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David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend looking for the speed he showed on the Tennessee high banks in 2010. Reutimann qualified 10th and ran second in the spring race before a mechanical failure ended his race on lap 113. In August he started fifth and led 25 laps before finishing second just .677 seconds behind race winner Kyle Busch despite fighting food poisoning. Based on his 2010 performances, Reutimann will likely be one of the favorites for victory in the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2011. But as Reutimann points out, “every time you go back, the race track is different.”


ON BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: “I like Bristol. I love going there. It’s a cool facility. I’m looking forward to getting back there and looking forward to getting our season turned around. That’s going to be our main objective. Going into Bristol is not exactly the ideal place to try to turn things around. Every time you go back, the race track is different. Sometimes the overall temperature is different or you have a little different tire or a little different rule change. Obviously we have a new nose now and things are a little different in that area. Just because you ran good there once, it doesn’t mean you’ll go back and it will be the same. In theory the splitter should be a little more safe as far as contact. It’s never seemed to stop us in the past. I think it will be the same rooting and gouging that you always see at that place.”

WHAT DOES THE No. 00 TEAM NEED TO FOCUS ON IN THE COMING WEEKS?: "We just need to try avoiding wrecks. That's the important thing -- avoid getting into wrecks and getting tore up. We've had good race cars and if we can finish where we're running and not get tore up, that's what we need to work on. Not necessarily anything we're doing wrong, we've got good race cars and good speed. We're just at the wrong place at the wrong time and that's what's been stopping us.”

No. 00 CREW: “Most of my guys, almost all of them, have been with MWR since the beginning, so they’ve seen the ups and downs and they know what we’re capable of doing. They’re disappointed, absolutely disappointed, but they’re not down. That’s not in their nature. Our guys don’t have a hard time keeping things loose in the garage … they like to have fun, but they also take their jobs seriously and take pride in what they’re doing, so they are just going to keep doing what they do to give me the best cars each week.”

-source: mwr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Eric Gilbert , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing
Tags bristol, nascar, reutimann, sprint cup, watrip racing