Knoxville winners

Devin Kline (Pro Sprints), Aaron Reutzel (410) and Jamie Ball (360) were winners at Knoxville Saturday.

KNOXVILLE – Two-time and defending All Star Circuit of Champions title-winner Aaron Reutzel picked up his first career win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday night in dominating fashion. The native of Texas who now calls Knoxville his home, used a week off from the All-Star schedule to hone his skills on the famous half-mile and it paid off to the tune of $4,000 aboard the Baughman/Reutzel Motorsports No. 87. Jamie Ball sealed his sixth career win in the 360 class, while Devin Kline returned after a two-year absence to win in the Pace Performance Pro Sprints.

Sawyer Phillips took off from his pole position starting spot to pace the 20-lap 410 feature early ahead of Austin McCarl, and Reutzel, who started sixth. Phillips was in lapped traffic by the fifth circuit, and a minor hesitation in turns three and four cost the lead.

Reutzel shot by both McCarl and Phillips to lead lap five. In turns one and two, McCarl made contact with Phillips while trying to avoid a lapper. The result was moves by McCarl and Brian Brown into second and third, respectively.

While Reutzel had no peer in traffic, Brown stalked McCarl until the twelfth lap, when he found his way by for second in heavy lapped traffic. At that point, Reutzel had built a six-second lead on his nearest competitors.

Reutzel cruised home in the non-stop affair, followed by Brown, McCarl, Phillips and Matt Juhl. Josh Schneiderman, Terry McCarl, Davey Heskin, Justin Henderson and Trey Starks rounded out the top ten. Brown set quick time and won his heat. Juhl and Starks were other heat winners.

“We’ve just never put a whole race together here,” said a happy Reutzel in Victory Lane.  “Luckily, our schedule worked out where we could come out and test. We tried a few things in qualifying and the heat race. We definitely wanted to try and win it. It was a little bit of a handful, but they said we were plenty gone. Maybe that’s what it takes to get around this place is to have a handful. Hats off to my guys. We were glad to have a weekend off to be here.”

Carson McCarl, who won the 360 opener here two weeks ago, led early in the 18-lap 360 feature. Jamie Ball took second from Joe Beaver on lap two before a caution came out for Stu Snyder three laps in. McCarl led Ball, Beaver, Matt Moro and Clint Garner back to green.

A pair of South Dakotans, Garner and Matt Juhl, moved into fourth and fifth on the restart, and put on a battle of their own. Juhl slid on the low side of Garner entering turn three on lap five and took the third spot before Tom Lenz stopped on the high side of turn two to bring out a second caution. 

McCarl took off on the cushion, but Ball’s car was working well on the low side of the racy surface. He shot to the lead when the green fell again, as Juhl picked off third, getting by Beaver. Lap seven saw Juhl use the low side himself to get by McCarl for second and set his sights on Ball.

Juhl, who won at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota Friday night, tried to run down the leader, who entered lapped traffic on the thirteenth circuit. The chase was to no avail.

Ball did have some unneeded excitement in the late going. Coming out of turn four for the checkers, the red flag would fly instead. Sixth running Kelby Watt got sideways, collecting Matt Moro. The two took a nasty ride in turn two that saw necessary fence repair. Both drivers walked away.

The green, white, checker finish didn’t phase Ball, who pulled away for his sixth 360 win here. Juhl was second, ahead of Garner, McCarl and Beaver. Brooke Tatnell, Calvin Landis, Lee Grosz, hard-charger Cody Ledger and Kaleb Johnson completed the top ten. Landis set quick time, and Garret Williamson, Tatnell, Ryan Leavitt and Tasker Phillips won heat races. Christian Bowman took the B main. Eric Mason and Chris Morgan were both flip victims in the heats, but both walked away.

“Our Charlie Fisher absolutely rip,” said Ball. “I’ve never felt this good at Knoxville. I could go anywhere. Matt Juhl has been on a roll lately, and he’s a really good racecar driver. I knew I had to get off of turn two, and if I got off of two, I had a decent enough line in three and four to hold him off. My hat goes off to these guys. I’m just the lucky one who gets to drive it. I give it all up to God. I’m lucky for all the opportunities I have. This year I said we’re getting back to fun. That was fun.”

Two years off for former track champion, Devin Kline, was no problem with the Pace Performance Pro Sprints. Kline, who was the career leader in feature wins in the class until being passed last season by Matthew Stelzer, led from start to finish in the 15-lap main event aboard rookie Matt Allen’s No. 17.

Ironically, Kline and Stelzer started side by side in row one. While Kline led Stelzer the distance and recorded his twelfth career feature win in the class (tying Stelzer atop the list), Russ Hall, who won the season opener, was working his way from his fifth starting spot up to third. Mike Mayberry was fourth, and Evan Epperson finished fifth. Chase Young, Matthew Johnson, Devin Wignall, Chris Walraven and Jeff Wilke rounded out the top ten. Mayberry and Johnson were heat winners. Mike Johnston got upside down in his heat race. He was OK but done for the night.

