Aaron Reutzel (Prelim 2 A main Highlights from SpeedShifttv.com)
D.J Foos brought out a yellow on lap 2 by stopping on the front stretch. Jacobs then led a good portion of this feature as Helms faded. Caleb’s motor would stumble on the restarts and that hurt him for position almost every time. Abreu got by Helms around lap 7 or 8 and set sail for Jacobs and got within striking distance in traffic a few times but couldn’t pass. Jacobs then spins it out in turn 1 on lap 13, handing Abreu the lead. The running order is Abreu, Helms, Shaffer, Ryan Smith, Swindell, Eliason, up from 11th, and Kofoid, up from the tail! Then you have Dean Jacobs, Bayston, Peck, and Conley. Rico’s front wing is cockeyed as well as Ryan Smith’s front wing. On the restart Abreu forges ahead looking unbeatable as Helms fades. On lap 21 the order was Rico, Shaffer and Sammy Swindell in third until Swindell cuts down a tire in turn 3 and now Eliason is in third followed by Helms and Kofoid, who is now in 5th! On the restart, Conley gets upside down….but not before Eliason gets by Shaffer for 2nd and Kofoid gets past Helms for 4th. On the red flag stop, Rico gets interviewed and says his strategy is to run like hell! Ha Ha. Rico is using the high line and keeping up good momentum but Eliason is really coming! When action resumes, Eliason gets past Abreu on lap 24 and wins it followed by Shaffer, Koifoid, Bayston and Helms. Nice race Eliason, who wins it from the 11th starting spot!
In A main 2, the front row is Paige Polyak on the pole alongside Kerry Madsen. Row 2 is Ruetzel and Duncan with Haudenschild and Brown in row 3. We get the 2nd A main going and on lap 1, McMahon gets a flat and Schurenburg breaks the front axle…both go to the pits. Then on the 2nd lap restart Polyak bounces through turn 3 and gets sideways and does a soft roll and Haudenschild t-bones her. Duncan has a rear end lock up as well, stopping in turn 4. When action resumes, Madsen takes command and looks to be the eventual winner but he slows on lap 16 bringing out the caution. He was done for the night and visibly upset about it. Ruetzel had been lurking in second and got close to Kerry in traffic a few times, putting on a nice battle, but could not pass. The running order is now Reutzel, Henry, PPM, Zearfoss, Brown, Saldana, Gunn, and Lucas Wolfe, Dave Blaney and Gio Scelzi. On the restart, Reutzel goes on to win, powering thru the turns effortlessly followed by Henry, and Brown, PPM, Saldana and Zearfoss.
Wow, that was a lot of racing, let’s do this again tomorrow! Thank you Mansfield Motor Speedway and thank you to the drivers and race teams! (Night 2 was postponed)