ATLANTA (October 26, 2005) -- Atlanta Motor Speedway is where David Reutimann delivered Toyota Motorsports first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole award in March last year. Reutimann also recorded one of his best finishes of the 2004 season...
ATLANTA (October 26, 2005) -- Atlanta Motor Speedway is where David Reutimann delivered Toyota Motorsports first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole award in March last year. Reutimann also recorded one of his best finishes of the 2004 season at the 1.54-mile quad-oval in his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra.
"We were able to get Toyota's first pole and finish third in our first race at Atlanta,"said Reutimann, who is 11th in the series points standings. "We unloaded fast and we were good in practice. I really enjoy racing at Atlanta and it's one of the tracks I favor. I think we'll do well. We're only 12 points out of tenth-place. If we can stay out of trouble and not have any mechanical problems, I expect to be back in the top-10 in the points standings."
Earlier this year, Reutimann started eighth and finished 24th at Atlanta. Reutimann was running in the top-10 when he noticed his truck had a vibration due to a loose wheel.
"We had a good run going and we had some lug nuts loose after one of our pit stops,"said Reutimann. "We had to pit under green. Obviously, we got pinned a lap down. The results showed us having a bad finish, but we definitely had a better piece than that for the race."
Racing the truck he won with at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend, Reutimann is confident he can rebound from a 34th-place finish at Martinsville last Saturday after a rear end gear failure.
"It's frustrating to have something like that happen to you when you're running good,"said Reutimann. "You have to put it behind you and go on to the next race with a clean slate. We're taking the same truck we won with at Nashville, which boosts our confidence. We're really confident because it's a good truck. It's been really good to us and I feel like we can capitalize with it at Atlanta."
Reutimann tested at Texas Motor Speedway last month and thinks the team learned some things that will transfer over to Atlanta.
"Last year, we tested at Texas before our first race at Atlanta because there are some similarities between the two tracks and it paid off for us,"said Reutimann. "The banking is not exact, but overall both tracks are really fast. A lot of the aerodynamic, suspension and shock stuff that you use at Texas you can tweak a little bit and use at Atlanta. Hopefully, we'll be able to look at our notes and get a good combination for that truck."
Live race coverage of the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 29th begins at 3 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.
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