“I’m tired,” said Kline in Victory Lane. “It’s just like riding a bike. I have to thank Matt Allen. He’s going to run the car the rest of the year, but he let me hop in for a night. I really appreciate that. The guys at White Lightning Motorsports help Matt, so it was the same old car I was used to. I lost my brakes there in the end, and that was a little tricky for me. I got up on some lapped traffic, but we pulled through.”

Knoxville Raceway takes the weekend of June 27 off, but returns for a doubleheader on Fourth of July weekend. Vermeer Night leads things off on Friday, July 3, while the Fourth of July will see Town Crier Night that will also be Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame Night. All three sprint car divisions will be in action both nights. For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or check Knoxville Raceway’s Facebook and Twitter.

410 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (1), 15.647; 2. 87, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (10), 15.772; 3. 4, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (8), 15.878; 4. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (11), 15.918; 5. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (2), 15.953; 6. 7, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (13), 15.980; 7. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (3), 16.018; 8. 55M, McKenna Haase, Des Moines, IA (12), 16.056; 9. 27, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Paola, KS (7), 16.059; 10. 83, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (6), 16.107; 11. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (19), 16.172; 12. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (15), 16.218; 13. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (21), 16.271; 14. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (17), 16.273; 15. 16, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (22), 16.283; 16. 9W, Ryan Giles, Grimes, IA (5), 16.296; 17. 2KS, Chad Boespflug, Hanford, CA (16), 16.332; 18. 44S, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (14), 16.488; 19. 15, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (20), 16.541; 20. 56, Joe Simbro, Pleasantville, IA (18), 16.982; 21. 14K, Tori Knutson, Monticello, MN (4), 18.326; 22. 50, Mike Ayers, Waukee, IA (9), 18.424

Heat one (started), 8 Laps, 2:14.2: 1. Brian Brown (6); 2. Chris Martin (2); 3. Ryan Giles (1); 4. Sawyer Phillips (4); 5. Davey Heskin (5); 6. Bobby Mincer (7); 7. Mike Ayers (8); 8. Lynton Jeffrey (3)

Heat two (started), 8 Laps, 2:16.3: 1. Matt Juhl (3); 2. Josh Schneiderman (2); 3. Aaron Reutzel (6); 4. Austin McCarl (5); 5. Chad Boespflug (1); 6. McKenna Haase (4); 7. Joe Simbro (7)

Heat three (started), 8 Laps, NT: 1. Trey Starks (1); 2. Terry McCarl (6); 3. Justin Henderson (5); 4. Tasker Phillips (3); 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (4); 6. Tori Knutson (7); 7. Brooke Tatnell (2)

A main (started), 20 Laps, 5:57.8: 1. Aaron Reutzel (6); 2. Brian Brown (8); 3. Austin McCarl (4); 4. Sawyer Phillips (1); 5. Matt Juhl (2); 6. Josh Schneiderman (11); 7. Terry McCarl (7); 8. Davey Heskin (3); 9. Justin Henderson (5); 10. Trey Starks (13); 11. Chris Martin (9); 12. Lynton Jeffrey (16); 13. Tasker Phillips (14); 14. Ryan Giles (15); 15. Bobby Mincer (18); 16. McKenna Haase (12); 17. Chad Boespflug (17); 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10); 19. Mike Ayers (21); 20. Joe Simbro (20); 21. Tori Knutson (19). Lap Leaders: S. Phillips 1-4, Reutzel 5-20. Hard-charger: Brown. 

360 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 70, Calvin Landis, Knoxville, IA (5), 16.762; 2. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (12), 16.788; 3. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (16), 16.798; 4. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (17), 16.847; 5. 53, Joe Beaver, Knoxville, IA (1), 16.860; 6. 1K, Kelby Watt, Adel, IA (8), 16.902; 7. 22K, Kaleb Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD (9), 16.924; 8. 4J, Lee Grosz, Harwood, ND (22), 16.928; 9. 2M, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (2), 16.934; 10. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (19), 16.950; 11. 35, Josh Higday, Des Moines, IA (14), 17.016; 12. 66, Ricky Montgomery, Denver, CO (7), 17.028; 13. 83, Rob Kubli, Milo, IA (10), 17.099; 14. 8L, Tom Lenz, Marion, IA (28), 17.115; 15. 35L, Cody Ledger, Omaha, NE (3), 17.160; 16. 15, Christian Bowman, Altoona, IA (25), 17.170; 17. 24N, Nathan Mills, Bondurant, IA (32), 17.215; 18. 14, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (13), 17.220; 19. 81E, Eric Bridger, Winterset, IA (27), 17.228; 20. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (23), 17.255; 21. 24, Garret Williamson, Columbia, MO (18), 17.274; 22. 76, Brad Comegys, Bondurant, IA (21), 17.289; 23. 22, Ryan Leavitt, Knoxville, IA (30), 17.321; 24. 23S, Stu Snyder, Waverly, NE (24), 17.427; 25. 6, Mitchell Alexander, Knoxville, IA (26), 17.511; 26. 81A, Chris Morgan, Topeka, KS (15), 17.535; 27. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (6), 17.601; 28. 33, Alan Zoutte, Knoxville, IA (20), 17.605; 29. B29, Eric Mason, Knoxville, IA (31), 17.680; 30. 7B, Ben Brown, Marshall, MO (11), 17.849; 31. 41D, Dan Henning, Columbia, IA (33), 18.634; 32. 11B, Ben Woods, Newton, IA (4), NT; DQ (Illegal Tire) 88, Rowdy Reber, Rapid City, SD (29).

