Loudon: David Reutimann preview

LOUDON, N.H. (September 12, 2006) -- With eight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races remaining, David Reutimann and his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team still have a shot at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Reutimann also knows that...

LOUDON, N.H. (September 12, 2006) -- With eight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races remaining, David Reutimann and his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team still have a shot at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Reutimann also knows that they have a lot of work left to do to catch points leader Todd Bodine, who is 230 points ahead heading into New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend.

"Obviously, we're not giving up hope as far as catching Todd," Reutimann said. "We have to have some really good races and he has to have some races that are not so good in order for us to catch him. We're close to second (76 points out of second-place) as well. If we can buckle down and get back to running the way we were at the beginning of the year, it's definitely doable. It's really up to us how well we run in the last eight races. If we get back to our form the way we were at the beginning of the year, I know we can do it."

New Hampshire International Speedway is another track Reutimann has been successful at in the past. His best finish at the 1.058-mile oval is fifth in 2004.

"In my rookie year we ran fifth," Reutimann stated. "Last year, we had a transmission tear up on a restart. We had a good truck and we had been running in the top-10 up until that point. Last year was pretty disappointing, but we've ran decent there in the past. We are going there to try to win the thing."

This season has been a solid year for Reutimann, who has two pole awards six top-five and 13 top-10s in 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts. After the second race of the season at California Speedway, Reutimann positioned himself amongst the top-five in the points standings and he has stayed there ever since.

"We've been more consistent this year as a team," Reutimann said. "It's been showing on the track and in the points. We're actually running the way we were capable of running all along. We've got all the pieces of the puzzle together. Last year, we had some really good races, but we just had some mechanical failures and our finishes didn't show how good we were running. We were able to start off this year running well and having good finishes. That's the biggest difference this year from past years."

-credit: dwm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Todd Bodine , David Reutimann