Michigan: David Reutimann preview

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2005) -- Returning to Michigan International Speedway for the third time in his career, David Reutimann is enjoying his recent success at Dover International Speedway (fifth-place) and Texas Motor Speedway...

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2005) -- Returning to Michigan International Speedway for the third time in his career, David Reutimann is enjoying his recent success at Dover International Speedway (fifth-place) and Texas Motor Speedway (tenth-place) after a tough start to the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

"Top-five and top-10 finishes are what we've been looking for all season," said Reutimann. "We haven't been running badly, but we haven't been finishing well. Dover was a turning point for us. I think we are starting to put things together. We are starting to get the finishes we've been looking for. We'll keep building on our recent success to continue our efforts to finish in the top-five and top-10. That will help us all the way across the board and improve our position in the points standings."

Reutimann's best NASCAR finish at Michigan is sixth-place in a Busch car two years ago.

"I started on the outside pole," said Reutimann. "I ran good there, but rain shortened the race. We had eight to ten laps to go. We were a little bit better than where we finished. We struggled a little bit there last year in the truck. We were still close to a top-10 before we got tore up there at the end."

Last season, Michigan didn't go as planned for the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Reutimann's No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra was involved in an accident on the last lap of the 100-lap event.

"We were trying to make up ground and I was on the inside when our truck got loose and we ended up getting bit by it," said Reutimann. "We had a run on a couple guys. I had an opportunity to get by three trucks in one shot getting in the corner. I got by two of them. I was side-by-side getting with the other truck and got loose like you've seen many times before and we wrecked."

Climbing the points ladder, Reutimann is knocking on the top-10.

"You got to get into the top-10 in points before you can think about thetop-five, which has been our goal all along," said Reutimann. "We're trying to make up ground and when you do that you make up points. It's important to me and everybody on this team. You go to each race to run up front and to win."

With Father's Day this Sunday, Reutimann would like to win one for his dad, who has been influential in his racing career.

"He's the whole reason that I am racing," said Reutimann, son of Buzzie Reutimann. "I grew up around racing and traveled with him everywhere he raced. He's been very instrumental in every form of racing I've ever done. He's helped me so much along the way. I couldn't have ever done this without him."

Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 18th begins at 3:15 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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