REUTIMANN BREAKS NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES TRACK RECORD AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FONTANA, Cali. (February 24, 2006) -- David Reutimann qualified first turning a lap of 40.228 seconds (178.980 mph) in his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota...
REUTIMANN BREAKS NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES TRACK RECORD AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY
FONTANA, Cali. (February 24, 2006) -- David Reutimann qualified first turning a lap of 40.228 seconds (178.980 mph) in his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at California Speedway today.
"It feels good to break the track record," said Reutimann. "I'm really glad we got another pole for Toyota. Hopefully, we'll have just as good a ride for the race."
This is Reutimann's fifth career Bud Pole Award in 51 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts.
"The truck drove good the first lap," said Reutimann. "It drove right around on the bottom. I didn't have to lift. One and two is the toughest turns to run wide open. I felt like once we made it through those first two turns, we were going to be in pretty good shape. We really didn't make a qualifying run during practice."
Four of the five top starting positions are occupied by Toyota Tundra drivers.Mike Skinner will start second while Ted Musgrave and Todd Bodine will start third and fifth respectively.
"It was a great qualifying effort for Toyota all together," said Reutimann. "We'll all be working together to put a Tundra in Victory Lane. We were a little free in qualifying, so I'm hoping the track will tighten up a little bit. Maybe that will play into it, but you can't always count on stuff like that. Sometimes these West Coast tracks will throw you a curve. All in all, there's going to be more grip. I think the track will be in good condition and we will race well."
Last season, Reutimann finished 13th at California after starting third.
"We had transmission problems here last year and finished just outside the top-10," said Reutimann. "It was just one of those deals. We're hoping to have better luck this time."
Crew chief Jason Overstreet is confident his team can post their first top-five finish of the season this week.
"We're positive about this race," said Overstreet. "The truck we have here is the same truck that we raced at Homestead last year 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 they are strong."