Heat one (started), 7 Laps, 2:01.7: 1. Garret Williamson (1); 2. Matt Moro (4); 3. Nathan Mills (2); 4. Calvin Landis (6); 5. Joe Beaver (5); 6. Rob Kubli (3); 7. Mitchell Alexander (7); 8. Eric Mason (8) DNS – Ben Woods

Heat two (started), 7 Laps, 2:02.9: 1. Brooke Tatnell (2); 2. Carson McCarl (4); 3. Matt Juhl (6); 4. Kelby Watt (5); 5. Brad Comegys (1); 6. Tom Lenz (3); 7. Ben Brown (8); 8. Chris Morgan (7)

Heat three (started), 7 Laps, 2:06.0: 1. Ryan Leavitt (1); 2. Josh Higday (4); 3. Jamie Ball (6); 4. Cody Ledger (3); 5. Eric Bridger (2); 6. Kaleb Johnson (5); 7. Ryan Bunton (7); 8. Dan Henning (8)

Heat four (started), 7 Laps, 2:04.3: 1. Tasker Phillips (2); 2. Clint Garner (6); 3. Ricky Montgomery (4); 4. Lee Grosz (5); 5. Stu Snyder (1); 6. Christian Bowman (3); 7. Rowdy Reber (8); 8. Alan Zoutte (7)

B main (started), 10 Laps, 3:00.8: 1. Christian Bowman (1); 2. Eric Bridger (2); 3. Ryan Bunton (7); 4. Brad Comegys (3); 5. Stu Snyder (4) / 6. Rowdy Reber (12); 7. Mitchell Alexander (5); 8. Ben Brown (10); 9. Dan Henning (11); 10. Alan Zoutte (8) DNS – Chris Morgan, Eric Mason, Ben Woods

A main (started), 18 Laps, NT: 1. Jamie Ball (5); 2. Matt Juhl (8); 3. Clint Garner (6); 4. Carson McCarl (1); 5. Joe Beaver (2); 6. Brooke Tatnell (13); 7. Calvin Landis (7); 8. Lee Grosz (9); 9. Cody Ledger (17); 10. Kaleb Johnson (11); 11. Josh Higday (10); 12. Ricky Montgomery (12); 13. Rob Kubli (18); 14. Garret Williamson (14); 15. Ryan Leavitt (16); 16. Christian Bowman (20); 17. Stu Snyder (24); 18. Nathan Mills (15); 19. Eric Bridger (21); 20. Kelby Watt (4); 21. Matt Moro (3); 22. Ryan Bunton (22); 23. Tom Lenz (19); 24. Brad Comegys (23) DNS – Tasker Phillips. Lap Leaders: C. McCarl 1-5, Ball 6-18. Hard-charger: Ledger.

Pro Series Results

Heat one (started), 6 Laps, 1:49.8: 1. Mike Mayberry (4); 2. Devin Kline (1); 3. Jeff Wilke (2); 4. Devin Wignall (3); 5. Brandon Worthington (7); 6. Chase Young (8); 7. Carter Chevalier (5); 8. Ryan Navratil (6); 9. Jaslyn Jones (9)

Heat two (started), 6 Laps, 1:50.3: 1. Matthew Johnson (2); 2. Matthew Stelzer (3); 3. Russ Hall (4); 4. Evan Epperson (6); 5. Chris Walraven (5); 6. Joel Thorpe (1); 7. Tyler Barrick (8); 8. Mike Johnston (7)

A main (started), 15 Laps, 4:45.0: 1. Devin Kline (1); 2. Matthew Stelzer (2); 3. Russ Hall (5); 4. Mike Mayberry (4); 5. Evan Epperson (6); 6. Chase Young (10); 7. Matthew Johnson (3); 8. Chris Walraven (11); 9. Jeff Wilke (7); 10. Tyler Barrick (12); 11. Carter Chevalier (14); 12. Devin Wignall (9); 13. Ryan Navratil (16); 14. Jaslyn Jones (15); 15. Joel Thorpe (13); 16. Brandon Worthington (8) DNS – Mike Johnston. Lap Leader: Kline. Hard-charger: Young.

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