KANSAS CITY, KS (June 3, 2004) - While overtaking third-place at Kansas Speedway, David Reutimann's Top-5 hopes were destroyed when the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota cut loose and struck the wall coming off of Turn 2 at the 1.5-mile Kansas ...
KANSAS CITY, KS (June 3, 2004) - While overtaking third-place at Kansas Speedway, David Reutimann's Top-5 hopes were destroyed when the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota cut loose and struck the wall coming off of Turn 2 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway tri-oval. Reutimann finished 29th in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 after completing 101-laps in the 167-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.
"The truck jumped out from underneath me," said Reutimann, who started 12th by points because qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather. "I did my best to correct it. I was running under the 50 truck for a few laps. I was running as hard as I could to get by him and the truck just came out from underneath me. It's just unfortunate for the team and our sponsor."
Because practice and qualifying was canceled Friday, a 30-minute practice session was allotted race day. Due to limited practice, NASCAR announced a mandatory caution near Lap 30 to allow teams to make necessary changes. Knowing this, Team Manager Bobby Kennedy elected to pit the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota without the front-runners for four tires and a track bar adjustment under caution at Lap 17.
"As we were preparing to pit, Kennedy told me not to worry," said Reutimann, who is 14th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings after 10 events. "He said that the field would cycle out after NASCAR had their caution. He said that we would be third or fourth in the running order."
Running 16th at Lap 29, the mandatory caution by NASCAR followed. Reutimann came in for a chassis adjustment and fuel only as the majority of teams changed four tires. As the field was reset, Reutimann was shown in third-place at Lap 31.
"Without a doubt, Kennedy's strategy worked," said Reutimann. "Once everything shook out, we were in the Top-3. We ran as high as second in the race."
Reutimann was shuffled outside the Top-5 before pitting again at Lap 81. After the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team made a four tire change and a wedge adjustment, Reutimann rolled off pit road in fifth-place.
"The guys did a great job this weekend," said Reutimann. "They put together a great piece for me and they had really good pit stops. Crew Chief Jason Overstreet did a good job spotting and Bobby Kennedy made some great calls."
At Lap 101, Reutimann's day ended as the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team could not repair the badly damaged No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota for the second week in a row.
"One of the hardest thing to do is to watch your guys load everything up before the race is over," said Reutimann. "I hope it never happens again. Something good has to happen for us. We need to turn our luck around at Kentucky."
Live coverage of the Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled July 10th at 8:00 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.