REUTIMANN SR. STILL SHOWS THE WINNING WAY WITH KENLY O'REILLY USCS VICTORY KENLY, NC - Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL added another victory to the hundreds of wins he's collected in his 40-year racing career with an ...
REUTIMANN SR. STILL SHOWS THE WINNING WAY WITH KENLY O'REILLY USCS VICTORY
KENLY, NC - Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL added another victory to the hundreds of wins he's collected in his 40-year racing career with an O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series win Saturday night at Southern National Speedway. The 60-year-old Reutimann showed he still had some gas left in the tank with the victory.
"When you win a race this late in your career, it's very special, especially with the young kids the O'Reilly USCS has running in it because they're fearless," Reutimann said. "Add guys like Kenny Adams and Terry Gray, and it just shows how tough it is to win one of these races."
Reutimann took over the lead on lap 14, and the rest of the way in the 40-lap feature race driving the Case Contracting/Revere GMC Hurricane/Snyder, as the Auto Mechanics teacher at Zephyrhills High School held class during the main event.
The O'Reilly USCS National points leader Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL made a late race charge, but fell short in his Milk Movers/Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and had to settle for the second spot.
Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN was looking for his third straight O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder win, but the 16-year-old driver brought the York Excavating/Wirtgen America Maxim/Kistler home in the third spot. Swindell was also the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race, and the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race for drivers under the age of 25.
To make the top five a family affair, the winner's son and O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder point leader Wayne Reutimann Jr. finished fourth in the Case Contracting Hurricane/Snyder, and the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion and Swindell's Uncle Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN rounded out the top five in the Wendy's/Goodson Farms Maxim/Wesmar.
Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Year point leader Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL finished sixth in the Milk Movers/Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH was seventh in the Garrett-Myers Farms Domelt/Garrett-Myers. Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC took the eighth spot in the Bridges Motorsports J&J/Bridges Ford.
The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN finished ninth in the Tinsley Engineering J&J/ZRE, and Charles Ladner of Tampa, FL rounded out the top ten in the AutoCraft Hurricane/AutoCraft.
The K&N Filters Pole Award winner Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL took the lead at the drop of the green flag, followed by outside front row starter Reutimann Sr., Gray, Swindell, Reutimann Jr., and Adams. On lap two, Adams passed both Reutimann Jr. and Swindell in turns three and four to move up to the fourth spot.
Lap three saw Adams pass Gray for the third position with an outside move in turn one. Very early in the race, it was also apparent Martin was having a problem, as a stream of liquid began flowing from behind his race car. The car quit leaking after a few laps, but the fluid that was lost was originally there to either cool and/or lubricate something inside the car.
Possessing a big lead, Martin suddenly slowed down the backstretch on lap 14, and then his Martin Structures, Inc. Shaw/ZRE came to a stop in turn three to bring out the caution flag. Martin was done for the night, and he was awarded the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.
Reutimann Sr. inherited the lead followed by Adams, Gray, Swindell, and Reutimann Jr. On lap 25, Swindell got around Gray to take over the third spot, and then set sail after Adams in second-place. Reutimann Jr. moved up to the fourth position with a lap 28 pass on Gray. By lap 30, Adams and Swindell started a battle for the second spot, as they closed in on Reutimann Sr.
With Adams and Swindell battling for the second spot, Reutimann Sr. was able to pull away in lapped traffic, and cruised home for the win.
Frank Scimeca of Tampa, FL started 18th and finished 12th to earn the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award. Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash. Reutimann Sr. won the Engler Machine and Tool first eight-lap heat race, and Martin took the win in the ButlerBuilt second eight-lap heat race.
Swindell was the fast qualifier among the 20 entrants with a lap around the 4/10-mile high-banked paved oval in 12.580 seconds for an average speed of 114.467 miles per hour.
The O'Reilly USCS returns to the dirt with its next event this Thursday night at Virginia Motor Speedway in Saluda, VA. The O'Reilly USCS is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country that competes for National points in both surfaces.