CORNELIUS, N.C. — Drivers often say the upcoming race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit is one of their favorites, but this week No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann has the statistics to back up his claim that Dover International Speedway is one of the tracks that tops his list of places he likes visiting. Reutimann qualified first and fifth at Dover in 2009 and earned a fifth-place finish in the spring race in 2010. A wreck, caused by another driver, ended a top-10 run in September.
DAVID REUTIMANN QUOTES
ON DOVER: “I like racing at Dover. It’s a fast, concrete racetrack and I like concrete tracks. I like places that have a lot of banking like Bristol and Dover. This is about as close to Bristol as any other track out there. Dover is not Bristol, but it’s about as close as any track to Bristol. I love going up there for races. My Dad (Buzzie Reutimann) raced a lot up and around that area and had a lot of success in that area of the country, so a lot of fans come out and they always ask how my Dad’s doing – which is pretty special. Dover just overall is a cool racetrack with the way it’s laid out, the people, the facilities … really everything about it.”
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT RACING ON CONCRETE? “I like that a concrete racetrack isn’t as affected by temperature as an asphalt track. It’s a lighter color so the surface doesn’t get as hot and it tends to have more grip. It does change a little bit, but you don’t have to take the really big swings at it like you do on the asphalt surfaces. The track stays pretty consistent and that helps us set the car up for a good run.”
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THING THAT YOU BATTLE ON SETUP AT DOVER? “There are a lot of pretty drastic transitions both in and out of the corner at Dover. It’s almost like going downhill getting in to the corner then going back up hill on exit – and the transitions are pretty abrupt. Dover has a couple rough patches too, so you try to get the splitter down as close to the track as you can without it hitting the surface. Any time you have a surface that is a little more rough you battle the splitter hitting the surface and it makes it hard to turn the center of the corner. We fight something a little different each week and every time we go back to a racetrack, so really you just have to learn to adjust.”