Atlanta II: David Reutimann race notes

Reutimann finishes fourth in Nascar Craftsman Truck Series event ATLANTA (October 29, 2006) -- David Reutimann crossed the finish line in fourth-place behind the wheel of the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry during the...

Reutimann finishes fourth in Nascar Craftsman Truck Series event

ATLANTA (October 29, 2006) -- David Reutimann crossed the finish line in fourth-place behind the wheel of the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry during the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday evening.

"It was nice to show where we are capable of running," Reutimann said. "My guys had great pits stops and Jason Overstreet made some great calls. We had TRD horsepower and we had a good race. We were able to lead some laps, gain some points and finish in the top-five. It was a good effort overall."

Reutimann startedthird and led the 130-lap event for the first time at Lap 28. At Lap 34, Reutimann fell to second as eventual winner Mike Bliss passed his Toyota Tundra for the lead. Reutimann regained the lead at Lap 35 before pitting eight laps later under caution.

"We came down pit road first and went out first," Reutimann said. "We were real loose. The guys put on four tires and made a track bar adjustment."

As the green flag waived for the restart at Lap 47, the Florida native was passed by Mike Bliss and Johnny Benson. Reutimann had his hands full with a loose handling truck, but was able to move around Benson and overtake second-place at Lap 54. Still running second, Reutimann dropped to fifth at Lap 63. Eight laps later, Reutimann was passed again and was running in sixth-place when the next caution occurred. As the No. 17 Team Tundra entered pit road on Lap 79, the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team went to work on the Toyota Tundra to improve handling.

"The guys put on four tires, made a wedge and air press adjustment and they had a great stop," Reutimann said. "We entered pit road in sixth and exited in second-place. I can't say enough about the team. They did a great job."

In second-placeon the restart atLap 83, Reutimann led the next lap. Reutimann also led Laps 102-103 and 105. On Lap 110, Reutimann was first again before getting loose and sliding to fifth with 20 laps remaining.

"We were just trying everything to win the race," said Reutimann. "I thought we had a shot at it -- but I got to racing Bobby (Hamiltion Jr.) for the lead and we went into the corner together and I got loose. I lost my momentum and then everybody drove by me, but we still battled back and got a good finish. The way we ran is the way we started the season -- we struggled through the mid-point -- but now I think we're getting back to the way things were at the beginning of the year."

With three races remaining in the season, Reutimann is 195 points out of first and 104 points out of second-place.Texas Motor Speedway is next on the schedule.

"We've been losing points over the past few races and we were able to gain some this weekend," Reutimann said. "We're really looking forward to Texas Motor Speedway this week. We are taking the same truck we just ran. We've had some really good runs there in the past and we have also had some stuff that happened to us there that we would like to forget about."

Reutimann finished fourth at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. The No. 17 Team Tundra Racing driver has three top-five and four top-10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finishes at 1.5-mile tri-oval. J"Our best finish there is third in 2004," Reutimann said. "Historically, we've ran well there."

Following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, Reutimann will also compete in the NASCAR Busch Series racefor Michael Waltrip Racing.

"I'm running the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine at Texas Motor Speedway and then Homestead-Miami Speedway," Reutimann said. "We're hoping to end the season on a high note."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Friday, November 3rd at Texas Motor Speedway begins at 9 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio. Live coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series event on Saturday, November 4th at the 1.5-mile tri-oval starts at 2 p.m. Eastern on TNT and PRN.

-credit: dwm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , Johnny Benson , Mike Bliss , David Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing