MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 17, 2005) -- David Reutimann earned a respectable 22nd-place finish driving the No. 00 State Fair Corn Dogs car entered by Michael Waltrip Racing in his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday ...
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 17, 2005) -- David Reutimann earned a respectable 22nd-place finish driving the No. 00 State Fair Corn Dogs car entered by Michael Waltrip Racing in his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday night.
"It was a great opportunity to have my first Cup start because it's something I've always dreamed of doing," said Reutimann. "I'm glad my primary sponsor in the Craftsman Truck Series, NTN, was able to be on the car to be a part of it. We were able to get a lot of experience and find out what everything was all about. We ended up in the top-10 for a little while and wasn't able to maintain that unfortunately. It was a situation where we were out there not to ruffle any feathers, not get in anybody's way, do our own deal and finish as best as we could. "We didn't tear the car up and there were plenty of opportunities to do that," continued Reutimann. "The car was a little tight to start with and we adjusted on it. Then it was a little loose and we got it back to where the car felt good. We got the motor hot at one point. I didn't feel like we were as good at the end as we should have been."
This Saturday Reutimann returns to truck racing at Martinsville Speedway for the second time this season. According to Reutimann, Martinsville is one of the most challenging tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. In three attempts, Reutimann's best finish is eighth at the .526-mile short track oval. "The very first race at Martinsville we didn't qualify well, but we finished in the top-10," said Reutimann. "I ran third for a long time right there with the leader. We can run well there, but we haven't been able to finish well. We've had some incidents that have hurts us there. Knocking a hole in the radiator in one race and having a flat tire in another is the kind of stuff that's kept us out of the top-10 column a couple times at Martinsville. We had a one-day test there recently that went okay. We should run well there this weekend."
Earlier this season at Martinsville, a flat tire forced Reutimann to settle for a 23rd-place finish. "The truck was good during the race," said Reutimann. "We just cut a tire down and had to pit under green. We were stuck two laps down the most of the race because of that. We had a much better truck than where we finished. That kind of stuff goes with the territory at a place like Martinsville. It's tough to gain on it whenever you are two laps down. It's tough to get back on the lead lap at Martinsville."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 22nd begins at 1 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.