Reutimann and the Dollar General Team Grab a Ninth-Place Finish at "The Monster Mile" DOVER, Del. (September 28, 2009) -- With eyes closely watching the cloud-filled skies, David Reutimann and the Dollar General team prepared to tackle "The...
Reutimann and the Dollar General Team Grab a Ninth-Place Finish at "The Monster Mile"
DOVER, Del. (September 28, 2009) -- With eyes closely watching the cloud-filled skies, David Reutimann and the Dollar General team prepared to tackle "The Monster Mile" in Saturday's Dover 200. After lingering just outside of the top-10 for the final fifty miles, Reutimann charged the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota to a ninth-place finish in the closing laps of the 200-lap event.
As the green flag fell for the 200-lap race, Reutimann started from the 13th position and immediately went to work passing cars. By lap 10 he had advanced into the eighth position. As he circled the one-mile track, Reutimann reported that the car was loose on the throttle and that it snapped a little in the center of the turn. There was no question that the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota was fast. By lap 40, Reutimann was running in the sixth spot.
On lap 76, Reutimann reported that the handling of the Camry had changed late in the run. The car was now tight on the exit of the turns. Crew chief, Trent Owens, told him to bring the car to pit road for service on the next lap. The Dollar General crew quickly changed four tires, added fuel and made track bar and air pressure adjustments. After the teams cycled through the green-flag pit stops, Reutimann was running in the eighth position by lap 90.
The first caution of the day came on lap 109 for debris on the race track. Running in the 10th spot, Reutimann reported that the car felt like it was rolling over on the right-side. On lap 111, he brought the No.32 to pit road. The Dollar General team changed four tires, packed the Camry full of fuel and made air pressure and wedge adjustments.
Debris on the track caused the next caution flag on lap 120. Reutimann reported that the car was still dumping over on the right side and that it was loose through the entire turn. On lap 121 he brought the Camry to pit road to top off with fuel. The team also made a quick adjustment, taking out a round of wedge to help the car's handling.
As the race resumed on lap 125, Reutimann was in the 11th spot. He made the move into 10th and continued to battle against the No. 38 and No. 88 for the ninth, 10th and 11th positions. An accident in turn one brought out the third caution of the afternoon on lap 144. Reutimann reported that the right-side rolling sensation had improved, however the car was still loose. Owens called him to pit road on lap 146. The Dollar General crew changed four tires, made a wedge adjustment, packed the car with fuel and returned him to the track in the 12th spot. Very light droplets of rain began to fall as green-flag racing resumed on lap 150.
Moving into the 11th position, Reutimann informed his team that the car was extremely loose. He maintained his position, turning fast laps on the track but was unable to move past Braun Racing teammate, Jason Leffler. The final caution of the day came when the No. 20 made contact with the outside wall of turn two on lap 190.
Owens told Reutimann to bring the No. 32 to pit road on lap 191. The Dollar General team changed four tires, added fuel and made air pressure and wedge adjustments. The race quickly resumed on lap 194 with the No. 32 Toyota in the 11th spot.
In the closing laps, Reutimann used his fresh tires to his advantage and moved the No. 32 Dollar General Camry into the ninth position.
"Trent Owens and the Dollar General team did a good job this weekend," said Reutimann. "We were strong in practice, just a little on the tight-side. In the race, the car started out good but towards the end got really loose. Trent and the guys made adjustments on each pit stop and never gave up. We had solid stops and a good effort all around. Everyone on the No. 32 team sets the bar high, so a ninth-place finish is a little disappointing. These guys are great to work with."
Brian Vickers returns to the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota next weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series travels to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300. The Saturday afternoon race will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2 and on MRN Radio starting at 3:00 p.m. EST. The green flag is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.