Cup Driver Works With Reutimann at Lowe's Motor Speedway CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 19, 2004) 0x2022 Occupying third-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings, David Reutimann turns to Michael Waltrip for a bit of advice since the...
Cup Driver Works With Reutimann at Lowe's Motor Speedway
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 19, 2004) 0x2022 Occupying third-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings, David Reutimann turns to Michael Waltrip for a bit of advice since the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota driver has never turned a lap at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"Bobby Kennedy has a great relationship with Michael Waltrip and he's going to have Michael give me some pointers by taking me around the track," said Reutimann, who has one Bud Pole Award, one Top-5 and three Top-10s in four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts. "I'm fortunate to have people like DW and now Michael to turn to for input on tracks where I've never raced at before. I'm doing my homework too and watching a tape from last year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race."
"Bobby and Darrell wanted me to tell David some of the intricacies that the track offers up," said Michael Waltrip, who will race the No. 47 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry at Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday night. "Lowe's is a difficult racetrack to run because it is a unique 1.5-mile track. Experience is something that is very beneficial at Lowes Motor Speedway. With that being said, I've watched the way David has jumped in the truck and been really good right off the bat. I bet you that he'll do the same at Lowe's and just get straight to it. I think his talent will really shine.
"I don't want to tell him too much because I've got to race against him in a truck Friday night," continued Waltrip. "The entertainer I will have my truck for that race is Sheryl Crow and I think that's really cool. It will be a lot of fun."
Team Manager Bobby Kennedy brings a wealth of knowledge about Lowe's Motor Speedway to the youthful driver from his crew chief days with Michael Waltrip. At the end of 2003 Busch Series season, Kennedy - Waltrip's Busch Series crew chief last season - and Jason Overstreet transferred from the No. 99 Aaron's Busch Series team. Since then the pair have assembled a championship caliber team at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.
"When we arrive at Lowe's on Thursday, Michael's going to take David around the track," said Kennedy. "Michael's a natural candidate to help David out there because we've had a lot of success there in the past. We've led a lot of laps there and finished second there numerous times, but we haven't won there. We've had strong cars each time we've been there. We are looking to transfer our Busch success to the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra and have a good run Friday night."
According to Kennedy, Lowe's Motor Speedway will be one of Reutimann's biggest challenges of the season.
"It's going to be a challenge because that place is really tough," said Kennedy. "At the start of the season, I told David that Martinsville and Charlotte will be two of the toughest places that we will go to that he's never raced at before. There are bumps in Turns 3 and 4 and really everywhere. It will upset how the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota handles. Lowe's has numerous lines that you can run. You can run high, low or in the middle. You can pretty much race everywhere. It's a tough place to go to if you've never been there and there are numerous guys that will be racing there with a lot of experience. David's got his work cut out for him."
After being relegated to a fourteenth-place finish in the UAW/GM Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, Reutimann has a fire under him to notch a win in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra. The Raybestos Rookie points leader expects nothing less than the success he garnered at the 1.54-mile high-banked Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he scored a Bud Pole Award and finished third in the 133-Lap event.
"I'm glad to put Mansfield behind us and shift our focus to Lowe's Motor Speedway because I feel like we will have a solid run there like we did at Atlanta," said Reutimann. "We had a tough time at Mansfield. We were spun out at Lap 8 and that pretty much set the precedent for the rest of the race. I'm looking forward to Lowe's because it's a great facility and I love racing at night. Racing under the lights brings back old memories."
Live coverage of the 134-Lap Infineon 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled Friday, May 21st at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This is the fifth of 25 NCTS events slated to air live on the SPEED Channel this season. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule events.