REUTIMANN SAYS GOODBYE TO A GOOD HOME IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Darrell Waltrip Motorsports will field a second truck with Michael Waltrip and Reutimann will also race the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine in the NASCAR Busch Series race...
REUTIMANN SAYS GOODBYE TO A GOOD HOME IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports will field a second truck with Michael Waltrip and Reutimann will also race the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine in the NASCAR Busch Series race for Michael Waltrip Racing.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 13, 2006) -- As David Reutimann prepares for his final NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race with his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team of three years, the organization plans to field a second truck with Michael Waltrip and the No. 12 Jani-King Toyota Tundra at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We're running two trucks," Reutimann said, who has one win, six poles, 17 top-five and 37 top-10s in 74 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career starts. "It's my final race with my crew chief (Jason Overstreet) and the guys. That encompasses everyone from in the fab shop, my race day guys and my pit crew. Each one of them contributed a lot of time and energy and all of them have been in my corner even when things weren't going good. I owe those guys a lot and it's tough for me to get up and leave. I'm not going to have the opportunity to race with them any more and that's the bummer part of the deal. That's what bothers me the most."
"I love the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the people," Reutimann continued. "It's such a great Series and I've learned a lot. It's taught me how to be smarter and taught me a lot of things I didn't know. Drivers like Ted Musgrave, Mike Skinner and so many others have helped me out when I was doing lots of things wrong."
NEXTEL Cup Series for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007, looks forward to having Waltrip as a teammate during the season finale in his home state of Florida.
"It's cool that Michael is going to run the No. 12 Jani-King Toyota Tundra and I know him and Johnny Allen (crew chief) will work good together," Reutimann said. "I will enter Michael's world in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series next year and it's neat that he gets to race in my world - the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
Reutimann won a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race last season, which is something that Waltrip wants to accomplish in his eighth Series start this weekend. Waltrip's best finish in the 12 season old division is fourth (11/3/06)behind the wheel of the No. 1 truck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"I've never won a Craftsman Truck race and that's something I'd really like to accomplish," Waltrip said. "It's a great Series and I know why David and so many people are fond of it. We're hoping to put on a good show for Jani-King and Toyota this weekend."
Reutimann is hungry for a win too. Historically, Reutimann has run up front at Homestead-Miami Speedway and has collected a pair of pole awards and a top-five finish in two starts at the 1.5-mile oval. Last season, the Zephyrhills, Fla. native was leading the race when his day ended abruptly due to a clutch problem.
"It was just a freak thing that happened with the clutch," Reutimann said. "We got the pole and we broke our own track record, which was pretty cool. The truck was just awesome and it took off right from the start. We were far ahead of everybody and in our own rhythm. Then the clutch started slipping for no reason at all. It finally just tore up. We looked into the deal, but we never came up with a solution as to what happened. It was really disappointing because we had a solid shot at winning the race. Hopefully, we will have a truck just as good this time."
After the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season concludes, Reutimann climbs into the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine to best his sixth-place finish this season that occurred at Nashville Superspeedway in June.
"I'm going to go to Homestead and try to win both races," said Reutimann, whose best NASCAR Busch Series career finish is fifth (twice) at the Milwaukee Mile (6/29/03) and Nashville Superspeedway (4/12/03). "We're trying to finish out the last truck race on a high note and have a great finish with the Aaron's Dream Machine. I've got the teams to do it. I've been to Homestead-Miami Speedway in a Busch car a couple of times. I drove the Aaron's car there last year. I just haven't had any good results there in a Busch car. That will change this weekend."