Indy IRP: David Reutimann preview

CLERMONT, IN (August 3, 2004) - Looking to turn his luck around after finishing 24th in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Michigan International Speedway, David Reutimann is ready for round two of short track action with boss man Darrell ...

CLERMONT, IN (August 3, 2004) - Looking to turn his luck around after finishing 24th in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Michigan International Speedway, David Reutimann is ready for round two of short track action with boss man Darrell Waltrip this time at the site of Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"I'm excited to be racing with DW again," said Reutimann. "It's always nice to have him there. We are looking forward to having a good time and may the best man win."

"My expectations and goals are always the same," said Waltrip. "I want to run in the Top-10, be competitive, be in a position to win and not finish outside the Top-10. After tiptoeing out of the TV booth, I only do this three times a year so I have to keep my goals realistic. But, oh by the way, and there's always an oh by the way, I plan on winning."

Reutimann will not only be racing alongside one Waltrip brother in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota, but two. Michael Waltrip joins the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ranks for the 200-lap feature at the .686-mile IRP oval to add an element of brotherly rivalry to the division.

"Nothing and I mean nothing would make me happier than to do a little bump drafting with my baby brother Michael at IRP," said Waltrip. "I dream about Toyota versus Chevrolet for the win. Somebody better let Michael know that he has his work cut out for him this Friday."

Last time the Waltrip's competed in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race together was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1996 where DW finished 20th and Michael finished fourth. With both Waltrip's competing at IRP Friday night, Reutimann feels he can benefit from a double dose of advice.

"It's good in the respect that I can have Michael and DW there to talk with and get advice from because I've never raced at IRP before," said Reutimann. "It's going to be unique having both of those guys there. Our short track deal hasn't been what we've liked it to be. We are looking to be on top of our short track program at IRP."

The Waltrip's aren't the only ones with family at IRP this weekend. Reutimann plans to attend the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series event to support Wayne Reutimann Jr. who will be running the No. 00 entry Thursday evening.

"It's a cool weekend with the Silver Crown cars being there," said Reutimann. "My cousin Wayne Reutimann Jr. will be running at IRP. I'm coming up early to watch him in the event. I'll just be out at IRP hanging out with the guys."

Prior to taking his seat in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota at IRP, Reutimann and his father Buzzie Reutimann are slated to race Big Block Modifieds at the 0xda6ce D-shaped New Egypt (NJ) clay oval as part of the Ocean County dirt track's celebrated Superstars of Stock Car Racing Series this Wednesday night. For the third generation driver it's an honor to race against his father and for his father it is a homecoming of sorts.

"My dad raced there back in the 70's," said Reutimann. "He raced at places like East Windsor, Nazareth and Orange County. My dad has a lot of fans up in that area. A lot of people are coming around to see him, which will be pretty neat. We are both really looking forward to it.

"This race is a 50-lap Big Block Modified race, continued Reutimann. "You get everybody from Brett Hearn to Bob McCreadie, Tim McCreadie that show up. Basically, the cream of the crop will be there. It pays $10,000 to win which is a substantial amount in Big Block Modified circles. I'm excited about racing there and then going on to IRP for my first race there in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra."

Live coverage of the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP is scheduled Friday, August 6, 2004 beginning at 8:00 PM EDT live on SPEED Channel. The 200-lap event at the 0.686-mile IRP oval will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.

-dwi-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Wayne Reutimann , Brett Hearn , Tim McCreadie