BUSCH: Memphis: Race winner interview

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing position: 1st How was your race? "The guys gave me a great car. I'm glad it is over with. Mike (Bliss) ran me clean there on the last restart. I...

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing position: 1st

How was your race?

"The guys gave me a great car. I'm glad it is over with. Mike (Bliss) ran me clean there on the last restart. I know there were a lot of yellows today, but everybody that I raced with raced me clean. They could have gone in there and jacked me up, but they didn't and I appreciate that. We were solid and I'm glad we got this win."

What do you think about earning your first NASCAR Busch Series win?

"We've been really close and I'm proud that we finally got it. My daughter and wife couldn't be here tonight but I know they are watching and celebrating with me. What a great night. As a driver you don't want to see the yellows when you are up front and they seemed to keep coming and coming. On that last restart I did something my dad taught me back when we were racing dirt racing and we had a good start. To get our first win -- that's pretty exciting."

What did you think of today's race?

"I don't know if there has ever been that many more yellows in a race -- there was a lot of them. Memphis is a pretty challenging racetrack and sometimes it is challenging to pass. It doesn't take much to turn a guy around -- all you have to do is get into the back of a guy. Everybody I raced around raced me clean. Mark Green did a good job at practicing the car for. Jerry Baxter (Crew Chief) and all the guys gave me a great piece. They say after you win one they come a little easier, we'll see."

What does this win mean for Toyota and Michael Waltrip Racing?

"This means a lot. Toyota has done a great job all year long. We've had great horsepower and great motors from TRD (Toyota Racing Development) since the start of the season. We as teams have had to get better to be able to use what Toyota had to offer us. Now we are getting a little bit closer. There are only three teams that use Toyota anyhow and we are really the minority. We share a lot of information with one another as best as we can -- then we go out on the race track and try to kill each other. It's one of those deals where it is good for Michael Waltrip Racing because we were able to give them their first win on the race track in a few years. I'm proud of my guys -- our pit stops were great. Aaron's has been such a great sponsor and they really get what racing is about. I'm glad that we are able to represent them the way they should be represented."

Was there a reason for more cautions today?

"I think that the competition is so tight. You get down in there and a guy will move down and take the line away and you have to check up pretty hard and it is a chain reaction deal -- that's just getting ran over. It's a pretty fast race track but the course speeds aren't really high."

Did missing the race in Atlanta give you more determination today?

"I was mad, you know. I was really, really upset because I missed the race. I came here and I try as hard as I can anyways. There's only two ways -- you are like a bull in a china shop or you are nothing. You just drive as hard as you can. It was good to win here and it would have been nice to go and race there tomorrow, but that's not going to happen. There are going to be more Cup races for me, and hopefully for a long time. We'll make up for it."

Was the win more satisfying because you dominated it?

"You take a win any way you can get them. We had this good car. I had no laps on the car and sat on the outside pole. All credit has to go to Mark Green who practiced the car. As far as I'm concerned he is one of the most underrated guys in the garage area. If Mark Green would have been in that car, he would have won that race. He would have sat on the pole and he would have won the race. He makes my job easy."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Mark Green
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing