MAINTAINING MOMENTUM IS REUTIMANN'S OBJECTIVE AT DOVER DOVER, Del. (May 30, 2006) -- David Reutimann is 106 points out of first-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings leading into Dover International Speedway this ...
MAINTAINING MOMENTUM IS REUTIMANN'S OBJECTIVE AT DOVER
DOVER, Del. (May 30, 2006) -- David Reutimann is 106 points out of first-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings leading into Dover International Speedway this weekend.
"I don't know exactly where we were in points last year coming into Dover, but I do know it's a huge difference," said Reutimann, who was 17th in the points last season entering the Monster Mile. "It feels good to be in third-place and knocking on the door of first-place in the points standings. We've been getting the finishes we need and the pit stops have been great. Everything has been really good for us. We're closer to where we've ever been to the points lead. I think we've got a good shot at being even closer. We're in a better position than we were last season when we raced at Dover."
After a disappointing start to the 2005 season, Reutimann knew a strong finish at Dover was imperative.
"Things hadn't been going well at all," said Reutimann. "We had an awful season up until that point. During that particular race, I felt like it was a make or break race for me. We needed to turns things around. There was a ton of pressure on me. It was one of the most miserable races that I had ever run for the simple fact that I was under the microscope. We needed to perform and step up. I knew we needed to turn things around for the team. That's where DW (Darrell Waltrip) sat the team down and encouraged us. That's also where he gave me a card to tape to my dash that read 'Don't Beat Yourself.'"
Reutimann delivered and collected his first top-five finish of last season for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports at the one-mile oval.
"We finished fifth last year," said Reutimann, who finished 17th in his first attempt at Dover in 2004. "I had been wrecking trucks and not running well, but for some reason that all changed at Dover. When we started the race, we were not that good. Then, we got better. My crew chief (Jason Overstreet) gambled on pit strategy, which got us the lead. At the end of the race, we got beat by tires. After that race, we started running like we knew we were capable of. Everything seemed to be better for some reason. We got our first win at Nashville Superspeedway shortly thereafter."
On a roll this season, Reutimann has recorded one pole award, three top-five and six top-10 finishes in seven starts. The Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team is confident their statistics will improve as they approach tracks that they've excelled at in the past.
"We've got some good tracks ahead of us," said Reutimann. "After Dover, we've got tracks like Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas and Kentucky Speedway, where our best finish is third-place. There's also Memphis Motorsports Park where we finished second last year. In between those races, we've got Michigan International Speedway, where we finished eighth last season. You can't forget the Milwaukee Mile, which is Toyota's track. That's one I'd like to win. This season has been much better by a long shot. I'm looking forward to Dover and the next several races we've got coming up on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule and trying to take the points lead."
The AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway will begin at 4:45 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 30th. The event will be aired on SPEED Channel on a tape-delayed basis starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. MRN Radio will carry the event live.