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REUTIMANN STRIVES TO CONTINUE STRIDE AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONCORD, N.C. (May 16, 2006) -- David Reutimann is one of four Toyota Tundra drivers occupying the top-five positions in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings leading...

REUTIMANN STRIVES TO CONTINUE STRIDE AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY

CONCORD, N.C. (May 16, 2006) -- David Reutimann is one of four Toyota Tundra drivers occupying the top-five positions in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings leading into this weekend's Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"Granted we've only had five races and you can't judge how your season will go from just a few races, but I'm really happy with everything my guys have done," said Reutimann. "They've prepared great trucks and had great pit stops. The 17 Team Tundra Racing team is performing really well. I couldn't be happier with the work we've been doing at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. My guys are really pumped to get into some serious racing now."

Entering the 1.5-mile quad-oval with one pole, three top-five and four top-10 finishes in five starts, Reutimann's goal is to continue his momentum over the nine week stretch.

"We had a gradual start to the season, but now we are going to be racing every week for nine weeks," said Reutimann. "For us to continue our stride, we've got to concentrate on what we've been doing and not try to change anything. We need to keep making great pit stops and finish the best we can. We've got some tracks coming up for us that we're good at and a couple that are challenging, but we are well prepared for everything we have ahead of us. We're going to go into each race and make sure we get the most out of what we have."

Last season, Reutimann finished 17th at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He finished 36th (engine) in his rookie year.

"We have performed better than our results show," said Reutimann. "We didn't qualify well in our first race there, but we drove through the field and were heading to the front when we lost a motor. We had a top-five truck. We unloaded last year and seemed to struggle during the race. We got together with another truck and got backed into the wall. We kept coming in and out of the pits to work on the truck. We taped the thing back together and we actually got it to the point where it was good enough to run in the top-five for a little while. We were disappointed with the finish because we felt like we should have finished better."

Because of the way his team is running, Reutimann is confident a strong finish at Lowe's is attainable.

"Because of the way the trucks are prepared, the guys are performing and the calls Jason Overstreet's making on the pit box, we'll do well," said Reutimann, who finished third in the most recent event at Gateway International Raceway. "I couldn't be happier with the work we've been doing."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday, May 19th begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , David Reutimann