DOVER, DE (May 31, 2005) -- David Reutimann adapted rapidly to Dover International Speedway during his rookie season last year. Reutimann went on to finish 17th in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra after running in the top-10 the majority...
DOVER, DE (May 31, 2005) -- David Reutimann adapted rapidly to Dover International Speedway during his rookie season last year. Reutimann went on to finish 17th in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra after running in the top-10 the majority of the race.
"I talked to a few people like Joe Nemechek, Michael Waltrip, Carl Edwards and some other guys to get an idea of Dover last season," said Reutimann. "I also watched some tapes that Bobby (Kennedy) and Jason (Overstreet) got me of past races before going there. When I got there, I stood on the wall to watch the first five or ten minutes of practice. I was watching guys get into the corners. When I went out there and started our deal, the truck was really good. I made some laps and the guys got the truck to where it was really comfortable."
Dover reminds Reutimann of Bristol Motor Speedway on a larger scale.
"The place is really fast with a lot of banking and because of that a lot of drivers compare it to a big Bristol," said Reutimann. "It has some of its traits. Dover carries a lot of corner speed. You are not off the throttle much there."
Reutimann learned a valuable lesson in his first attempt at Dover.
"I learned how to be extra careful to avoid sliding through my pit box," said Reutimann. "I barely slid through on a green flag stop at Dover, which was just enough for my guys to have to push me back. I thought I had slowed down enough. It cost us valuable time. Not long after, a caution occurred and I had just got passed by the leader. We got caught a lap down with a lot of other trucks that had the same pit strategy. You look back and think what you could've done differently. It's a mistake that I've learned from."
By this time last season, Reutimann had garnered Toyota's first Bud Pole Award, two top-fives and four top-10s in seven starts. This season has followed a different pattern in which Reutimann's trying to reform as he occupies 17th in the points standings.
"We are trying to communicate even more and even better than before," said Reutimann. "We are trying to race smatter. I don't think we've raced badly this year. There's been a few things that we all can work on. Our communication hasn't been bad at all, but you can always make things better. We are trying everything to ward off some of the bad things that keep happening to us. We are trying to keep everybody pumped up and focused on what we need to do. I think we are doing that. It's been a bad year, but it's not going to hang around for very much longer. I'm looking forward to doing some back-to-back racing and turning things around. We know we're not going to make up points overnight and we're not going to do it in one shot. We're really focused going into Dover."
Reutimann brings one of his favorite trucks to Dover.
"We're bringing chassis seven, which is one of the trucks that I like the most," said Reutimann. "It was a heck of a truck at Homestead last year where we won the pole and finished fourth. We also ran it at Las Vegas and California last season and at California and Atlanta this season. It's a really good piece. We really don't have any bad trucks. We'll use this truck to get things going in the right direction."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Dover International Speedway on Friday, June 3rd begins at 4:45 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the 200-lap event.
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