CORNELIUS, N.C. -- David Reutimann plans to begin a new consistency streak this weekend when the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine races at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing team owned a 44-race streak of consecutive finishes--the ...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- David Reutimann plans to begin a new consistency streak this weekend when the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine races at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing team owned a 44-race streak of consecutive finishes--the longest in Sprint Cup competition--before a mechanical issues forced the No. 00 to retire to the garage with a 40th-place finish in Atlanta. Reutimann said the team's history of consistency will be key in moving back into the top 12. The Florida native also weighed in on the hotly debated topic of driver retaliation and payback that has dominated the news of late.
DID YOU KNOW: Reutimann and the No. 00 team have finished 20th or better in 15 of the last 18 NSCS races. Prior to Atlanta, the last time the No. 00 team had a finish of 30th or worse was a 36th-place finish on July 4, 2009 at Daytona (31 races), when the team was involved in a wreck on lap 75. The last time Reutimann recorded a finish of 40th or worse was June 22, 2008 at Infineon (59 races) --also due to a wreck on lap 101.
REUTIMANN ON BOUNCING BACK AT BRISTOL: "I think we can just continue to try to be consistent and make good calls. For instance in Atlanta, when we started off the car was not very good at all, but Rodney (Childers) and the guys kept working on it, had great pit stops and was able to move back up and get inside the top 10 before we ran into trouble. So if we can keep doing things like that we should be able to work our way back into the top 10. We fell from ninth in points all the way to 18th because the points are so tight. We've got to go and get back after it and get back in the top 12 and try to stay there for the rest of the year."
REUTIMANN ON RETALIATION AND PAYBACKS: "After something happens and its your fault, you go down there and talk to the guy and say you're sorry, that's all fine. But chances are, you've got something coming. As a matter of fact, myself getting into Sam Hornish last year at Texas causing him to get into Jimmie Johnson, again, called and talked to both of those guys; that's a bad day when you've got to make two phone calls to apologize to two different guys. And again, you do all the apologies and do all that stuff, but in the back of your mind, you know, well, if those guys hammer on me or something happens, I brought it on myself; I've got it coming, deal with it, suck it up and know, at least after the fact, you're even at that point and you shouldn't have to worry about it anymore."
ADDITIONAL NOTES OF INTEREST
* Reutimann chose "The Game" by Motorhead as his introduction song prior to Sunday's Food City 500. Motorhead is a British rock power trio well-known in the professional wrestling community for performing "The Game" as the entrance music for popular WWE wrestler Triple H.
* In Atlanta, Reutimann snapped a streak of five consecutive top-15 finishes dating back to Phoenix of last year. During that span Reutimann recorded one top-five (fifth at Daytona) and two top-10s (Daytona; 10th at Phoenix ).
* Prior to the Kobalt Tools 500, David Reutimann and the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota had finished 25 of the last 28 races on the lead lap. The last time Reutimann had a non-lead lap finish was Nov. 8 at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished one lap down.
* Reutimann ended his streak of 44 consecutive races without a DNF at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 7th. Reutimann retired to the garage just past the half-way point of the Kobalt Tools 500 while racing in the sixth position. It was the longest active streak in the Sprint Cup Series. Prior to last week, Reutimann's last DNF came on Oct. 5, 2008 at Talladega Superspeedway.