REUTIMANN'S FOCUSED ON GATEWAY AS NCTS SEASON BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE MADISON, Ill. (April 25, 2006) - The 2006 season marks the ninth visit for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Gateway International Raceway and David Reutimann'sthird...
REUTIMANN'S FOCUSED ON GATEWAY AS NCTS SEASON BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE
MADISON, Ill. (April 25, 2006) - The 2006 season marks the ninth visit for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Gateway International Raceway and David Reutimann'sthird attempt at the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval.
"We've never qualified well at Gateway, but we've always raced well there," said Reutimann, whose best finish is ninth at Gateway (7/17/04). "It's actually one of my most favorite tracks because of the way it is shaped. It's different and it definitely changes throughout the race. It reminds me of a track that I grew up racing on. It's egg-shaped and Turns 1 and 2 are really sharp while Turns 3 and 4 are very fast. It's like two completely different tracks that you are racing on at the same time."
Three Toyotas finished in the top-10 at Gateway last season. Reutimann was not so lucky. Reutimann started sixth, ran in the top-five and finished 24th.
"We were assessed a penalty by NASCAR for speeding on pit road," said Reutimann. "It's a shame we were penalized because we had a top-five truck."
Fourth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings, Reutimann's poised for his next victory.
"It's our third season together as a team and we feel confident about this year," said Reutimann. "So far, we've had a good start to the season. We had a strong run at Daytona and finished in the top-10. Then, we finished fourth at California Speedway and fifth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We would've had a top-10 finish at Martinsville. Once the schedule gets going, we'll have a better grasp of where we are and where we need to improve."
Having a break in the schedule allowed Reutimann to compete in the No. 66 Cottman Transmission NASCAR Busch Series entry at Nashville Superspeedway. Now, Reutimann focuses on the championship battle heating up as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series approaches the bulk of the season.
"I'm ready for the season to really get going," said Reutimann. "We've had a lot of down time and we are about to start racing every week. We're looking to maintain our consistency and build our momentum going into the summer months, but first we have to take careof Gateway."