Kentucky: David Reutimann preview

SPARTA, Ky. (July 6, 2005) -- Fresh off a season-best third-place finish at Kansas Speedway, David Reutimann tries to tap into the top-10 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. "It's extremely ...

SPARTA, Ky. (July 6, 2005) -- Fresh off a season-best third-place finish at Kansas Speedway, David Reutimann tries to tap into the top-10 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

"It's extremely important for us to break into the top-10," said Reutimann, who is only 12 points out of tenth-place. "Then, we can start focusing on moving forward into the top-five, which is a goal we set at the beginning of the season. I feel like we've got a lot of momentum going into Kentucky. It felt great to be able to finish in the top-five last weekend. All the races since Dover, we've been running strong and moving in the right direction."

Reutimann finished in ninth-place at Kentucky last season.

"We had a problem with the truck last year and I don't think we ever isolated what it was," said Reutimann. "We speculated that it was a problem with the air box that goes around the carburetor, which is two halves taped together. It was a new piece and basically what happened was that all the tape came loose and it was pulling hot air from underneath the hood. It killed horsepower and then the motor was flat. It hadn't been like that in practiceor qualifying. That's what we figured mighthave happened. The truckjust wouldn't go down the straightaways."

In 2003, Reutimann competed in a Busch Series event at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

"We had an awesome car and ended up breaking a motor," said Reutimann, who finished in 37th-place. "I was running second in the No. 87carowned by Joe Nemechek. Then,we pitted and shortlythereafter was when the motor broke around Lap 87. Because I've ran well at Kentuckybefore, I think we've got a good shot at finishing strong this weekend."

Bringing the same truck he raced at Kansas Speedway, Reutimann and his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team expect similar results.

"It was a brand new truck at Michigan and then we took to Kansas and now we are taking it to Kentucky," said Reutimann, who has two top-five and four top-10 finishes in 12 NCTS starts. "The truck was great at Michigan and even better at Kansas. We're cleaning it up and taking the same thing. The guys are working hard at the shop to get it turned around. So, we're looking forward to taking the same piece with a similar setup that we had at Kansas to Kentucky."

-dwm-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Joe Nemechek , David Reutimann