BUSCH: St. Louis: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN REVISITS GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TO DRIVE NO. 99 COTTMAN TRANSMISSION ENTRY IN NASCAR BUSCH SERIES EVENT MADISON, Ill. (July 24, 2006) David Reutimann returns to Gateway International Raceway to drive the No. 99 Cottman ...

REUTIMANN REVISITS GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TO DRIVE NO. 99 COTTMAN TRANSMISSION ENTRY IN NASCAR BUSCH SERIES EVENT

MADISON, Ill. (July 24, 2006) David Reutimann returns to Gateway International Raceway to drive the No. 99 Cottman Transmission Michael Waltrip Racing entry in the NASCAR Busch Series event after finishing third in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval earlier this season.

"After collecting three top-10s in a row in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine for Michael Waltrip Racing in June, I'm really looking forward to climbing back in the car that will be sponsored by Cottman Transmission this weekend," Reutimann said. "Gateway is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. The corners are different from one end to the other and that makes it unique. We had a strong run there earlier this season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event and I finished third after leading 63 laps. We're hoping for even better results in the No. 99 Cottman Transmission car."

Reutimann's best NASCAR Busch Series finish this season is sixth-place at Nashville Superspeedway in the No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing entry. Reutimann had three top-10s in a row and this weekend Crew Chief Jerry Baxter hopes to pick up where they left off.

"We finished sixth at Nashville Superspeedway (best finish for Michael Waltrip Racing this season), eighth at Kentucky Speedway and tenth at the Milwaukee Mile with Reutimann," Baxter stated. "We want to continue that trend this weekend and deliver a solid finish for everyone at Cottman Transmission. We think David is great and we all love working with him. He knows that we are all on his side."

After competing in the NASCAR Busch Series event on Saturday, Reutimann will return to the St. Louis area for a third time this season to compete in Ken Schrader's annual 'Night of Stars' Dirt Modified Shootout at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. on August 2.

"I've been dying to run Schrader's All-Star race ever since he started it," Reutimann said. "Guys like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, Kenny Wallace, Stephen Wallace, Rick Crawford and Brendan Gaughan are running in the race as well. If I could race something every week, I would. I know I'm going to have a lot of fun racing with those guys."

Reutimann enjoys racing so much that he has taken on a new role as part-owner of a USAC Silver Crown Series team with driver Wayne Reutimann Jr. Reutimann Jr. earned his first USAC Silver Crown Series victory on Sunday in the Milwaukee 100 at the Milwaukee Mile.

"It's great to see my cousin get his first win at a historic track like the Milwaukee Mile," Reutimann said. "It's neat that I have the opportunity to be a part of this program especially knowing that Wayne has great potential to win a lot of races. Charles (Chuck) Christensen is the major player in this deal. I'm trying to contribute as much as I can."

-mwr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , Brendan Gaughan , David Reutimann , Wayne Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing