BUSCH: Daytona: David Reuitmann preview

REUTIMANN RETURNS TO HOME STATE OF FLORIDA TO KICK OFF NASCAR BUSCH SERIES SEASON DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2007) -- David Reutimann kicks off the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule with Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream...

REUTIMANN RETURNS TO HOME STATE OF FLORIDA TO KICK OFF NASCAR BUSCH SERIES SEASON

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2007) -- David Reutimann kicks off the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule with Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Reutimann, who grew up two hours from the 2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval in Zephyrhills, Fla., has 31 career starts. This will mark his second attempt at qualifying a NASCAR Busch Series entry at the racing Mecca.

"I raced a (No. 12) FitzBradshaw entry last season," Reutimann said. "We started in the back of the field, but we were able to run in the top-10. Then, we cut a tire down, which resulted in a 29th-place finish. That's the only experience I have there in a Busch car."

Reutimann's career-best NASCAR Busch Series finish is fifth (twice) with NEMCO Motorsports at Nashville Superpeedway and the Milwaukee Mile in 2003. Now, Reutimann is aligned with Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream MachineToyota Camryto make a run at the championship title, but his first goal is to deliver a win for his sponsor in his home state of Florida.

"Everyone at Aaron's has been incredible to work with and they are an awesome sponsor that has been in the NASCAR Busch Series for years," Reutimann said. "The Aaron's Machine has been in contention to win at Daytona several times in the past. I would like nothing more than to win the race this weekend."

The Florida native's experience at Daytona International Speedway also includes three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts.

"My best finish in the No. 17 Toyota Tundra was ninth on two (2006 and 2004) different occasions," Reutimann said. "We've always had a good piece and led a lot of laps. However, something seems to happen at the end of the race that causes a less than desirable finish. From getting shuffled out of line or getting jammed up can easily cost you a good finish. I've been competitive at Daytona each time and I feel pretty good about our chances this time around in a Busch car."

Reutimann's confidence level can also be contributed to a successful test session at Daytona International Speedway in mid-January.

"The Aaron's Dream Machine drove well in a pack and I think it's pretty fast," Reutimann said. "Jerry Baxter (Crew Chief) and the guys made some big changes that helped us along. My confidence is way up. I feel relaxed about everything we've got going on."

With a busy week in front of him, Reutimann found time to relax and unwind. Disney World was just the ticket.

"I spent the day with my family at Disney World on Tuesday," Reutimann said. "We rode everything that my daughter (Emilia) wanted to ride. Of course, I enjoy the faster rides like Space Mountain. However, my favorite thing is to take my daughter on the tea cups. Spending the day with my family helped ease my mind. It's been pretty intense the past few weeks. I went eight days straight without seeing my family because of all of my commitments. It's so nice to have them with me in Daytona now."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series Orbtiz 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 17th begins at 12 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2 and MRN Radio.

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , NEMCO Motorsports