Reutimann Keeps Aaron's Dream Machine Team Inside Top-35 Owner Points with 20th-Place Finish at Atlanta HAMPTON, Ga. (March 10, 2008) -- David Reutimann crossed the finish line in 20th-place behind the wheel of the ...
Reutimann Keeps Aaron's Dream Machine Team Inside Top-35 Owner Points with 20th-Place Finish at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 10, 2008) -- David Reutimann crossed the finish line in 20th-place behind the wheel of the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Reutimann advanced his Michael Waltrip Racing team to 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and owner points after posting his second top 20 finish of the season.
"Our main goal is to be inside the top 35 in owner points," Reutimann said. "We've been there from the start and we are focused on staying there. We had a respectable finish after we fell a couple laps down and were not able to recover those laps. We were running competitive times and wished we could have got back on the lead lap."
Reutimann started the 325-lap event 30th and pitted numerous times for adjustments to his #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry each time a caution occurred.
"At the start of the race, the car needed to rotate better," Reutimann said. "We got caught a lap down (Lap 34) early on and when we finally got a caution, the guys put on fresh tires and made adjustments. Afterwards, the Aaron's Dream Machine was real loose in the center, but better on exit. We pitted every chance we had to improve handling."
The #00 Aaron's Dream Machine held on to a top 25 position as the front-runners began green flag pit stops at the halfway mark. As one car after another pitted under green, Reutimann was shown in sixth-place by the time Crew Chief Ryan Pemberton called him to pit road on Lap 171 for four tires and more changes.
"The car became looser as the race went on," Reutimann said. "The Aaron's Dream Machine Team just kept working on it. After we pitted that time, the car started off tight. It was tight in the center and needed help throttle off. We kept going back and forth with the handling trying to find a good balance."
In the end, handling did improve and Reutimann was able to pick up a few more positions to finish 20th at the 1.54-quad oval.
Reutimann completed 323 of 325 laps in race #4. He is 307 points behind points leader Kyle Busch (winner of Kobalt Tools 500) and 120 points out of tenth-place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings while holding onto his top 35 spot (27th-place).
This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will visit Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 on Sunday, March 16th.
"There's nothing like racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in front of all the die-hard fans," Reutimann said. "It has the feel of a football stadium and the atmosphere is incredible. I really like the track even though we have missed the cut there with the Cup car.
"We finished third last year (8/24/07) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race with the #99 Aaron's Dream Machine," continued Reutimann. "Also, I have a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole (2005) there and have posted some respectable finishes in that division. It's a place where I really want to excel this weekend with the Cup team because we didn't have the opportunity to do it last year."