Reutimann Establishes Track Qualifying Record at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Way to Pole.
HOMESTEAD, FL (November 18, 2004) - David Reutimann scored his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole Award in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra setting a new track qualifying record (Time 31.532 - Speed 171.255) at Homestead-Miami Speedway Thursday afternoon.
"To be able to start first at Homestead-Miami Speedway is really big for me," said Reutimann. "I knew our first lap was going to be our best lap. One lap was really all we needed. To come here and capture the pole is incredible."
This is Toyota Motorsports fifth pole of the season. Reutimann scored Toyota's first pole award last March at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he went on to finish third. The Raybestos Rookie points leader would like nothing more than to capture Toyota's fifth win of the season and his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory.
"It would be great to win here for Toyota and NTN," said Reutimann. "NTN Bearings has 85 people that will be in hospitality and in the grandstands cheering us on. This is a big confidence boost for us. We needed something good like this to happen to us after the last couple of weeks."
After collecting three top-5s and nine top-10s in 24 starts, Reutimann occupies 15th-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. Reutimann also maintains a 55-point lead over Tracy Hines in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title chase.
"Raybestos Rookie of the Year was one of our main goals this year," said Reutimann. "It's exciting to have a healthy lead and know that our goal is attainable. I'm hoping to have a good race here at Homestead and try to secure the rookie title and a Top-15 spot in the points standings."
Reutimann and the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team are now eligible to win the Craftsman "WIN FROM THE POLE" bonus. The bonus ($18,000) was last awarded to Ted Musgrave at the Milwaukee Mile in June.
"The win from the pole award by Craftsman is a neat deal," said Reutimann. "If nobody wins from the pole it rolls over to the next event. I think the bonus amount is up to $32,000. That's just another incentive to win."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will air live on SPEED Channel on Friday, November 19th beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. MRN Radio will begin broadcast at 3 p.m. Eastern.