DWM, Reutimann name Talladega sponsor

NAPA AUTO PARTS ALIGNS WITH REUTIMANN AND DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 2, 2006) -- David Reutimann will carry a familiar shield on the hood of his No. 17 Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway. NAPA...

NAPA AUTO PARTS ALIGNS WITH REUTIMANN AND DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 2, 2006) -- David Reutimann will carry a familiar shield on the hood of his No. 17 Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway. NAPA AUTO PARTS will be displayed on Reutimann's truck as his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team continues their quest for the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in the John Deere 250 on October 7th.

"NAPA AUTO PARTS has a rich history in NASCAR and I'm thrilled to represent them at Talladega Superspeedway," Reutimann said. "It's a one race deal and our truck will have a totally different look for that race. The truck is going to look really good. NAPA has had success with Michael (Waltrip). They've won two Daytona 500s with him. They've also had success as a sponsor in the NASCAR Busch Series as well as the Craftsman Truck Series."

NAPA first appeared as a primary team sponsor in 1996 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and driver Ron Hornaday Jr.

NAPA won the championship in 1996 and 1998 with Hornaday Jr. NAPA Racing has visited victory lane in all three major NASCAR Series, Craftsman Truck, Busch, and NEXTEL Cup, amassing 30 wins, two Daytona 500 victories, and two Craftsman Truck Series Championships.

Now, Reutimann's chasing his first championship and hopes to deliver his first win of the season for NAPA and Toyota.

"NAPA's roots in racing were formed in the NASCAR Truck Series and we are very excited to continue that tradition with David Reutimann and his No. 17 Toyota Tundra", said Bob Susor, President of NAPA "We are also pleased to announce a two-race sponsorship with Bill Davis Racing on Johnny Benson's Tundra at Martinsville, Va. and Atlanta, Ga."

Reutimann has never raced at Talladega Superspeedway, but he has tested a couple of times at the 2.66-mile tri-oval in his No. 17 Toyota.

"We've tested there some," Reutimann said. "We've been twice for two-day tests. I'm eager to go there next week because I know it's going to be a really good race. Talladega Superspeedway is a wider track like Daytona International Speedway. From all the things I'm hearing, it's a lot smoother too. It's hard to get the feeling of what the track has to offer when you are there for two laps at a time by yourself testing. Sometimes we are three and four wide at Daytona and Talladega is wider. It will be an exciting race for the drivers and for the fans.

-credit: dwm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Reutimann