REUTIMANN CAPTURES FIRST CAREER NCTS WIN AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY LEBANON, Tenn. (August 14, 2005) -- David Reutimann captured his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on ...
REUTIMANN CAPTURES FIRST CAREER NCTS WIN AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY
LEBANON, Tenn. (August 14, 2005) -- David Reutimann captured his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday.
"The Lord was smiling on us and this was meant to happen," said Reutimann. "We went from having a great truck to having a right front flat tire. We pitted under green for two right side tires and then the yellow came out. It saved us. It's just a thrill to be able to deliver a victory for our sponsors NTN and Toyota. It's hard for me to believe. I have to keep reminding myself it's not a dream. I'm so happy for Bobby Kennedy, Jason Overstreet and all the guys at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. This is really special."
After starting sixth, Reutimann passed Rick Crawford for second before pitting under caution at Lap 43. Reutimann snatched the lead from Mike Skinner at Lap 64. Settling back into second-place on Lap 77, Reutimann followed Skinner. Nine laps later Reutimann was back in the lead.
"We were able to lead a good number of laps," said Reutimann. "It was hard to tell how good we were going to be during the race because we were horrible in practice and we weren't even close. We had a break and undid a bunch of stuff. Jason Overstreet and the guys made some great calls and made some good changes. During the race, the truck was great. It was just loose from the center off."
Reutimann's chances for his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory looked grim when a flat right front tire forced him to pit under green. Reutimann relinquished the lead to Todd Bodine at lap 112 as he headed to pit road for right-side tires.
"We went from having a great truck to having a right front flat tire just like that," said Reutimann. "I came out of the corner and the truck went towards the wall and I thought oh no. I was still trying to keep up speed. I was worried about the guys beneath me as I tried to get to pit road. After we put on right side tires, the yellow came out not long after."
As the yellow flag began to waive at Lap 113, Reutimann and his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team celebrated.
"We just got across the start-finish line when the leader got there and the yellow did save us," said Reutimann. "Most of the time when something like that happens, you'll end up going a lap down. We were so lucky the caution came out when it did." J Preparing for the restart on Lap 117, Reutimann was fourth. Reutimann moved into second by Lap 122 behind Mike Skinner. 14 laps later Skinner side-swiped the retaining wall after running through oil from an accident involving Tracy Hines.
"I saw Skinner get loose and hit the wall," said Reutimann. "My spotter said there's a truck in the wall and so I rolled out of the throttle and moved down. The thing jumped sideways on me. Moving down enabled me to have enough room to keep out of the wall. Skinner didn't have that luxury because he was the first one there. He slid up and got into the wall. I don't know how he missed Tracy. I just followed Skinner through."
Reutimann dove inside Skinner to regain the lead coming to the white flag for his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory.
"My crew chief Jason Overstreet said I know you can do it and I've got faith in you," said Reutimann. "If we hadn't cut a tire down, we would've took on four tires like everybody else. Then those guys wouldn't have even been close. Our truck was that good. I hate it for Skinner though. Skinner could've run me down the track, but he gave me room and raced me clean. He races tough and I learn a lot from him every time we race together. It's neat to be able to pass him for the win. That's pretty special to me."
"I kept telling David that he is so close," said Darrell Waltrip. "I told him to just keep digging and you'll get you one. He's gained so many points in the last few races. He's not out of the championship hunt by any means and he's going to win some more races. I can't wait to see what's going to happen down the road. Every week he moves up a spot in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. I'm putting some money on him to win the championship. It's a great feeling to be here with him. Toyota has done an incredible job and continues to do so. It's been one of the best things that I've ever done."
Reutimann is now fifth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings, 286 from first and only 19 points out of fourth. In 10 races, Reutimann has climbed from 18th to fifth in the standings. Reutimann has recorded one win, five top-5s and seven top-10 finishes in 16 starts this season.
"We've made up 13 positions in the points standings in ten races," said Reutimann. "That's incredible because the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is such a tough division. There's a lot of talent in this series and I'm proud to be a part of it. I can't wait to get to Bristol Motor Speedway. We finished 11th there last year. It will be another good track for us. I can't wait."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24th begins at 9 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.