Las Vegas: David Reutimann preview

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) test at Las Vegas last month: "We had a couple of productive days testing at Las Vegas with the ...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) test at Las Vegas last month: "We had a couple of productive days testing at Las Vegas with the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry," Reutimann said. "When we left that we had learned so much about the car and what we needed to do to be fast. All in all, the test went really well and we were happy with our results."

NASCAR Nationwide Series test at Las Vegas last month: "The Nationwide test was good too," Reutimann said. "It was the first opportunity to get used to the new package with the gear rule. That was different. It was a two-day test, but I drove only one day because I had to leave for the California Cup test. We squeezed a lot into that one day and still learned a lot. Josh (Wise) drove for me the second day."

#00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry NSCS team inside top 35: "We are inside the top 35 right now after two races," said Reutimann, who is currently 18th in the NSCS points standings. "Our intentions are to keep moving upward in the points. At the same time, we've got to get in on time for a couple more races before this year's points kick in for us. That's definitely stressful, but we expected that."

Reutimann's Cup team shows great promise: "I'm really proud because we are light years ahead of where we were last year at this time," Reutimann said. "I feel more comfortable and confident heading into this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We ran well in the first two races. At Daytona International Speedway, we had a really good car and ran up towards the front all day. At California (Auto Club Speedway), when we started the race on Sunday the car was strong into the night. When the race was postponed and we ran it Monday morning, the track got hot. We had to make some major adjustments to make the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry better. I count the California race as our first real race together because there was a lot of pit strategy involved and we made several changes to the car whereas at Daytona, you don't."

Reutimann's Nationwide team strong out of the box: "Jerry Baxter and the #99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team has done an excellent job," Reutimann said. "The way we ran this past weekend is what I expected from the caliber of team we've got. Last year, at California we didn't have good races at all. They took the same car we ran last year and completely changed it during the off season to reflect the rest of the cars we have in our fleet. I can't wait to see how we run this weekend."

Jumped eight positions in Nationwide points: "We know it's way too early to talk about points, but last year we hurt ourselves early on and then was not able to catch up to Carl (Edwards) in the end," Reutimann said. "We are really keeping an eye on everything we do to keep from making any mistakes. We ran strong at California and our fourth-place finish jumped us eight positions to fourth-place in the standings. We've just got to keep doing what we are doing and build our momentum. Every race counts in the end."

NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series balancing act: "The fact that I love both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series makes it easy to run the two," Reutimann said. "Of course, there are going to be hassles and little things that come up. Things are not always going to run as smoothly as you like. You just have to be prepared for the unexpected. One example of the unexpected was running the Nationwide and Cup race back-to-back at California. It worked out in the end because we were prepared, but that was something we didn't expect initially. We ran second the majority of the race and came away with a top-five finish (fourth-place). Not bad."

-credit: mwr

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