BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 25, 2005) -- David Reutimann's night at Bristol Motor Speedway was spoiled when his power steering pump failed forcing his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra to a 29th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 25, 2005) -- David Reutimann's night at Bristol Motor Speedway was spoiled when his power steering pump failed forcing his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra to a 29th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 200.
"We had an issue with the power steering pump," said Reutimann. "I was riding along and all the sudden I just couldn't steer the truck. It ruined our night. It's disappointing because we went from starting first to finishing 29th."
Reutimann registered his third career Bud Pole Award (15.162 seconds-126.553 mph) edging out eventual winner Mike Skinner. As the 200-lap event started, Skinner passed Reutimann on the first lap. With tight handling conditions, Reutimann slidto eighth by Lap 32.
"The truck started off tight," said Reutimann. "We got shuffled back a little and then we were able to get a spot in line. I was just waiting for the guys to make adjustments on it."
Five laps later, Reutimann couldn't steer his Toyota. Reutimann had no choice, but to enter pit road on Lap 39 for the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team to determine the problem. Under the hood, his team concluded the power steering pump malfunctioned.
"I couldn't steer the truck," said Reutimann. "The guys looked under the hood and determined exactly what the problem was. When they isolated the problem and figured out that it was actually the pump, they pushed the truck behind pit wall to change it. That's when we lost a lot of laps. It's a lengthy process to change that stuff out. That ruined our night."
Reutimann is now sixth in the points standings (40 points out offifth-place) as he prepares for Richmond International Raceway.
"Richmond's a special place to me because it's the first time I raced a Busch car," said Reutimann. "I ended up finishing 16th after starting almost dead last. I had never raced or tested there before. It was a big break for me. Last season during the Craftsman Truck race, we started fourth and finished 30th. We had a decent truck, but we got tangled up in an accident. It's another track I think we'll do well at."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, September 8th begins at 8:15 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.