Reutimann Returns To Home State For NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season Finale HOMESTEAD, FL (November 16, 2004) - For David Reutimann, nothing could be finer than returning to his home state of Florida for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
Reutimann Returns To Home State For NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season Finale
HOMESTEAD, FL (November 16, 2004) - For David Reutimann, nothing could be finer than returning to his home state of Florida for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday afternoon.
"It's kind of cool that we get to start out the season racing the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra in Florida and end there," said Reutimann. "Ironically, Crew Chief Jason Overstreet and I are both from Florida. I've been looking forward to going to Homestead-Miami Speedway all year and I bet he has too. I've raced there with the old configuration, but I haven't raced there with the new configuration. It's going to be nice to be able to see family, friends and visit my hometown."
In 2002, Reutimann practiced, qualified (24th) and completed seven of 200 laps behind the wheel of the No. 88 NEMCO Motorsports entry before an oil pump failure sidelined his efforts.
"I went there in a Busch car for Joe Nemechek," said Reutimann, who finished in 43rd-place. "We had a motor problem there right off the bat and we only made a few laps. I've talked to a couple of Cup teams that have tested there. Actually, I'm going to call up Michael Waltrip this week because he's tested there. That way I can get a feel for the track and have a general idea."
Homestead-Miami Speedway is a track Reutimann favors.
"Like I've said before, I can't wait to get to Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Reutimann. "I think we will run really well there. It's a special place for me because Homestead is where Toyota made their big announcement. That's when it was announced that I was going to be one of their driver's and drive for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. I'm excited about being able to go back there a year later and compete in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota."
Leading the Raybestos Rookie points, Reutimann occupies 15th-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
"I'm disappointed where we are in the points standings because we are way better than that," said Reutimann. "I feel like if I would have done some things differently, then we would have been in better shape. I have learned from that. We've got one more race to go and I think we've been leading the Raybestos Rookie points standings the whole way. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year title is one of the goals we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year. It will be great for us to come out of this season with that."
Recapping Reutimann's Raybestos Rookie season some highlights include, Toyota's first Bud Pole Award, a pair of third-place finishes at Atlanta and Texas Motor Speedway, fifth at New Hampshire International Speedway and nine top-10 finishes.
"One of my biggest highlights of the year was simply just the fact of walking through the gates of Daytona with a chance to race there," said Reutimann. "I had gone so many years without the chance to do that. After we had a solid finish at Daytona, we had a strong finish at Atlanta and Texas in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota. Obviously, getting Toyota's first pole at Atlanta was a big deal. At Loudon, we had a solid top-5 finish. That's encouraging because flat tracks were a challenge to us early on. We've been learning the whole way. We've turned the corner on our flat track program. There's been a lot of good stuff happen, but some bad too. I'm really excited about next year because we'll have notes to go off of. We've built a team that's extremely competitive. That says a lot. As I've said before, we have a top caliber team in place and the sky's the limit next year."
Reutimann is thankful to put this season to rest and move forward into 2005 with continued support from NTN Bearings and Toyota.
"You want to put the year behind you, but you don't want to forget about it because that's how you learn," said Reutimann. "The main things I've learned this year is patience, not to push the envelope and don't beat yourself up. I did a lot of that this year. Also, don't concentrate on the time sheets so much, concentrate on what you feel. Pay attention to how your truck feels and give good feedback to your crew chief so he can make necessary changes. The last couple of races the communication has been the best it's ever been. I'm able to tell them what I feel and what I want and they know what I want. It's a good fit.
"We are going to Homestead to win," continued Reutimann. "It would be good to finish out the season on a high note. We've got a great organization. All of our guys are in place. We plan on being strong out of the box next season. I'm excited about the possibilities for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in 2005."
Reutimann returns to the Sunshine State for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, November 19th. The event will air live on SPEED Channel beginning at 3:30 PM. MRN Radio will begin broadcast at 3 PM.
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