David Reutimann medical update 2004-10-19

Reutimann Released and Ready To Compete at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 19, 2004) Recovering rapidly from a fierce accident at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday, David Reutimann is ready to get back into the No. 17 NTN Bearings...

Reutimann Released and Ready To Compete at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 19, 2004) Recovering rapidly from a fierce accident at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday, David Reutimann is ready to get back into the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra to give Team Owner Darrell Waltrip a run for his money as he returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in his No. 11 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway.

Im looking forward to hanging out with Darrell and just being able to talk with him, said Reutimann. To be on the track with him gives me a chance to follow someone who really knows that place inside and out. Im glad Ill have an opportunity to follow him for some laps and learn that way. Im looking forward to it and hopefully we will have a good race.

After Reutimann vigorously struck the front-stretch retaining wall at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, Waltrip was overjoyed to receive Reutimanns call from the Texas Motor Speedway infield care center. Following his doctors visit on Monday, Reutimann has been released to compete at Martinsville Speedway this Saturday in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra.

Its extremely important for me to get back in the truck because its what I do, said Reutimann. Thats probably the thing that the bothered me most about the whole accident was the fact that there might be a possibility that I wouldnt be able to race the next weekend. To climb back in and get back to business means a lot. Ill forget about that one last week and go on to the next one. Its just the way it is. If you are going to do this long enough theres chances that stuff like this may happen on occasion. Its good to be able to carry on and still be able to have our same goals as a team. We have the same mindset to reenter the Top-10 in points and clench the Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors.

Im elated that Davids doing so well after being involved in a powerful accident on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, said Waltrip. We are thankful for all of the support our racing family has shown us. Im excited about having the opportunity to race with David again at Martinsville. Davids a wonderful person, who is well liked in the racing community and he does a tremendous job for us. We are lucky to have him.

Racing at Martinsville for the first time in his career last April, Reutimann finished in eighth-place after starting 25th at .526-mile oval.

We actually struggled from the time we unloaded, said Reutimann. We were trying to get a feel because it was my first time at Martinsville. At the end of final practice and in qualifying trim we realized we werent as good as we needed to be. Crew Chief Jason Overstreet, Team Manager Bobby Kennedy and the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team came together to make a bunch of changes and started over cold turkey. When we started off at the beginning of the race, we were not really that good. They kept bringing me in and adjusting on it. We got a lap down, but then we got our lap back.

The guys rolled the dice there towards the end and got us good track position, continued Reutimann. At that point, we actually had the truck driving pretty good. We were as high as third there for a little while. We ran out of tires and kind of faded there towards the end. Being 33rd and one lap down at one point in the race and to come back to finish eighth is attributed to the team making great calls and major changes.

Waltrip, who has won 11 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Martinsville, finished 24th in the No. 11 Toyota Tundra earlier this season. With Toyota Motorsports proven success this season, the three-time NASCAR Nextel Cup champion is looking to improve his best career Craftsman Truck Series finish of fifth (09/21/96) at Martinsville this weekend.

Toyotas having a successful first year as a manufacturer in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, said Waltrip. Im glad to be affiliated with the Toyota Tundra racing program from the ground floor. Toyota has not struggled one bit and it seems like theyve been a part of the division longer than a year because of their accomplishments. Toyota Motorsports has won poles and races in their first year of competition. Thats impressive and their entire program is going to only get stronger. I'm looking forward to driving my No. 11 Toyota Tundra this weekend at Martinsville because it's a special place for me after winning 11 NASCAR Nextel Cup races there.

Darrell Waltrip and David Reutimann fight for bragging rights at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 23rd at 1 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. The event will be broadcast on MRN Radio.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , David Reutimann , Bobby Kennedy