REUTIMANN SETS SIGHTS ON FIRST TOP-FIVE FINISH OF THE SEASON AT CALIFORNIA FONTANA, Cali. (February 21, 2006) -- Driving one of five Toyotas to a top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway last week, David Reutimann looks to carry...
REUTIMANN SETS SIGHTS ON FIRST TOP-FIVE FINISH OF THE SEASON AT CALIFORNIA
FONTANA, Cali. (February 21, 2006) -- Driving one of five Toyotas to a top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway last week, David Reutimann looks to carry his momentum into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at California Speedway this Friday.
"After our run at Daytona, we're ready for California," said Reutimann. "To finish in the top-10 at Daytona is sometimes just a feat in itself. Four of the top-five finishers were Toyotas and seven of the top-10 starting positions were too. That's impressive. Our team had a good run going the whole race. My guys made great pit stops and my crew chief made good calls. All in all, it was a solid effort on everybody's part. It was definitely one of our better outcomes. We're hoping for even better results in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota at California."
Last season, Reutimann finished 13th at California after starting third.
"We ran a pretty decent race at California, but we got into some trouble toward the end of the race with transmission problems," said Reutimann. "The truck was still running good and performing. It was just one of those isolated deals. We'll be better out there this time around."
Reutimann's best start at California is third (twice) and his best finish is sixth in 2004. Crew chief Jason Overstreet is confident his team can post their first top-five finish of the season this week.
"We're positive going into California because of our good run at Daytona," said Overstreet. "If we hadn't got into an altercation there at the end of the race, we would've finished in the top-five. We're taking the same truck that we raced at Homestead to California and we're confident about that. I have to admit Toyota's pretty sporty. They've picked up where they left off last year and their strong."
In Toyota's inaugural year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, they showed strength at the two-mile D-shaped oval as a Tundra driver (Travis Kvapil) captured the pole and another won (Todd Bodine) the 100-lap event.
"Toyota's program at a speedway is strong," said Reutimann. "They only keep getting stronger. California is another good track for them. I feel like we'll be good there. We'd like to deliver Toyota another home state victory this weekend."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Racetickets.com 200 on Friday, February 24th begins at 9 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel. The 100-lap event will be broadcast by MRN Radio.