Richmond: David Reutimann preview

* David Reutimann made his first NASCAR Series start at Richmond International Raceway in May, 2002 by driving the ...

* David Reutimann made his first NASCAR Series start at Richmond International Raceway in May, 2002 by driving the #87 entry in the Nationwide Series.

* Richmond also marks the track where Reutimann has recorded his best career finish in the Sprint Cup Series, a 13th place effort in last season's Fall race.

Reutimann Discusses Racing at Richmond International Raceway

Richmond is a very special track for you. Can you talk about your first run here?

"My first run there was a Nationwide Series race in 2002. We came in to Richmond with one car and one motor. I had never tested at this track and we came away with a 16th place finish. I remember coming in there scared to death. I was a local short track driver from Florida who had a one race opportunity in a car fielded by Joe Nemechek. I borrowed money to have an opportunity to drive the car and I knew that I didn't have the money to pay it back if I wrecked, but I borrowed it anyway because I knew this was my opportunity to race. I told myself when I rolled into the gate at Richmond, 'this is your only shot.' That's a lot of pressure for anyone. Richmond really gave me an opportunity to knock down a door and to have a chance to be where I am today."

Is this one of your favorite tracks to race at as a driver?

"This is a race track that is tough. It's a driver's race track so from that aspect it's a fun track to race at. The groove widens out and you can race all over the place here. It's a track that is tough on a car, it's rough on brakes and it's rough on tempers. As a driver, especially starting out, it's a track where you can learn a lot. I seem to have pretty good luck here and pretty good results so it's a place I look forward to coming to each year."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , David Reutimann