REUTIMANN JR. RALLIES FROM CRASH TO TAKE LANIER O'REILLY USCS WIN BRASELTON, GA - Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL didn't let an early race crash slow him down, as he blasted through the field in his Case Constructing ...
REUTIMANN JR. RALLIES FROM CRASH TO TAKE LANIER O'REILLY USCS WIN
BRASELTON, GA - Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL didn't let an early race crash slow him down, as he blasted through the field in his Case Constructing Hurricane/Snyder to win the 40-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour feature race Saturday night at Lanier National Speedway.
Reutimann went to the back of the pack after a lap three tangle with Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN, but came back to take the lead from Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH on lap 27, and then cruised to his fourth career O'Reilly USCS victory. Reutimann posted his second O'Reilly USCS win at Lanier National Speedway, with the first coming on August 31, 2002.
The third-generation driver showed he had a stout race car in Qualifications by setting a new track record. Reutimann toured the 3/8-mile paved oval in 11.688 seconds for an average speed of 115.503 miles per hour.
After leading the first 26 laps of the race, 18-year-old Myers posted his second-straight second-place finish in the Garrett Myers Farms Domelt/Garrett-Myers. Myers was the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race, the Rookie of the Race, the K&N Filters Pole Award winner, and the Outlaw Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award winner.
Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL pitted with a flat tire on lap 26, but came back to turn in a third-place showing in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Adams won the K&N Filters Third-Place Award.
Defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN took the fourth spot in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Gray also won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the Engler Tool and Machine first 10-lap heat race.
Reutimann, Myers, and Gray are locked in a three-way tie for the O'Reilly USCS point standings after three events.
Doug Day of Winder, GA finished fifth in the Gotta Race Eagle/Dingler, and picked up the SpeedMart Top Five Award. The sixth spot went to 16-year-old rookie Matt Tiffany in the Independent Printing Hurricane/Ott. Tiffany also won the ButlerBuilt second 10-lap heat race.
Another Rookie of the Year candidate, 18-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL finished seventh in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA was eighth in the Saligoe Metal Works Saligoe/Broome Performance.
Tom Winegardner Sr. of Pierson, FL was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race after starting his Snap On Tools/WRP J&J/Hampshire 21st and finishing ninth. J.J. Dutton of Tampa, FL rounded out the top ten in the American Trading Post and Pawn Hurricane/Skeeter.
Myers took the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL in the Case Constructing Avenger/Snyder, Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC in the Chick-Fil-A Shaw/ERI, Swindell in the York Excavating/Wirtgen America Maxim/Kistler, and Reutimann Jr.
The first of four caution flags came out on lap three when Swindell and Reutimann Jr. tangled in turn two. Reutimann was able to restart at the back of the pack, but Swindell was disqualified from the event due to the actions of his father and crew chief Sammy Swindell.
The younger Swindell, who was the series point leader coming into the event, was disqualified from the race when the elder Swindell drove the team's support vehicle on the race track under caution and made contact with Reutimann Jr.' s race car.
The second caution occurred on the restart when Gohn and 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN got together in turn two. Gohn was able to continue, but 17-year-old Johnson was done for the night. Myers led Reutimann Sr., Ragsdale, Gray, and Day down for the restart.
Ragsdale passed Reutimann Sr. for the second spot on lap eight, as Reutimann Sr. began to fall off the pace, and pulled to the infield on lap 11. By that point in the race, Adams had worked his way into the top five, and passed Day and Gray to take over the third spot, while Reutimann was back into the top ten riding in seventh.
Adams got past Ragsdale for the second spot on lap 15, and Reutimann Jr. broke into the top five. Reutimann Jr. was by Gray for fourth on lap 16, and then drove around Ragsdale for the third spot on lap 18.
The third caution flag was out on lap 26 when Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL suddenly slowed his Snap On Tools/WRP J&J/WRP on the front straightaway. Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL could not get his Martin Structures, Inc. Shaw/ZRE slowed down quick enough, and got into the back of Winegardner Jr.
During the caution period, Adams had to give up the second spot when he pitted with a flat tire. That moved Reutimann Jr. up to the second spot for the restart. Myers tried to hold him off after the restart, but Reutimann drove under Myers to take the lead in turn four on lap 27.
Gray passed Ragsdale for the third spot on lap 29. Ragsdale slowed off the pace on lap 34, and stalled on the backstretch to bring out the fourth and final caution flag. Reutimann came down for the restart followed by Myers, Gray, Day, and Adams, who charged back into the top five for the six lap dash to the finish.
Reutimann Jr. was able to check out after the restart, but Adams went to work. The "Malabar Missile" got around Day for the fourth spot on lap 38, and worked by Gray for the third spot on lap 39. Adams closed on Myers during the final lap, but the 18-year-old driver held off the veteran for the second spot at the checkered flag.
The next event for the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour will be at Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC on April 2. For ticket information, call Concord Motorsport Park at (704) 482-4221, or visit the Concord Motorsports Park web site at www.concordmotorsportpark.com. Concord Motorsport Park is located south of Concord, NC on U.S. Highway 601, five miles south of State Road 49.