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David Reutimann, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Reutimann made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) on October 15, 2005 for team owner Michael Waltrip. Reutimann finished on the lead lap in...

David Reutimann, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Reutimann made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) on October 15, 2005 for team owner Michael Waltrip. Reutimann finished on the lead lap in the 22nd position.

* Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 will mark Reutimann's debut run in the Memorial Day classic.

* Reutimann is scheduled to run a total of 900 miles this weekend as he will also participate in the Nationwide race in his #99 Toyota Camry.

Reutimann Discusses Racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway

You essentially had a test session at LMS last weekend in the Sprint Showdown. How does that help you for the 600 this weekend?

"Our car really came around during the Showdown on Saturday night. We had struggled throughout the weekend with our handling but our car ran the best it had in that final 20-lap segment. We just ran out of laps to make our way to the front. Overall, it's a big benefit for us to get the extra laps on track prior to this weekend's race. One of the biggest things is just the momentum swing of running well at the end of the Showdown, knowing that we hit on a good combination, a baseline, to start with in practice for this weekend."

This will be your first Coca-Cola 600. What are you expecting for Sunday night?

"It's a long race, but for the driver, I think you just have to pace yourself. For us, it will move pretty quickly in the car. It's great to have a guy like Ryan Pemberton calling the shots for our team. He has a lot of experience calling this race and understands the changes that the track goes through as it goes into nighttime. In addition to being behind the wheel, my job is to give Ryan the best information I can about the car. The biggest challenge is just how to stay ahead of the track and how it will affect your car as the temperature cools and the lights come on. We did a pretty good job with that last Saturday and now we're just trying to transfer it to this weekend."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann