Pocono: David Reutimann preview

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Reutimann has two Sprint Cup starts to his credit at Pocono Raceway. * It is double duty this weekend for Reutimann as he will compete in the Nationwide Series race in Nashville in addition to driving...

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Reutimann has two Sprint Cup starts to his credit at Pocono Raceway.

* It is double duty this weekend for Reutimann as he will compete in the Nationwide Series race in Nashville in addition to driving the UPS Toyota on Sunday at Pocono.

* In 2003, Reutimann finished second in the ARCA Re/Max Series race at Pocono Raceway.

* Reutimann is scheduled to compete in the 'Prelude to the Dream' on Wednesday hosted by Tony Stewart at Eldora Speedway.

* UPS Team Member Dwayne Bigger, rear tire changer, hails from Montoursville, Pennsylvania which lies 100 miles west of Pocono Raceway.

Reutimann Discusses Racing at Pocono Raceway

There is a lot of discussion right now on whether running double duty, especially when the events are in different cities, takes away from a driver's focus on the Cup program. Do you agree?

"If anything, I think it takes away from the Nationwide effort a little but it doesn't affect our Cup program at all. On the Nationwide side, you may miss a driver's meeting or practice and it puts you behind a little bit. I know with the team that I have we will have a car that is prepared when I get to the track and we'll be ready to go. It doesn't affect our Cup program at all. If it did, we wouldn't be doing it. It's as simple as that. Everyone at MWR works together to set-up the schedule so that we maximize our time with each team and so we don't lose anything at all on the Cup side. That's the only way this is possible.

I think the reason that we are hearing a lot about it recently is because you see someone like Kyle Busch, who is attempting to run the triple (Texas, Nashville and Pocono). A lot of people wonder why, with as well as he is running on the Cup side, he would jeopardize that success by spreading himself around and try to run all three Series in one weekend. As a driver, I understand why he would want to and that's because we love racing. If he thought that he was taking anything away from his Cup program he wouldn't be doing this, but he has confidence that those three teams will be prepared when he arrives at each track. It's the same thing with our No. 99 and No. 44 Teams. Everyone at MWR just works together to be prepared for these weekends."

Talk about the weekend's race at Pocono Raceway--

"We tested there about a week or so ago, everyone in the Series did, so we have a lot of notes to go back to the track this weekend. We really just wanted to work on a solid baseline to start the weekend. Michael (Waltrip, teammate) and his team seemed to hit on something during the test so I know that Ryan (Pemberton, No. 44 crew chief) will work together with everyone at MWR to compare notes from the test and hopefully give us a strong starting point for Friday. We were able to qualify for both races at Pocono last year, so I have some laps on the track and that's important. I like the track overall and look forward to a good weekend for the UPS Team."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , David Reutimann , Kyle Busch