KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2005) David Reutimann scored his season-best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish when he finished third in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the ...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2005) David Reutimann scored his season-best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish when he finished third in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.
"I'm really happy with the outcome," said Reutimann. "It feels so good to have a good truck, to run well and to finish well."
As three Toyotas qualified in the top-five, Reutimann started fourth. Completing
Lap 1, Reutimann settled his Toyota into second-place behind leader Mike Skinner.
While in second-place, Reutimann lost his power steering near Lap 22.
"We had a problem early on with the power steering. The team did a great job of fixing the problem. Once they got that fixed, the thing drove real good."
Maintaining second without power steering, Reutimann held on as the No. 02 truck spun beneath him in Turn 3 on Lap 28. Two laps later, Reutimann pitted for four tires and fuel.
"I was running side by side with Kelly Sutton and her truck just cut loose," said Reutimann. "We were both fortunate to come away from that okay."
Restarting second at Lap 33, Reutimann led lap 35 for five bonus points. Reutimann started sliding back as he fought a loose-handling truck. The No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota had fallen to tenth when a caution occurred at Lap 51.
"We pitted because we were real free in the center," said Reutimann. "The guys made some adjustments to try to tighten the truck up. It was just way to loose and I still didn't have power steering at the time. The guys looked under the hood, but didn't have a change to fix it until later."
Reutimann restarted 32nd at Lap 56. Nearly 11 laps later, a long caution allowed the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team to work on the power steering.
"We came in at Lap 67, 69 and 70 for the guys to go under the hood and work on the power steering," said Reutimann. "They did a great job of fixing it. Then, we came back in at Lap 71 four tires."
After all was said and done, Reutimann was 32nd during the restart at Lap 74. Reutimann wasted no time overtaking tenth at Lap 88. By Lap 115, Reutimann moved into seventh-place before another caution allowed him to pit again at Lap 120 for four tires and no changes.
"The truck was so good at that point," said Reutimann. "I told crew chief Jason Overstreet to have the guys just bolt on four and leave the truck alone."
At Lap 126, Reutimann was fourth. As eventual winner Todd Bodine showed the way, Reutimann took third at Lap 148. At Lap 154, the race was red flagged to clean up debris from an accident in Turn 3 involving the 4 and 02 trucks. Restarting at Lap 157, Reutimann was still third. Reutimann crossed the start-finish line third under green-white-checkered flag conditions.
"I can't express how happy I've been with how we've been running," said Reutimann. "It always feels good to finish in the top-five, but we're ready to put this thing in Victory Lane."
Reutimann is still 12th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings, but only 12 points out of tenth-place as he goes to Kentucky Speedway this weekend.
"We're taking the same truck we ran at Kansas to Kentucky," said Reutimann. "We ran well at Kentucky last year, but we had something go wrong with the truck. The truck just wouldn't go. We ended up finishing ninth."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 9th begins at 8 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.