BROWNSBURG, Ind. – It has been a long road for the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions this year, logging thousands of miles throughout much of the South and Midwest.
Forty-five events have been conducted across a nine-month time span, but despite the time and miles exhausted, one race still remains.
The All Star travelers will conclude their 2019 campaign on the high banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, joining all three national touring divisions of the United States Auto Club during the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals on Saturday night.
One of the crown jewels on the 2019 All Star schedule, the 4-Crown Nationals feature will not only award a $5,000 top prize, but an All Star champion will be crowned at the end of the evening.
Texas’ Aaron Reutzel is a qualifying attempt away from sealing his championship fate. The defending series champion and season-long wins leader owns 15 victories this year, one of which was worth $52,000 – the 52nd running of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway.
Reutzel’s championship campaign not only includes a head-turning 15 victories, including five in the month of September alone, the pilot of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 entry also collected 32 top-10 finishes in 39 points-paying All Star main events.
With those numbers in mind, Reutzel is primed to clinch the crown for a second straight year.
Thanks to a 148-point cushion in the standings, all Reutzel has to do is fire for engine heat at some point during Saturday’s program, and the show-up points he will accumulate for doing so will put the top spot out of reach of any of his pursuers.
Reutzel will become the 11th multi-time champion in All Star history, and the first to accomplish the feat since Tim Shaffer won his second championship in 2010.
Six-time champion and all-time series win leader Dale Blaney enters Eldora’s 4-Crown Nationals second in the title tilt, ahead of Cory Eliason, Brock Zearfoss and Paul McMahan.