Atlanta: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN EXPECTS STRONG RESULTS AT ATLANTA HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2006) -- With two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in the books, David Reutimann is fifth in the points standings following a ninth-place finish at Daytona ...

REUTIMANN EXPECTS STRONG RESULTS AT ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2006) -- With two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in the books, David Reutimann is fifth in the points standings following a ninth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway and a fourth-place finish at California Speedway. Reutimann looks to continue his momentum in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Friday.

"I feel we've had a good start to the year and we hope to carry that over to Atlanta," said Reutimann. "We'd like to get going every week, but the down time has given us an opportunity to be better prepared for Atlanta and other races we've got coming up. I'm sure it will get to the point where we'll be wishing for a weekend off."

Last year, Reutimann finished 24th in March and 33rd in October at Atlanta.

"The first race at Atlanta last year, we had a top-10 truck," said Reutimann. "We came in and made a final adjustment. The truck was running good, but we picked up a vibration. We had a loose lug nut."

"During the race last October, we didn't really get a chance to find out how good we really were because we had an engine problem," continued Reutimann. "We were in the top-10 in practice, but we were a little tight in qualifying and didn't qualify as well as we should have. At the start of the race, we were waiting for tire pressures to come up. We thought we were going to be really good and then our day ended abruptly around Lap 8."

At Atlanta, Reutimann's best start is first and his best finish is third occurring in March 2004. This week Reutimann brings the same truck he finished fourth with at California last month.

"I really like the truck we are bringing, which we call truck 10," said Reutimann. "Ironically, it's not my favorite truck. My favorite is the truck we won Nashville with last year. However, the one we are bringing to Atlanta is right on par. When we tested the two at the same time, they both did extremely well and they were only a couple hundredths of a second from each other."

In his third year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Reutimann is focused on maintaining a top-10 spot in the points standings. J

"I feel like we have the total package this year," said Reutimann. "Our goal is to run the way we did the middle of last year and just be consistent. There was a point last year where we felt like it wasn't hard to run in the top-three. We showed up and knew we were going to run right up front. I think this year we will be 100% percent better because we've turned the corner on our short track program. We've always had the bigger tracks figured out, but the short tracks used to be a challenge for us."J

During his off week last week, Reutimann made laps at Willow Springs Raceway's road coarse to practice for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race in April.

"We had a four day test where the pro and celebrity drivers practiced for the race in Long Beach (Cali.) next month," said Reutimann. "I had a blast hanging out with all the celebrities. I have to admit I've always been a Star Trek guy and I was able to meet William Shatner, which was a thrill to me. I also watch American Idol and was able to hang out with Bo Bice, which was pretty neat too. The whole deal was really impressive and it was a great experience. I'm thankful to Toyota for allowing me to be a part of the event. It's an honor."

-dwm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Reutimann , William Shatner