Donny Ruevers Likes Winning Enough to Do It Again by Jana Jurkovich
Second Career ASA MW Victory Comes at Grundy County
Jeff Storm (#25) and Brett Sontag (#5) attempt to chase down race winner Donnei Ruevers' #41.   (ASA MW / Doug Hornickle / Fast Lap Photo Photos).
“I learned a lot at the Dells, I just need to learn how to quit running in to people that’s all,” said Sauter, “I felt like we had the car to beat tonight, but I screwed up and knocked the front end up and couldn’t see anything.  I thought we should have pulled it in and worked on it, but I kept going and drove over some guy, but that’s the way it goes.  I think I know what I have to do to make it an extra little bit better.”

Polesitter Storm jumped out to the early lead, but Donny Reuvers began his move to the front.  The #41 Toyota started in the 6th position and maneuvered his way to the font picking off one car at a time. 

“I knew the sooner I got to the front, the better off I was going to be” said Reuvers, “But you still have to be careful and not burn your tires up, which I almost did, but it was fun, it was challenging and nerve racking.”

By lap 40 Reuvers moved his way in to third and at the halfway mark he negotiated his way around
Storm’s #25 to take the lead. 

But it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Reuvers like it was three weeks before at Wisconsin Dells
when he led from start to finish.  Grundy County Speedway regular Brett Sontag was charging
through the field as well as ASAMT point leader Dan Frederickson. 

The #5 car of Sontag caught the leader Reuvers and on lap 78 the two battled side by side a few
times around the track. 

“I had to stay right on the bottom, because at a place like this if you give an inch they’re gonna
take it,” said Reuvers, “Especially if you get to the outside usually you lose one, two, or three
spots, so I had to be careful there.  He tried everything he could to get under me and I wasn’t
gonna let him do that.”

“Reuvers gave me plenty of room on the outside,” Sontag commented, “We got in front of him a few
laps out there, but it just burnt the front tires off the car.  I dropped back, tried the bottom a little
bit, rubbed him a little bit and he was on the bottom and left me on the outside so you got to
respect the guy for that.”

It was with 19 laps to go when the #41 finally pulled in front of Sontag for good, but Reuvers work
was not finished.  Dan Frederickson had been fighting his way from his ninth starting position all
the way to third and was ready to make a run for the lead.

A caution with 17 laps to go bunched the field together, and that’s when some dealing was done
between the #36 of Frederickson, who was in third, and the #5 of Sontag, who was right behind the leader.  “I figured I’d give it a couple three or four laps and see how I was with Reuvers after the restart,” said Sontag, “I was kind of hanging with and Frederickson was on me pretty hard and the car would get real tight down in three and four so we made a deal, I gave him the outside and away he went.  Once I let him go I started reeling him back in, so it’s kind of Catch 22, but we got a good finish, that’s what we needed.

“On the caution there I wanted to know what he was going to do to get by Donny, it looked like he had a little better car,” said Frederickson, “He said I’m gonna try him for two laps, then I’m gonna let you go by and try him yourself because we had caught him and Donny.  So he tried him for two laps and he let me go by, just unfortunately it let Donny get out too far.”

Reuvers, who held off the field on a late race restart at the Dells, did so once again as he took the checkered flag for the second straight week in the ASAMT. “Last year we weren’t very good here” said Reuvers, “We had to race our way in to the race and so it was kind of one of the races we were worried about coming to, didn’t want to struggle and for this to work out the way it did was awesome.”

For second place Frederickson, he feels the #36 may have just run out of laps. 

“I was hoping to get to Donny,” said Frederickson, “I feel like if there had been another restart I could have got by him.  I would have just liked a better shot at winning I guess.  I’m happy with second though, don’t get me wrong.”

“It was a heck of a race, these guys are heck of racers,” said Sontag, “To come and run with these guys with basically a new car, and it’s a sealed crate motor, I’m happy with where I finished, it’s gonna help the team out a lot.”

Heading to victory lane is something this #41 could get used to, after his win at Dells, he’s actually won every race since.  “We won that Sunday at Raceway, the next weekend we won at Elko on Saturday and Raceway on Sunday, and then we won again here” said Reuvers,

“When you go to the racetrack and everyone’s having fun and you’re doing good, it makes everything go smoother.  So, hopefully we can keep it going and have some more strong finishes.”

Next up for the ASAMT is a trip to I-94 Raceway in Sauk Center, MN July 5th.

It took Donny Reuvers a total of 15 races over a season and a half to find his way to victory lane in the ASA Midwest Tour, but not long to find his way back.  Sunday at Grundy County Speedway Reuvers drove his #41 Toyota to a second straight ASAMT victory. 
Earlier in the day it looked like part-time Sprint Cup driver Johnny Sauter would be the man to beat in the race, as his qualifying time of 14.960 seconds set a new ASAMT track record.  He also proved quick in practice as well, putting up the second fastest time in the first practice and sixth quickest in the second. 

“I was surprised, it felt good obviously to run that fast,” said Johnny Sauter after practice. “I feel like we had the car to beat tonight.”

But the race was a completely different story.  The inverted start put Jeff Storm on the pole and fast qualifier Sauter in the 11th position.  It didn’t take long for Sauter’s good day to turn south.  Two and a half laps in to the ECHO Power Blower 100, Sauter made contact with the car in front of him.  In the process, the hood of the #43 Chevy bent back, causing Sauter to have a hard time seeing the track and cars in front of him. 

Sauter made due for another 50 laps or so before he made contact on the track again, this time further damaging the hood and also damaging his right side. 
Donny Reuvers in victory lane.