REUTIMANN KICKS UP SOME DIRT AT EAST BAY SATURDAY NIGHT TAMPA, Fla. (May 4, 2005) - With the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series off this weekend, David Reutimann goes back to his roots. Reutimann will compete in an Open Wheel Modified race at the...
REUTIMANN KICKS UP SOME DIRT AT EAST BAY SATURDAY NIGHT
TAMPA, Fla. (May 4, 2005) - With the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series off this weekend, David Reutimann goes back to his roots. Reutimann will compete in an Open Wheel Modified race at the famed 1/3-mile East Bay Raceway Park dirt track along with his legendary father Buzzie Reutimann this Saturday night.
"Although my dad and I raced at the same racetracks a lot of times, we were generally in different classes most of the time," said David Reutimann. "So, we really didn't get to race a whole lot together. This weekend I'll be racing the d 00 car and of course, my dad will be in hisp0 car. We're looking forward to it."
Reutimann's father, who is celebrating his 64th birthday this Saturday, leads East Bay's Open Wheel Modified 2005 points by 11 heading into the feature this weekend.
"I won at East Bay last weekend," said Buzzie Reutimann. "I run fifth-place, then I run fourth, then I run third, then I run second twice and then I won a few nights ago. So, I figured it was time for me to win one. I know David wants to win this weekend, but I don't think he should be able to beat me. We're both going to be up on the wheel so to speak."
With the family composed of racers, it was only natural for Reutimann to follow in his father's footsteps.
"Because of my father's racing success, it was inevitable I was going to be a racer," said David Reutimann. "My mother insisted I was going to be a doctor or lawyer. Even my grandfather raced, but under an alias because my grandmother didn't want him too."
East Bay brings back memories for Reutimann's father.
"East Bay's one of the places that David started racing," said Buzzie Reutimann. "We started there with a dirt Mini-Stock. He used to beat that thing up every week. The poor old car would look like a sack of walnuts.
"As a dad you don't really teach your son how to drive," he continued. "You give them what you can with tips. It's a natural deal and not everybody can do it. We were running a race down there on a Sunday afternoon and David was leading and I was running second. I got right on his bumper and I never realized how good he had gotten until I tried to pass him and he didn't make any mistakes. I thought to myself, hey this kid's pretty good. That's one of the memories I have. Maybe we can run one and two again and I can be in the front so we can see if I'm still good."
According to East Bay, expect 24 or more cars to turn out for the feature.
"They'll have a lot of guys racing in this event," said David Reutimann. "The Varnadore brothers and a few other people who are involved in promoting this event are doing a great job with the track. The people at East Bay have always been good to me. I'm looking forward to racing with my dad there. It's exciting to go back. I'm looking forward to getting back to dirt racing." The open wheel Modifieds are a part of a six-division program on tap for the 1/3-mile oval. Activities at East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, May 7th get under way starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Reutimann's next race in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra will occur Sunday, May 15th at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event begins at 2 p.m. EDT on SPEEDChannel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.