REUTIMANN PRIMED FOR SHORT-TRACK DOUBLEHEADER AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK INDIANAPOLIS (July 31, 2006) -- David Reutimann has a full plate this weekend since he's competing in both events at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Beginning Friday night, Reutimann...
REUTIMANN PRIMED FOR SHORT-TRACK DOUBLEHEADER AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK
INDIANAPOLIS (July 31, 2006) -- David Reutimann has a full plate this weekend since he's competing in both events at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Beginning Friday night, Reutimann continues his campaign for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) championship in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry before racing the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine the next evening for Michael Waltrip Racing.
"O'Reilly Raceway Park is a place that hasn't been really good to us in the past," said Reutimann. "I'm thinking that we can turn that around. Our trucks and cars are really good and both teams are solid. I feel like we can capitalize on that."
Reutimann enters O'Reilly Raceway Park after a strong run at Gateway International Raceway in the No. 99 Cottman Transmission Michael Waltrip Racing entry.
"The car started off decent, but we just needed front grip," said Reutimann, who finished 14th in the 200-lap event. "On our first pit stop, the adjustments made it a little better. We just had a hiccup in the pits where some lug nuts fell off and it cost us track position. We restarted 24th, but we were able to race our way into the top-10. We had a top-five car. We were running third around Lap 182 and were pitting in the next few laps, but we ran out of fuel. We were short a gallon. In the thrash to get the motor fired back up, we used an eighth man over the wall and NASCAR penalized us with a pass through. We just had an off night. It hurt us, but it was a really good effort on everybody's part and I'm proud of how good of a job the guys did to prepare the car. I'm looking forward to driving this weekend in Indy."
Reutimann may not have any experience in a NASCAR Busch Series car at the .686-mile oval, but he has two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts there. The Florida native's best finish is 11th (8/5/05) in his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry. With 11 races remaining, Reutimann is 117 points out of first-place in the championship points standings. Reutimann's team owner wants to see him come out on top this season.
"I'm pretty proud of my NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record and I'm really proud of David," Waltrip said. "I think what goes unnoticed or overlooked is how good of a driver David really is. He got in Michael's Aaron's Dream Machine those three races last month and finished in the top-10 every week. That's what attracted us to him when he drove Joe Nemechek's NASCAR Busch Series car. He got the pole at Memphis Motorsports Park a few years ago and I said who is this kid. He'd go to tracks that he had never raced at before and run up front and that's what really drew our attention to him in the first place. He hasn't disappointed us at all. We're all pulling for him."
Waltrip's team came close to a championship in 1997.
"I am proud of my record in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," Darrell Waltrip said. "Back in the 90's, I ran a number of races. Then, with Bickle, we had a great opportunity to win the championship and I thought we were going to win it. He won some races and got a few poles. He was running like David has been this year. We ended up second to (Jack) Sprague."