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

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.

Online Coverage:
Each and every event on the 2020 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule will be broadcast live exclusively at www.floracing.com. To access live and on-demand racing action from the All Star Circuit of Champions, visit www.floracing.com and become an annual PRO subscriber. The subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast. To check out exclusive content, visit https://bit.ly/2XR863e.

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

2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Winners:
Volusia Speedway Park, Fla. (2/5/2020): Brad Sweet
Volusia Speedway Park, Fla. (2/6/2020): Aaron Reutzel
East Bay Raceway Park, Fla. (2/10/2020): Aaron Reutzel (2)
East Bay Raceway Park, Fla. (2/11/2020): Kyle Larson
Park Jefferson International Speedway, S.D. (5/29/2020): Aaron Reutzel (3)
Park Jefferson International Speedway, S.D. (5/30/2020): Austin McCarl
Red Dirt Raceway, Okla. (6/5/2020): Aaron Reutzel (4)
81 Speedway, Kan. (6/7/2020): Kyle Larson (2)
Lawton Speedway, Okla. (6/8/2020): Kyle Larson (3)
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Texas (6/10/2020): Kyle Larson (4)
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Okla. (6/11/2020): Brock Zearfoss
Monarch Motor Speedway, Texas (6/12/2020): Danny Dietrich
Lonestar Speedway, Texas (6/13/2020): Aaron Reutzel (5)
Chatham Speedway, Louisiana (6/14/2020): Dominic Scelzi
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (6/24/2020): Anthony Macri
Volunteer Speedway, Tenn. (6/27/2020): Aaron Reutzel (6)
SW: Attica Raceway Park, Ohio (7/3/2020): Cap Henry
SW: Fremont Speedway, Ohio (7/4/2020): Buddy Kofoid
SW: Fremont Speedway, Ohio (7/5/2020): Aaron Reutzel (7)
SW: Wayne County Speedway, Ohio (7/6/2020): Cap Henry (2)
SW: Brushcreek Motorsports Complex, Ohio (7/8/2020): Kyle Larson (5)
SW: Muskingum Co. Speedway, Ohio (7/9/2020): Rico Abreu
SW: Portsmouth Raceway Park, Ohio (7/10/2020): Kyle Larson (6)
SW: Sharon Speedway, Ohio (7/11/2020): Cale Conley
SW: Sharon Speedway, Ohio (7/12/2020): Kyle Larson (7)
Williams Grove Speedway, Pa. (7/17/2020): Kyle Larson (8)
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (7/18/2020): Kyle Larson (9)
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (7/19/2020): Kyle Larson (10)
Plymouth Dirt Track, Wis. (7/30/2020): Kyle Larson (11)
34 Raceway, Iowa (7/31/2020): Kyle Larson (12)
Knoxville Raceway, Iowa (8/1/2020): Kyle Larson (13)
Huset’s Speedway, S.D. (8/2/2020): Cory Eliason
Wilmot Raceway, Wis. (8/21/2020): Cory Eliason (2)
Plymouth Speedway, Ind. (8/22/2020): Aaron Reutzel (8)
Grandview Speedway, Pa. (8/27/2020): Danny Dietrich (2)
Williams Grove Speedway, Pa. (8/28/2020): Canceled/Weather
Lincoln Speedway, Pa. (8/29/2020): Spencer Bayston
Bedford Speedway, Pa. (8/30/2020): Aaron Reutzel (9)

About the All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.

About Ollie’s Bargain Outlet:
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc., founded in 1982, is one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts and excess inventory, offering real brands at real bargain prices. Famous for its signature catch-phrase Good Stuff Cheap, Ollie’s has a huge variety of famous brand-name merchandise in every department – food, books, housewares, toys, electronics, domestics, clothing, furniture, health and beauty, flooring, seasonal items and so much more – at up to 70 percent off the fancy stores’ prices. You never know what you’ll find at one of Ollie’s 366 “semi-lovely” stores in 25 states. For more information, visit www.ollies.us. Like us on Facebook or find us on Twitter at @OlliesOutlet. Ollie’s is a publicly-traded company on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol OLLI.

About Mobil 1:
The world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1™ features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.

For more information, visit mobiloil.com, on Twitter @Mobil1 and, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/mobil1.

Mobil, Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Racing are registered trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation or one of its subsidiaries.

About FloSports:
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Photo Credit: Bert Wojo
Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
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