HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 16, 2005) -- Last season, David Reutimann ended his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie year on a high note with a fourth-place finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Reutimann expects similar results this time around in the season finale on Friday.
"We had a good run in my first time racing a truck there," said Reutimann. "Homestead has a great facility and it's close to my home in Florida. Mile and a half tracks are my favorite because we have always seemed to do well at those types of tracks. I feel like we're our strongest."
In addition to Reutimann's strong finish, he recorded his secondcareer pole and clinched the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year title.
"It was a nice way to end the season," said Reutimann. "We were able to start first and finish fourth."
Heading into the final event, Reutimann reflects on his truck season.
"The first part of the year seemed like a total disaster," said Reutimann. "We couldn't do anything right. Then right before midway, the team started running like we knew we could run. It was like we were running in the top-five everywhere we went. We were right there in contention and we won Toyota's race at Nashville Superspeedway. We were able to lead a bunch of laps. We felt good about what we were accomplishing."
Reutimann climbed the point's ladder to fifth-place following his win at Nashville Superspeedway in August. After becoming a first-time truck series winner, Reutimann slid in the points due to multiple mechanical problems.
"We entered the top-five in the points and then we started having some mechanical stuff happen," said Reutimann. "We weren't doing anything different. Stuff was just breaking and taking us out of contention. Every time we had a failure, we had a really good truck. Looking back, I don't feel like I've torn up as much equipment this year like I did last year by any stretch of the imagination. Our fleet is built up. I feel like, as a team, we've gotten a lot better. I feel like certain points of the season things have hurt us. If we can finish out the season in the top-10, it will give us something to build on for next season."
Reutimann's team owner agrees.
"David's had some highs and lows this season," said Darrell Waltrip. "He dida great job ofbreaking into the top-five inpoints with his win at Nashville. Then he was plagued with mechanicalproblems. He's stillgot a solid shotat finishing in the top-10 in points. If we can do that, we'll have had a good year."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 18th begins at 8 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.