Chicagoland: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN LEAVES HOMETOWN FOR CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY JOLIET, Ill. (July 10, 2007) -- Before heading to Chicagoland Speedway to race the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry, David Reutimann journeyed back to his hometown of Zephyrhills, Fla. and...

REUTIMANN LEAVES HOMETOWN FOR CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

JOLIET, Ill. (July 10, 2007) -- Before heading to Chicagoland Speedway to race the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry, David Reutimann journeyed back to his hometown of Zephyrhills, Fla. and was in for a real surprise when 2,500 people showed up for an autograph session at Reutimann Racing Sunday afternoon.

"I thought maybe a hundred or so would show up at my dad's (Buzzie Reutimann) shop, but when I couldn't even see the end of the line I thought I was going to cry," Reutimann said. "I signed for nearly six hours without stopping and there were cars parked everywhere on the property, across the street and down the street. It is so mind boggling that people have interest in me as a person or as a driver. I'm not a guy like Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has a huge following. It just makes me feel really good. In the end, I got more out of it than anyone else."

Now, Reutimann flies from Tampa to Chicago alongside his cousin and spotter Shawn Reutimann as the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series invade the Windy City this weekend.

"Shawn and I leave on Thursday for Chicagoland Speedway," Reutimann said. "It's been great to be able to have some time to relax with family and friends. In this sport, we don't have the chance to see our family as much as we want to, especially if you are a road crew member. They sacrifice a lot. I'm grateful to both my BURGER KING® and Aaron's teams. I truly appreciate their hard work, dedication and the support from their families."

After a little rest and relaxation, Reutimann is back to business as usual this weekend at the 1.5-mile D-shaped mile oval.

"Obviously, this will be my first time attempting to qualify a Cup car at Chicagoland," Reutimann said. "This is a big race for us since Chicago is such a huge market. We're focused on getting the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry in the race. I have one Busch start there, where I qualified sixth and was running second or third when our engine expired. Also, I've tested a NASCAR Craftsman Truck there so many times. I love the track and think we'll have a good weekend across the board."

Live coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on Sunday, July 15th begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT on TNT and MRN Radio.

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , David Reutimann