REUTIMANN SCORES CAREER-BEST NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FINISH AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY LEBANON, Tenn. (April 8, 2007) -- David Reutimann collected his career-best NASCAR Busch Series finish in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry by posting...
REUTIMANN SCORES CAREER-BEST NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FINISH AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY
LEBANON, Tenn. (April 8, 2007) -- David Reutimann collected his career-best NASCAR Busch Series finish in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry by posting a second-place finish during the race at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon. Reutimann advanced seven positions in the driver standings to fourth-place (unofficial-tied with Kyle Busch) after collecting his first top-five finish of the season.
"The Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry was strong and we were able to lead some laps and gain a lot of positions in the points standings with our first top-five finish of the season," Reutimann said. "We got beat by the 60 car. Our car was too tight during the race and we wish we would have been able to catch Carl (Edwards). He's just tough anywhere you go. We could have raced golf carts out here at Nashville Superspeedway and hewould have been tough to beat. You have to match him step for step."
The Michael Waltrip Racing team started the 225-lap event in fifth-place, which was Reutimann's best starting position this season. As the race commenced, Reutimann moved into second-place settling in behind David Stremme at Lap 14. Reutimann made the pass and led the field for the first time at Lap 21.
On Lap 50, Scott Wimmer challenged Reutimann for the lead and was able to complete the pass. While trying to overcome tight handling conditions, Reutimann slid to fourth-place before pitting at Lap 65 under green flag conditions. Holding steady in the top-five following his pit stop, Reutimann advanced to second-place on Lap 81 while Jason Leffler was in the lead. The next lap Reutimann made a pass to regain the lead.
"It feels really good to run like we did," Reutimann said. "This is the way we are capable of running every week."
Seven laps later, the team opted to make another pit stop. As Reutimann left his pit box, the catch can was still attached to the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry forcing him to come back down pit road. Reutimann restarted 13th with approximately 138 laps remaining.
"We did have a mishap on pit road," Reutimann said. "When I pulled out of my pit box, the catch can was attached. That kind of stuff happens sometimes in racing. Although, my guys don't normally have things like that happen. I didn't get down on them because they don't get down on me when I mess up on the track. We didn't panic and we regrouped. I'm really proud of my guys. They have solid pit stops every week and they picked up a couple spots for me during the race."
By Lap 111, Reutimann climbed back into the top-five. After pitting again at Lap 128 under caution, he restarted seventh. With 43 laps remaining, Reutimann was sixth when he made his final pit stop of the race. The Aaron's Dream Team picked up two positions in the pits and they restarted fourth. On Lap 208, Reutimann passed Leffler for second-place, where he would finish behind Carl Edwards.
"This finish definitely helps us get the ball rolling in the right direction," Reutimann said. "We'll have some momentum heading into Texas (Motor Speedway). Nashville (Superspeedway) is still my most favorite track on the planet. Texas is another track I've had success at in the past. Hopefully, we can have a run there like we did today."
Reutimann gained seven positions in the driver points standings and is now in the top-five heading into Texas Motor Speedway this week. Live coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series race at the 1.5-mile quad-oval on Saturday, April 14th begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 and PRN Radio.