REUTIMANN IN THE HUNT FOR HIS NEXT NCTS VICTORY STARTING AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 11, 2006) - David Reutimann and his No. 17 Toyota will sport a new look when he takes the green flag during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
REUTIMANN IN THE HUNT FOR HIS NEXT NCTS VICTORY STARTING AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 11, 2006) - David Reutimann and his No. 17 Toyota will sport a new look when he takes the green flag during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Reutimann, who scored his first career win at Nashville Superspeedway last season, will pilot the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota as he begins his quest for his second victory and the 2006 championship.
"Our truck has a different look this year and we are running the Team Tundra Racing banner at Daytona," said Reutimann. "We are still looking for sponsorship, but we are eager to get the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season underway. Last year was a big difference from our first year together as a team. We turned a corner and got really strong midseason. We were able to capitalize and get our first win. Since it was a big difference from our first year to our second, I can't wait to see how this season unfolds."
Last year, Reutimann started 14th and finished 12th after being involved in an accident at the close of the 100-lap event at Daytona.
"We were running fourth or fifth coming to the white flag with everybody in a pack and something happened with the 88 truck because all the sudden it got sideways and a bunch of us got collected in a big wreck going across the start-finish line," said Reutimann. "At worst we would've had a top-five finish because we had a really good race up until that point."
Reutimann made his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Daytona in 2003. The Florida native led seven laps and delivered a ninth-place finish in his first attempt ever at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
"We didn't qualify all that well, but we had a strong truck," said Reutimann. "We raced our way up near the front and we stayed there. Due to my lack of experience, it kept us out of a top-five finish. I learned a lot that first race and I learned even more in my second race there. I look for good things to happen for us this time around at Daytona."
Reflecting on last season, Reutimann celebrated triumphs and endured repeated mechanical failures. In addition to his first win, Reutimann collected two Bud Pole Awards (Bristol Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway), six top-five and nine top-10 finishes en route to finishing 13th in the series points standings.
"We had some success last season, but we also had our fair share of mechanical problems," said Reutimann. "Our goal this year is to go after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. We need to finish out every race and consistently be in the top-five and top-10. The points deal will take care of itself. If we can run like we did the midpoint of last year all the time, we'll win our share of races. That's what I'm looking for."
Reutimann's other highlights last season include a second-place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park, a pair of third-place finishes at Kansas and Kentucky Speedway and a pair of fifth-place finishes at Dover International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
"After we started the year out slow, Dover was a turning point for us," said Reutimann. "We were disappointed with the way the season was going and then at Dover we led some of the race and finished in the top-five. From that point on, we were running just like we were capable of running all along. We were good everywhere we went and we had a lot of momentum going into our win at Nashville. Then we had some things happen that kept us from a win at a couple other places. All in all, midseason was our high point and it showed how good we can really be."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 17th begins at 8 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the 100-lap event.