Texas: David Reutimann preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann proclaims Texas Motor Speedway as his favorite track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit because it is extremely fast and a fun place to race. The 1.5-mile tri-oval in Fort...

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann proclaims Texas Motor Speedway as his favorite track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit because it is extremely fast and a fun place to race. The 1.5-mile tri-oval in Fort Worth is also a track where Reutimann posted some his best performances. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver won his second career pole then led 40 laps in this race last year before finishing 11th. Reutimann also owns finishes of 16th or better in his last three Sprint Cup Series starts on the Texas track. He won a Nationwide Series pole there in 2007.

QUOTES

REUTIMANN ON WINNING THE POLE AWARD AT TEXAS LAST SPRING: "They gave me a shotgun. It was a long Berretta, which was really, really cool. I won a pole there in the Nationwide Series too and got a cool helmet as a trophy for that. It's always neat to win a pole at Texas because they have a lot of great trophies for winning a pole there that a lot of other races don't have. A lot of times at a racetrack you win a pole, which is great, but then you get your picture taken and you're done with it. At Texas when you win a pole the trophy is kind of the cherry on top so to speak. They do a great job with it."

REUTIMANN ON RACING AT TEXAS WITH A SPOILER: "We've been good at Texas in the past, so hopefully regardless of what happens with the spoiler we'll still have a great car. I look forward to going to Texas--it's my favorite racetrack. It's hard to tell how a spoiler is going to effect us on that racetrack, but I'm looking forward to going there and finding out to see what we've got."

RODNEY CHILDERS ON PREPARING FOR A GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED FINISH: "It's different everywhere we go. All the tracks have certain things that stand out whether it's the way the tires fall off or just how things shuffle out at the end of the race. A lot of places when the caution comes out you have no choice but to come for tires. At a place like Talladega or a track like that you're going to try and keep the track position, but in most cases you're going to come for tires because of the way they fall off. It's really just a bit of a gamble depending on the way it plays out. If the race goes two or three green-white-checkered attempts, it's going to be the person that comes in and gets four tires. If you have a situation like Phoenix where it's just one attempt then the guy with two tires can probably hold on to win."

ADDITIONAL NOTES OF INTEREST

* Reutimann is the defending pole award winner for the April race at Texas Motor Speedway. He won the pole on April 3, 2009 with a speed of 190.517 mph. The pole was the second of his career (first, Miami-Homestead 2008). Along with his pole, Reutimann has two top-10 (Spring '08 and '09) and four top-15 starts in his career five races.

* Reutimann has five career starts at Texas Motor Speedway. He retired due to engine troubles in his first two races, but since that time has one top-10 (Fall '08) and has not finished lower than 16th.

* Reutimann will race the No. 10 Beringer Toyota Camry for Braun Racing in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event. This will mark the second of three scheduled NNS races for Reutimann in 2010. Reutimann's final scheduled NNS is Chicagoland Speedway in July. Reutimann won a NNS pole at Texas in the fall of 2007.

* Aaron's, sponsor of the No. 00, will give away an autographed hat to a lucky race fan through Facebook and Twitter following any top-10 finish. Follow Aarons on Twitter (@AaronsSports) and become a fan on Facebook (Facebook.com/AaronsSports)

-source: mwr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing