Reutimann Scores Bud Pole Award in Second Career NASCAR Crastman Truck Series Start ATLANTA, GA (March 12, 2004) - Today David Reutimann scored his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole Award (30.894 Time/179.452 MPH) in his second...
Reutimann Scores Bud Pole Award in Second Career NASCAR Crastman Truck Series Start
ATLANTA, GA (March 12, 2004) - Today David Reutimann scored his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole Award (30.894 Time/179.452 MPH) in his second career start at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway quad-oval behind the wheel of the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra.
"We are starting first because of this Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Toyota team's efforts," said Reutimann, who is competing for Raybestos Rookie of the Year this season. "They have put so much work into this NTN Bearings Toyota team and it showed here today at Atlanta. We went from not having a Craftsman tool in the shop at the end of last season to sitting on the pole in our second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start. I just can't say enough about the team for all of their long hours at the shop and Darrell Waltrip for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime."
"To be consistent and to be able to go out and qualify where you were in practice, be the top Toyota and sit on the pole is incredible," said Team Owner Darrell Waltrip. "I am so overjoyed and proud of David, Crew Chief Jason Overstreet, Team Manager Bobby Kennedy and the guys for doing whatever it took to get us to this level. Our goal was just to go out there and win something whether it was to be the top guy in practice, the winner of the pole award or a win for Toyota and NTN Bearings."
"This Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team hasn't come together overnight and it's so rewarding to be in this position as crew chief for the first time in my career," said Crew Chief Jason Overstreet. "This is a rookie team with a rookie driver, a new manufacturer, a new sponsor and a rookie crew chief. For David to go out in his second qualifying effort in this Series and to be able to sit on the pole, is rewarding for all of us." Starting outside pole position to Reutimann is another Toyota driver and Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Robert Huffman. This is the first time in NASCAR Craftman Truck Series that two rookies occupy the top two spots in Series history.
"It's nice to be able to say I have already made history in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in only two series starts," said Reutimann. "I'm glad to see the Toyota's have a strong showing, but it was so hard to stand by and wait to see if one of these guys would bump me. I mean Travis (Kvapil) was almost dead last. Thank goodness I was able to sit in the lounge and try to relax by watching basketball."
Reutimann kicked off the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season by finishing ninth in the No. 17 NTN Bearings entry at Daytona International Speedway after leading Laps 51-57. Starting from the pole position at Atlanta Motor Speedway gives Reutimann the confidence he needs to have a solid shot at his first victory of the season.
"We seem to be really strong in the field here at Atlanta and I really think if the cards fell right, we will have a good chance at being there at the end for a win or at least competing for a Top-5 spot," said Reutimann. "We had a great test at Texas which has carried over to here because Atlanta is very similar. The truck felt really stable in practice today and obviously great in qualifying. I think we'll be really good come race time."
Reutimann and his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra will take the green flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 200-mile event will be the second of 25 NCTS events telecast live on the Speed Channel this season. MRN Radio will also broadcast the entire NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule on more than 350 stations worldwide in 2004.