ANOTHER TOP-FIVE FINISH FOR REUTIMANN AND THE AARON'S DREAM MACHINE INDIANAPOILS, IN. (July 28, 2007) -- Coming off of a stellar third-place finish at Gateway International Raceway last weekend, Reutimann and the Aaron's Dream Machine carried...
ANOTHER TOP-FIVE FINISH FOR REUTIMANN AND THE AARON'S DREAM MACHINE
INDIANAPOILS, IN. (July 28, 2007) -- Coming off of a stellar third-place finish at Gateway International Raceway last weekend, Reutimann and the Aaron's Dream Machine carried that momentum to O'Reilly Raceway Park posting another third-place finish.
Mark Green started the weekend off by stepping in for Reutimann while he was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway practicing for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) Brickyard 400. Green and the Aaron's Dream Machine posted the seventh fastest time in first practice and sixth in final practice. Due to rain on Friday, NNCS qualifying was rescheduled, forcing Reutimann to miss the NASCAR Busch Series qualifying. Green sat behind the wheel of the Dream Machine and qualified sixth for the 200-lap event.
"The Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry was solid all day," said Reutimann. "I appreciate all the hard work that my team and Mark Green put in to giving me a fast race car. I can't do weekends like this without them and the Aaron's. I really appreciate their continued support."
Prior to the green flag, Reutimann had to fall to the back of the pack because he did not qualify the car. Within no time, Reutimann worked his way up through the field. By Lap 30, Reutimann entered into the top-10, where he would continue to race for the rest of the night. When the caution flag waved on Lap 43, Reutimann drove his Toyota Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and minor adjustments.
While running in fourth, the caution flag waved again on Lap 95. Reutimann entered pit lane for the last time of the night for four tires and a track bar adjustment. The Florida native restarted in eighth, only to work his way up to third, seven laps later. On Lap 175, Reutimann overtook the second position. Fellow Toyota driver and race winner, Jason Leffler battled Reutimann for the position and was able to complete the pass. Reutimann would go on to finish third at the .686-mile oval.
"I am happy for TRD (Toyota Racing Development) for earning their first win," Reutimann said. "I was just hoping that we would be the one to bring it to them. The Toyota win and the consistent runs that we are having make us proud of our program. Each week, we keep getting stronger. Aaron's deserve that win and I keep working to give it to them."
Next week, Reutimann will have another split weekend as the NACAR Busch Series (NBS) ventures to Montreal Canada for the second road course race of the NBS schedule while the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will be in Pocono. The Aaron's Dream Machine will have a different look in Montreal with NAPA-CANADA AUTO PARTS as primary sponsor of the Toyota Camry.
"Aaron's is so supportive of the Michael Waltrip Racing program," said Reutimann. "They have agreed to take an associate role in three races this year, allowing other sponsor's to take the primary role. My Toyota Camry is always the Dream Machine just with a different look. We will miss the Aaron's group next week, but I promise to continue to make them proud."