REUTIMANN HAS THE DETERMINATION TO CAPITALIZE AT LOWE'S CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2005) -- David Reutimann returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway in his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota determined to leave with a top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman...
REUTIMANN HAS THE DETERMINATION TO CAPITALIZE AT LOWE'S
CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2005) -- David Reutimann returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway in his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota determined to leave with a top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube 200 Friday evening.
"We're going to turn our season around at Lowe's," said Reutimann, who is 18th in the points standings. "We had a truck that was capable of winning last season. I feel like we'll be just as good or even better."
Turning laps at Lowe's for the first time last season seemed effortless for Reutimann.J "It was the first time I had ever raced at Lowe's," said Reutimann. "I had been there to watch races wishing I was racing. In our first practice, we were in the top-10. We had something going on with the carburetor during qualifying. The truck drove well, but it wasn't fast. One of the guys with TRD found the problem and it seemed fine after that. We were good near the end of practice, but we still needed to be a little better. Bobby and the guys made some changes that helped. When we started the race, the truck was unbelievable."
According to Reutimann, Lowe's was the one that got away.
"That's the race that sticks out in my head that we had a really dominant truck and I feel like we would've won that race," said Reutimann. "We just didn't get it done because of something that was out of our control. We were fifth and moving forward. The truck was flawless. I was begging the guys not to change anything and just to put on four tires and leave it alone. We were able to run people down and drive by them. It was unbelievable how good it was."
Running fifth during the inaugural event, an engine problem ended Reutimann's night.
"We had something wrong with the engine," said Reutimann, who finished 36th. "It was the first one that Toyota had that failed in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition and that's saying a lot for such a young program. Toyota has done and continues to do a tremendous job. It's been a pleasure working with everyone at Toyota. They did exceptionally well their first season in the series."
Pulling out all the stops for Lowe's, Reutimann and his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team are bringing a brand new truck.
"The only laps we have on this truck is from shaking it down at South Boston Speedway," said Reutimann. "We are so pumped up about this race. We're going to get our luck turned around. We're running well enough to win. I just need to through some lucky charms in our truck or something to bring us good fortune. Lowe's should be a good track for both Darrell Waltrip Motorsports teams."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20th begins at 8:45 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the 134-lap event.
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