All-Star: David Reutimann preview

David Reutimann returns to No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine for NASCAR Sprint Showdown: "I'm racing the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown as Dale Jarrett (DJ) climbs back into the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry for his final race,"...

David Reutimann returns to No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine for NASCAR Sprint Showdown: "I'm racing the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown as Dale Jarrett (DJ) climbs back into the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry for his final race," Reutimann said. "My crew chief (Ryan Pemberton), the team and equipment will stay in tact. We're pretty much just switching numbers. DJ's guaranteed to have a spot in the race, but Michael (Waltrip) and I have to race our way into the All-Star event. Michael McDowell's not running this weekend."

Showdown and All-Star Format: "The NASCAR Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star race formats are interesting," Reutimann said. "There's only three ways to transfer into the All-Star race. You either have to win the fan vote, or you have to be one of the top-two finishers in the Showdown that is two segments (20 laps each). Then there's the All-Star race with four 25-lap segments. This is my second shot at the All-Star race. It's a fun event that NASCAR, Sprint and Lowe's Motor Speedway puts on for the fans."

00 Number is significant to the Reutimann family: "In October 2005, Michael Waltrip allowed me to race the No. 00 car at Lowe's Motor Speedway fulfilling a childhood dream to make my first Cup start with my family's number," Reutimann said. "It all started with my grandfather, the patriarch. He was a self-taught engineer and there was nothing he couldn't do. One day, he brought home a car that was just a frame with a motor and a seat that he called a hot rod. They would race hot rods on plowed racetracks in fields. It was the purest form of racing. When my great grandfather took a look at the car, he said it was the nearest thing to nothing he'd ever seen. So, my grandfather put 00 on the side of it and the rest is history. My father, my uncle and my cousins have all raced a car with the 00 number. Back in the day, we would run the number and have a small letter in front of it. Mine was a "D". My dad said you had to earn your way to remove the letter. It was an important number to all of us and if someone would show up at the track with our number, we were not happy."

Reutimann's daughter, Emilia, graduating from Kindergarten: "When I started running full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Emilia was two, I can't believe she is graduating from Kindergarten," Reutimann said.

Split races around corner for Reutimann: "There are three weekends in a row where the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are at different tracks," Reutimann said. "The first weekend in June, Nationwide is at Nashville while Cup is at Pocono. The next week Nationwide is at Kentucky and Cup is at Michigan. The tough one is the third weekend when Cup is at Infineon while Nationwide is at Milwaukee."

Ready to face split weekends: "It's easy to jump out of the car, hop on a golf cart, and leave in a helicopter to board a plane and go to the next track," Reutimann said. "It's actually fun because you feel like you are important for the day and it spices up your weekend. When you have good people around you, it makes it easy. I have that."

Reutimann turns to Josh Wise: "Josh Wise will practice and qualify our Aaron's Dream Machine Nationwide car during the split weekends when I am not there," Reutimann said. "He is a phenomenal talent. We are fortunate to have him. It will be good experience for him at this level."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Michael Waltrip , Michael McDowell , David Reutimann , Josh Wise