CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann is the fifth highest scoring driver on restrictor-plate race tracks in 2010. The 40-year old Michael Waltrip Racing driver averages a 10th-place finish in the first...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann is the fifth highest scoring driver on restrictor-plate race tracks in 2010. The 40-year old Michael Waltrip Racing driver averages a 10th-place finish in the first three plate races. The secret to his success? Being at the right place and the right time and knowing when it's time to race. Reutimann will employ that strategy Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on the 2.66-mile high-banked track.
On racing at Talladega? "There's not anything really difficult about driving Talladega. You have to have a good car and then you can hopefully get out there and get in the right line and get with the right guys and work with the right people to try to make your day go as good as you can. A lot of times you're trying to get yourself in a position where you're trying to let things shuffle out and see what happens. At Talladega you would like to be able to qualify up front, but you're really not all that worried about it because you know that in a matter of a couple laps you could be up there leading the thing."
on how intense the closing laps at Talladega can be? "It seems like it only takes one guy to start running up through there and then everybody thinks they have to do it. The closer it gets to the end of the race, the more you have to get yourself in good position. It's not hard to pass early on in the race, but the later in the race it goes, unless you have somebody behind you that will really help you, it's hard to pass. You're trying to get yourself in position to be in the right place at the right time when things cycle out. Sometimes the outside line with go and sometimes the inside line will go. You need to be in the right line when it matters. It's crazy -- you see everybody behaving so well early in the race and everybody is giving plenty of room and nobody is even close to each other. Then with 15 or 20 laps to go, it just gets really, really crazy and it gets pretty intense. The last few laps at Talladega are always crazy and I've watched many a replay to figure out why in the world we do what we do sometimes, but in the end you're out there racing and trying to win. Sometimes you need to take chances and make crazy moves and that's what you see at the end of that race."