REUTIMANNAIMS FOR SEASON-BEST FINISH AT MANSFIELD MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 12, 2005) -- Entering Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, David Reutimann aims to improve last season's top-15 finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at the .44-mile...
REUTIMANNAIMS FOR SEASON-BEST FINISH AT MANSFIELD
MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 12, 2005) -- Entering Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, David Reutimann aims to improve last season's top-15 finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at the .44-mile oval Sunday afternoon.
"I think we'll be a whole lot better this year because we've been focused on making our short track program better," said Reutimann, who finished 14th at Mansfield last season. "We weren't very good in practice at Mansfield last year and we had to change a bunch of stuff. We didn't get a to qualify because of weather, so we started in the back. We pitted multiple times during the race to adjust on the truck. I think it will be better this time around. It seems like the testing we've done has definitely been beneficial for us. We were 100% better at Martinsville than we were last year even though we didn't have the finish to show for it."
Out of 25 races on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule, Reutimann deems Mansfield as one of the most challenging tracks.
"Mansfield has been a track that I've been concerned about ever since we left there last year," said Reutimann. "That's because we struggled so badly there. When you go to a racetrack and struggle, sometimes you worry about going back. I'm not really worried about it, but it has been something that I've been thinking about."
Since testing at South Boston last week, Reutimann's ready for Mansfield.
"We had a very good test at South Boston," said Reutimann. "I'm glad we were able to test because we were able to experiment with some things that we can carry over to Mansfield. We tried a bunch of things on Robert's truck and mine."
Beating his best finish of the season is Reutimann's prime objective this weekend.
"We're capable of running in the top-five, but we've just got to finish where we're running," said Reutimann, whose best finish this year is 12th at Daytona. "We should have had a few top-five or top-10 finishes by now with the way we've been running. We're at Mansfield this weekend, which is a survival track. If we are able to stay out of trouble, we should do well. Last year, we were a lap down early on and we got it back. Actually, we were in the top-10 when we had to come back in for debris hanging off the truck. Even though we struggled, I think we could have finished in the top-10. We'll be better than we were last year."
Reutimann's raring to get into the thick of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
"Getting into the thick of the schedule, we will be able to build some momentum," said Reutimann. "As a driver, I would like to race every single weekend. Sometimes when you have a good race, you'd love to go back the next weekend because you've got that momentum going. Sometimes when you have a week or two off, it seems to slow you down a little bit. However, the down time here has been good for us since we were trying to build a second team from scratch, which is where we were with our program last year. It helps the guys get stuff done. We've got a lot of great trucks ready."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Mansfield on Sunday, May 15th begins at 2 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.