Kansas: David Reutimann preview

KANSAS CITY, KS (June 30, 2004) 0x2022 After facing a 32nd-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile last week, David Reutimann's objective at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval is to overcome a string of bad luck the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team...

KANSAS CITY, KS (June 30, 2004) 0x2022 After facing a 32nd-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile last week, David Reutimann's objective at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval is to overcome a string of bad luck the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team has endured.

"Our goal is to regroup at Kansas," said Reutimann, who is 12th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Points Standings. "I've never raced there and I haven't made any laps. I've been there before to watch Joe Nemechek test his Busch car. I don't know much about the track other than what I've heard."

Out of the stable of NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra's, the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team elects to bring to Kansas Reutimann's prized truck, which competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway this season. The Zephyrhills (FL) native snatched a Bud Pole Award at Atlanta and collected a pair of third-place finishes with the No. 17 NTN Bearings machine.

"We are taking my favorite truck," said Reutimann. "It didn't start out being my favorite, but I've done really good in it. It gives you confidence going to a racetrack in a truck you are comfortable in."

With no racing experience at the Kansas tri-oval, Reutimann doesn't seem concerned. "Based on what people have told me, Kansas is close in comparison to a Lowe's or even a Chicagoland," said Reutimann. "If that is the case, we will run really well. We were one of the fastest trucks at Lowe's before incurring problems and we've done some testing at Chicagoland. Also, Bobby Kennedy has had some strong runs at Kansas with Michael (Waltrip) in the Busch Series."

Mentioning Kansas Speedway to Reutimann's Team Manager, Bobby Kennedy, gets him going. For the past two years, the former Busch Series crew chief watched Michael Waltrip's chances for victories at Kansas Speedway dissipate.

"In 2002 and 2003, we led the most laps, sat on the pole both times, set the track record each time and had cut tires that derailed our efforts," said Kennedy. "Two years ago, we cut a right rear after running over debris and last year we had a right rear fail. "The first time out at Kansas we were running fourth," continued Kennedy. "After we pitted, a caution came out. We were pinned a lap down and never recovered. We ended up with a 15th-place finish. We should have won all three races. We are expecting to run well this weekend with Reutimann."

Live coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled July 3rd at 3:00 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , Joe Nemechek , David Reutimann , Bobby Kennedy