KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 29, 2005) -- After an undesirable 23rd-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile last weekend, David Reutimann contends for a top-five finish at Kansas Speedway that escaped him last season. "We were at least a...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 29, 2005) -- After an undesirable 23rd-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile last weekend, David Reutimann contends for a top-five finish at Kansas Speedway that escaped him last season.
"We were at least a second-place truck, but an accident ruined our chances," said Reutimann. "Last year, I raced at Kansas Speedway for the first time. The truck we had there was strong. We were running good and moving forward. We were underneath the 50 truck going for third-place past the midpoint of the race. Coming off the corner, Jon Wood was holding me tight off. We were just racing. Then, my truck cut loose. That was one of the first times I had ever had the truck get loose underneath me while under another truck at a fast racetrack like that. It just bit me and I wrecked ending our day."
New to Kansas last year, Reutimann had only 30 minutes of practice to become acclimated to the track.
"The first day there it rained and we didn't get to practice," said Reutimann. "We were able to practice 30 minutes the second day. Because of rain, we didn't get to qualify and we had to start by points."
Lack of practice, didn't slow Reutimann down.
"We ran as high as second during the race," said Reutimann. "Early on we pitted around Lap 17 without the frontrunners. When NASCAR had a mandatory caution at Lap 30, we were shown in third-place when the field cycled. It was just like Bobby Kennedy (team manager) had told me it would play out. I felt like we were going to finish in the top-five. It was disappointing not too. We've been running so good lately. I'm ready to get back to Kansas."
Reutimann was on a roll until a carburetor problem hindered his efforts at Milwaukee last weekend.
"We had a top-five finish in the bag until the throttle linkage broke," said Reutimann. "We were the last truck on the lead lap occupying fifth-place when it happened. We've been leading laps and having decent finishes. We finished fifth at Dover,q0th at Texas and eighth at Michigan. All the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, July 2nd begins ats:15 EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.
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