Reutimann Chasing Spot in Top-12 Denny Discusses Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for four wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte), 13 ...
Reutimann Chasing Spot in Top-12
Denny Discusses Dover
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for four wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte), 13 top-fives and 25 top-10 finishes through 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races in 2009 ... David Reutimann earned his first career NSCS victory and the first Cup Series win for Michael Waltrip Racing Sunday at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway ... Camry drivers crossed the 5,000 laps led mark at Charlotte, after leading 219 of 227 laps of the rain-shortened event ... Busch won the NSCS race at Dover last spring.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Will your win at Charlotte help motivate your team to get back into the top-12 in points? "Our team's pretty self-motivated. The win gets you closer to the pack to where you're supposed to be. We've been inside the top-12 a good portion of the season, and then slipped back a ways. The only way you're going to get back in the hunt is to run well and finish well. We've run well the last couple weeks. We just haven't had the finishes to show for it. I'm glad the win got us closer to where we need to be, but we've got to get deeper inside that top-12 in order to kind of solidify ourselves. Where we are right now things can change so quickly because everybody is so close in the points -- you have a bad race, you're back to 15th again. You have to do all you can to avoid that."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What makes Dover different than other race tracks you compete at? "It is the most physically demanding race track that we go to. You feel the speed more at that race track than you do at any other race track. Dover is my most-challenging race track and I think it is for most guys."
Are you pleased with the changes to the pit road at Dover? "I hadn't heard that they have done something to pit road, but I'm glad if they did. That has always been a tight pit road, and tough to get in and out of your box. Qualifying is going to be very key so you can get a pit box down towards turn one to help you out. Either way, anything that can give us a little more room there is a plus."
Was there something you liked about Dover that helped you win the Truck Series race there last spring?
"I'm not sure what it was about Dover that I liked. I think I just like the tracks with a lot of grip. The concrete surface provides a lot of grip and the banking is pretty symmetrical at Dover. We have been fast at a lot of different places, but there's no rhyme or reason why. As I go to these places for the first or second time, I start to get the hang of them. Hopefully, we can be fast at Dover again this weekend."
TY NORRIS, Vice President and General Manager, Michael Waltrip Racing
Are you excited to get back to your Delaware roots after the first Cup Series victory for Michael Waltrip Racing? "I have had a bunch of phone calls and texts from people up in Delaware congratulating me on the win in Charlotte. I'm sure that we can plan something pretty big when we all get there this weekend. I love going up there and seeing some family and friends, and this week will be extra special because we're coming off our first Cup win as an organization at Michael Waltrip Racing. Hopefully, we'll be able get there and compete for another win on the race track."
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