Nashville: David Reutimann preview

NASHVILLE, TN (August 11, 2004) - Looking to overshadow his fifth-place finish in a Busch Series entry at Nashville Superspeedway last season, David Reutimann expects better results in his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at the 1.33-mile...

NASHVILLE, TN (August 11, 2004) - Looking to overshadow his fifth-place finish in a Busch Series entry at Nashville Superspeedway last season, David Reutimann expects better results in his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at the 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval.

"This will be a good race for us," said Reutimann. "Nashville is a special place for me because it was my first Top-5 in the No. 87 Busch Series car. "We qualified around 15th because we weren't good in qualifying trim. Once we got going, we worked our way up into the Top-5 and pretty much stayed in that position the rest of the day. We ran as high as third on a couple of occasions. We were able to get out of there with a Top-5 finish."

Reutimann also competed in the Busch Series race last April at Nashville. Even though he wasn't pleased with the 25th-place outcome, Reutimann and the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team was content with results from a Toyota test at the tri-oval last month.

"I'm very happy with the way the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota truck drove at the test," said Reutimann. "We unloaded off the truck really good. We continued to make gains with the truck the entire time we were there. Any time you can improve throughout the day and you are the fastest Toyota, you've had a good test. We are really looking forward to this weekend and we wouldn't mind picking up the prized guitar trophy like the one Michael Waltrip won earlier this year in a Busch race at Nashville."

Since 2001 marked the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series first visit to Nashville, three truck manufacturers have lifted the coveted Gibson Les Paul Guitar trophy. Reutimann deems Toyota is next in line for the classic model six-string.

"When you have the amount of people you have coming from Toyota, you would love to see a Toyota Tundra in Winner's Circle," said Reutimann. "Obviously, this is a big race for us. You don't want another manufacturer sitting in your spot. I think Toyota's chances are very good for this race. The Toyota program has gotten stronger and they proved that at Michigan. There's no reason why from here on out that Toyota can't be a serious contender everywhere we go. The fact that we tested there makes our chances even better."

As Reutimann straps into his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra for the Toyota Tundra 200, Darrell Waltrip will give the start engines command as he serves as Grand Marshal for the 150-Lap event.

"It is indeed an honor to serve as Grand Marshal for the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway which is close to home for Stevie and I and the kids," said Waltrip. "There will be about 10,000 Toyota employees on hand to celebrate Toyota's involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I'm even handing over the keys to my Toyota Tundra that was auctioned off to benefit the Victory Junction Gang camp in Randleman (NC) established by Kyle and Pattie Petty. I'm looking forward to the event and watching my driver - David Reutimann - drive the wheels off his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra."

Live coverage of the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled Saturday, August 14, beginning at 5:00 PM EDT live on SPEED Channel. The 150-lap (200-mile) event at the 1.33-mile concrete oval will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann