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FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 9, 2015) – Aaron Reutzel returns to his home state this weekend with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series points lead and an eye on capturing his first victory at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track during the prestigious Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship. 

>Reutzel, a native of Clute, Texas, that is southeast of Lake Jackson, arrives at the two-day event that begins Friday evening with a 93-point lead in the championship on the strength of six victories in 24 races of the 35-event season. The ASCS is one of three divisions competing on the .4-mile clay surface Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, which also will play host to Limited Modified and Factory Stock classes throughout the weekend. 

“It’s almost been a story tale year so far,” Reutzel. “We have won a lot of big races and leading the national and coming down to the end right now. It’s been a great year, you couldn’t ask for much more.” 

If Reutzel was asking for anything more at this weekend’s Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship, it would be a bit more luck when it comes to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. 

“I’ve been fast every time I’ve been there; I just haven’t had any luck,” Reutzel said. “I felt like I always had a car that could win there – and the track has always been phenomenal so you are able to move around and race on it – but I just haven’t had the luck. We are definitely excited to get there. It is one of the races I look forward to every year. One being at home, and two being that the track is always phenomenal and the facility is second to none.” 

For fellow ASCS competitor and recent Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champion Seth Bergman, the Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship remains one of the sport’s prized events. This weekend’s event will attract the best sprint car series drivers from across the region, providing added motivation to competitors. 

Bergman, who won the second of two features during last year’s Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship, is looking to join Jason Johnson, Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser as the only drivers with two sprint-car wins at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. 

“I think it’s cool that Portacool helps put this race on and gives a fan (Cyclone 3000) with all the other prizes and trophies you get,” Bergman said. “It’s just a good event for us, and for ASCS. It’s one of those you look forward to during the year and want to win.” 

The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series highlights a weekend full of racing that begins Friday with heats for Limited Modified and Factory Stock Cars, as well as ASCS practice, beginning at 6 p.m. CT. All three series return to action Saturday evening to crown division champions, with racing beginning at 7 p.m. 

Grandstand tickets for Friday are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Saturday’s championship evening is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Fans can save $5 by purchasing their tickets at any participating O’Reilly Auto Parts store. 

For tickets or additional information on the Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500. 

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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