friday and $10,000 on Saturday. For more news and information pertaining to the 2020 Attica Ambush, please visit Attica Raceway Park online at www.atticaracewaypark.com.

Contingency Awards/Results: Bedford Speedway – August 30, 2020:
Entries: 23
Event: Johnny Grum Classic
C&R Racing Warm-Ups: Brock Zearfoss – 16.428

Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Aaron Reutzel – 16.076

Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Paul McMahan

All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Josh Baughman

Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Danny Dietrich
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash Winner: Aaron Reutzel

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: Aaron Reutzel

Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Kyle Reinhardt (+6)

Qualifying

Group (A)

1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 16.076; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.138; 3. 26-Cory Eliason, 16.195; 4. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.217; 5. 5-Brent Marks, 16.224; 6. 39-Justin Peck, 16.234; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.272; 8. 11-Zeb Wise, 16.391; 9. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 16.425; 10. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.464; 11. 17-Josh Baughman, 16.475; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.538; 13. 2-AJ Flick, 16.581; 14. 99-Skylar Gee, 16.589; 15. 9-James McFadden, 16.594; 16. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.661; 17. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.675; 18. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.743; 19. 7k-Dan Shetler, 16.761; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.799; 21. 880-Drew Ritchey, 17.202; 22. 8M-TJ Michael, 17.204; 23. 42-Sye Lynch, 99.410

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer

1. 13-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [3]; 5. 2-AJ Flick [5]; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 7. 8M-TJ Michael [8]; 8. 7K-Dan Shetler [7]

Heat #2 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer

1. 17-Josh Baughman [1]; 2. 11-Zeb Wise [2]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 4. 5-Brent Marks [3]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [5]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 42-Sye Lynch [8]

Heat #3 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer

1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 2. 9-James McFadden [5]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody [6]; 5. O7-Gerard McIntyre [2]; 6. 880-Drew Ritchey [7]; 7. 39-Justin Peck [3]

Dash #1 (6 Laps)

1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 17-Josh Baughman [6]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [7]; 7. 5-Brent Marks [5]; 8. 14-Tony Stewart [8]

A-Main (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)

2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (As of August 30, 2020)
1. Aaron Reutzel – 4714
2. Cory Eliason – 4622
3. Zeb Wise – 4382
4. Paul McMahan – 4190
5. Skylar Gee – 4108
6. Greg Wilson -3990
7. Josh Baughman – 3858
8. Danny Dietrich – 2770
9. Brock Zearfoss – 2652
10. Kyle Larson – 2642

Contact: Tyler Altmeyer

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1

(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

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