Kentucky: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN TRAVELS TO KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY FOLLOWING ANOTHER TOP-10 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES FINISH SPARTA, Ky. (July 2, 2006) - David Reutimann competes at Kentucky Speedway following atenth-place finish in the No. 17 Team Tundra...


SPARTA, Ky. (July 2, 2006) - David Reutimann competes at Kentucky Speedway following atenth-place finish in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry at Kansas Speedway in the most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

"We're determined to unload better at Kentucky Speedway than we did at Kansas Speedway," Reutimann said. "We tried so hard to get the truck running good in practice in Kansas. At the end of practice, we all decided that we had to make major changes. We changed shocks, sway bars and everything else, but the driver. We got the truck driving great near the midpoint of the race. Then we made a minor adjustment, put on four tires and the truck went completely the opposite direction. On our last stop we came in with probably 30 to go and put tires on again. They gotthe truck back to where it wasdrivable, but it wasn't as good as it was during the midpoint of the race. We're hoping to be better at Kentucky this weekend."

Just like Kansas Speedway, Reutimann's best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish at Kentucky Speedway is third-place. Reutimann returns to the 'Bluegrass State' where he finished eighth in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine last month.

"Kentucky Speedway is a track I love and I was able to race Michael Waltrip Racing's Aaron's Dream Machine there recently," said Reutimann. "We had a good run and earned a respectable finish. It was our third top-10 finish in a row. I'm ready to get back behind the wheel again at Gateway International Raceway near the end of July. We finished third there in the No. 17 Team Tundra truck in April. It's been pretty busy over the past couple of months and I'm hoping it doesn't slow down one bit."

There's no lull in Reutimann's schedule. Today, he is testing the No. 00 Burger King car at Nashville Superspeedway since the Michael Waltrip Racing team did not test at Kentucky Speedway last week as originally scheduled.

"We leave early Monday morning from Statesville (N.C.) for Nashville Superspeedway to test the No. 00 Burger King car," Reutimann stated, who scored his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at the 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval last year. "The car we are testing is the backup car for Chicagoland Speedway, which is brand new. They are going there to learn more about the car, shake it down and try some new things. After the test, it's back to racing the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing truck with my guys. We've had a solid season so far."

Reutimann has had a successful year and heis currently second in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings after amassing two pole awards, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 12 starts. The Florida native admits advice from a former Series champion has helped his mentality.

"I took something to heart that Ted Musgrave told me this year," Reutimann said. "During a test session I really had a chance to talk to Ted since he's in the Toyota camp. We were talking and bench racing. He's the one that told me to strive to be consistent. He pointed out that he had only one win last year and that he was much more consistent across the board. He said that's what wins championships. Obviously, we want to win, but if we can't we have to finish in the top-five and not outside the top-10. We've done that in all, but two races this year. At Martinsville Speedway, we were running in the top-10 and got spun from behind and finished fifteenth. At Michigan International Speedway, we had a truck easily capable of finishing inside the top-five and we had a plug wire come off. We ended up 15th there as well."

When Reutimann's not racing the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing entry, he's bartering to race something else. A true dirt racer at heart, the Florida native has recently received an invitation to compete in Ken Schrader's annual 'M&M's Night of Stars' on August 2nd.

"Basically, I've been wanting to race in this event for a while and I pretty much begged my way in," Reutimann grinned. "I'd like to say I have connections and I'm thankful to the person who made it possible. I've been told it's a blast and I can't wait. Schrader's got several guys lined up for the event. In addition to himself, he's got Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, Brendan Gaughan, Kenny Wallace, Rick Crawford and Steve Wallace. It will be neat racing with all of those guys on dirt and especially the guys I race with every week in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 8th begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

-Darrell Waltrip Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Darrell Waltrip , Matt Kenseth , Rusty Wallace , Kenny Wallace , Ted Musgrave , Rick Crawford , Brendan Gaughan , David Reutimann , Steve Wallace