Bristol: David Reutimann preview

Reutimann, Lined Up To Tackle Bristol BRISTOL, TN (August 19, 2004) - With Darrell Waltrip Motorsports garnering a second-place finish fielding the No. 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry in 1997 at Bristol Motor Speedway, David ...

Reutimann, Lined Up To Tackle Bristol

BRISTOL, TN (August 19, 2004) - With Darrell Waltrip Motorsports garnering a second-place finish fielding the No. 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry in 1997 at Bristol Motor Speedway, David Reutimann wants to pick up where they left off in hopes of joining the 44 drivers listed as first time winners since the divisions inception in 1995.

"I watched that race at Bristol when Darrell Waltrip's No. 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck finished second with driver Rich Bickle," said Reutimann. "I was a rookie in All Pro Series that year. We ran there with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series during the middle of the week. It would be pretty special to run well there. Especially since Darrell Waltrip has had a lot of success at Bristol."

Reutimann's team owner has won 12 times at the .533-mile oval with seven consecutive victories, holding the track record for most wins. Not only does Reutimann have Waltrip to rely on for guidance, but also Team Manager Bobby Kennedy, who was last year's winning Busch Series crew chief with driver Michael Waltrip at Bristol.

"It makes you more confident when you have someone like Bobby Kennedy who has won there before," said Reutimann. "He's got a lot of experience. He knows how to put together a winning car for that place. I tend to be a little nervous when we go to places where we both have never been. I'm pretty confident when we go to places that him and Crew Chief Jason Overstreet have been to."

Three times Reutimann has turned laps at Bristol in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series.

"In 2001, we started from pole position," said Reutimann. "We had a flat tire and had to pit under green. We lost two laps and made up one. I think we ended up finishing eighth or ninth. Another year we started on the outside pole and in my rookie year I raced there as well. I can't remember how I did so it must've not been that good. I just remember how amazing and overwhelming it was to race their for the first time."

With a 160,000 grandstand seating capacity on top of a 1/2-mile, Bristol is a track like no other as the oval has the highest banked corners on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit.

"Bristol speaks for itself," said Reutimann. "It's a crazy place. It's really fast and things happen real quickly. It's a great place and it's another one of my favorite tracks. Racing at night makes it that much more incredible."

Live coverage of the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled Wednesday, August 25th beginning at 9:00 PM EDT live on SPEED Channel. The event at the .533-mile concrete oval with 36-degree banked corners will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rich Bickle , Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Bobby Kennedy