REUTIMANN CHASING FIRST NCTS WIN OF THE SEASON AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 27, 2006) - With the way David Reutimann's season is going, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular is in position to capture his first win of the year.
REUTIMANN CHASING FIRST NCTS WIN OF THE SEASON AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 27, 2006) - With the way David Reutimann's season is going, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular is in position to capture his first win of the year. This weekend Reutimann enters Kansas Speedway where his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team overcame a power steering problem to finish third in his second outing at the 1.5-mile tri-oval one year ago.
"We had a power steering pump problem last year and we had to keep coming into the pits to repair it," Reutimann stated. "The team finally got it fixed toward the end. We were able to stay on the lead lap, work our way back to the front and finish third. The power steering pump is what ruined our chance to win the race. It's one that got away."
Before heading to Kansas, Reutimann will travel to Kentucky Speedway to test the No. 00 Burger King NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series entry for Michael Waltrip Racing this Thursday.
"Testing the Burger King car is a great way for me to gain more experience and also help out," Reutimann said. "It's also an opportunity to work with Larry Carter and his group as they prepare multiple Toyota Camry entries for next season. It gives me a glimpse of what they have going on for next year. Bill Elliott is scheduled to run five races for Michael Waltrip Racing this season to help the team prepare for 2007. After the test wraps up, I will travel to Kansas Speedway to race the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck. We're having a solid year and what we need now is a win."
Last year, Reutimann collected one win, two pole awards, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 25 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts. Minus a win this year, Reutimann has already matched last year's statistics with his two pole awards six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in only 11 starts. Reutimann's determination along with the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team's dedication has positioned the Toyota Tundra team second in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings.
"Being in contention for the championship is something that we have worked towards all year," Reutimann said. "After finishing fifth at Milwaukee, we made the biggest gain on the points leader so far. We've got to do more of the same to make up the deficit. It's getting really tight up towards the front. We just need to keep doing the same things we've been doing. I'm happy to be in second-place and happy that we are closing in first. It shows how good of team we have."
Reutimann is one of five Toyota Tundra driver's occupying a spot in the top-five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship standings.
"The fact that the top-five are Toyota driver's is a reflection on everyone's effort," Reutimann stated. "All the people at TRD and all of the teams are really working well together. We are sharing information and Toyota is doing a great job with their engineering support. They are making good horsepower. All of those things are some of the reasons why Toyota is running up front each week. I think you will see more of the same at Kansas Speedway."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, July 1st begins at 3 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.
-Darrell Waltrip Motorsports