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The #00 Toyota Has Problems Early -- Finishes 29th

Concord, NC -- David Reutimann, driver of the #00 Toyota in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for Michael Waltrip Racing, finished 29th tonight in the Bank of America 500 from Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The #00 team had high hopes coming into tonight's race, with David rolling off a solid 20th. David and the team found some speed in the last practice session and had a hope that tonight was the race that David could put the #00 Toyota into the top-10.

Unfortunately, the team will have to wait till next weekend, as the #00 Toyota slapped the wall coming off turn four on the first lap. From there the team worked hard to get the car in better shape and handling where David could hold onto it before going a lap down. The team was able to keep the leader behind them until lap 59 when the #00 went down a lap.

"The team gave me a race car that was capable of finishing top-10 and I hit the wall with it. I'm not sure what happened -- it just snapped loose on me coming off turn four. It's a disappointment, but we never gave up," said David Reutimann.

Kudos to the #00 team on their performance tonight -- they worked extremely hard throughout the night - getting the #00 Toyota better on each and every pit-stop. "I'm proud of the team -- they gutted it out the whole night. They knew it was going to be a long night, and they kept at it -- making adjustment after adjustment," said Crew Chief Frank Kerr.

Continue to watch for Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender David Reutimann and the #00 Toyota at Martinsville Speedway for the Subway 500 on October 21, 2007.

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing