CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann gained six spots the last three weeks. Key to that surge is consecutive top five qualifying runs. That trend should continue this weekend at Dover International Speedway...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann gained six spots the last three weeks. Key to that surge is consecutive top five qualifying runs. That trend should continue this weekend at Dover International Speedway where the 40-year-old Florida native is the defending pole sitter. In 2010, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver has proven to be one of the fastest of the 43 cars on the track nearly every weekend. Mechanical issues encountered when running in the top six this season prematurely ended three races. Reutimann finished all 38 races in 2009.
ON WINNING THE POLE AWARD LAST YEAR AT DOVER: "Dover is definitely a place where you hold your breath because you're really in the gas a lot, you drive down in the corners deep then let the thing roll before getting back to the gas. So it's a really, really intense racetrack. Qualifying is not one of the more enjoyable things that you'll do during the course of the weekend. It's definitely a place that will keep your attention the whole time."
WHY IS DOVER IS A "MEAN" RACETRACK? "There are just a lot of transitions getting into the corners and on the exit of the corners which are pretty violent. You go from almost falling down a hill getting into the corners then the car lands, loads up then you drive up the other side. It kind of spits you out the other side. It's a pretty intense racetrack that takes a lot of getting used to because it's really a different feel compared to a lot of other places that we go."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE STARTING TO GET YOUR SEASON BACK ON TRACK AFTER A SLOW START? "I certainly hope so. At least we've been able to finish the last few races and have some pretty decent runs. I don't think we were as good as we wanted to be in Richmond and last week at Darlington we just got caught on pit road at the wrong time and that cost us some track position when the caution came out. It is what it is. I think things are going better. Things haven't really gone bad for us. We've had good speed on the racetrack and we've been racing well, but we just haven't been able to get those finishes that we need -- sometimes that's half the battle. I feel like we are starting to gain on it a little bit. At least we're moving in the right direction and we'll be able to continue to do that."