SPARTA, KY (July 7, 2004) - After being sidelined in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota at Milwaukee Mile and Kansas Speedway due to accidents in the past two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events, David Reutimann's bound and determined to turn...
SPARTA, KY (July 7, 2004) - After being sidelined in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota at Milwaukee Mile and Kansas Speedway due to accidents in the past two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events, David Reutimann's bound and determined to turn his ill-fated fortune around at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval.
"I'm going back to racing the way I got here to begin with and that's probably the biggest thing I've learned," said Reutimann, who is 14th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings after 10 events. "A lot of times you try to alter your style and do things differently because you think it's the right thing to do. You probably should stick to what you know."
Unlike Kansas Speedway last Saturday, Reutimann has prior experience at Kentucky Speedway. Last season, Reutimann piloted the No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Busch Series entry for Team Owner Joe Nemecheck.
"We qualified in the Top-10 and at the drop of the green flag we had an awesome car," said Reutimann, who finished 37th due to an engine failure. "When we got up to third-place it was about time to pit. We came down pit road and right before the caution came out the motor felt a little funny. So, we came in and pitted and when we went back out, the motor broke. To make a long story short, that ended our night really early. A couple of years ago, I had better luck and finished third at Kentucky in an All Pro Series car."
Reutimann's history at 1.5-mile tri-ovals this season has been feast or famine. At Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota, Reutimann garnered a pair of third-place finishes and Toyota Motorsports first Bud Pole at Atlanta. Prior to Texas, the Zephyrhills (FL) native eclipsed the Top-5 at Lowe's Motor Speedway before his engine expired. During last weeks race at Kansas Speedway, Reutimann secured a Top-5 spot in the running order before an accident eliminated his chances for his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory.
"Bobby Kennedy and Jason Overstreet have a really good package for those type of racetracks," said Reutimann. "It all carries over. I felt really comfortable at Altanta and Texas. At Lowe's, I'd never been there before until this season. Fortunately, Bobby and Jason had a lot of experience there, which helped tremendously. Basically, when we unload at all of these 1.5-mile racetracks, we feel confident because the setups are really close when we get there. We don't make major changes. We only make little changes to make the truck better. That goes for every 1.5-mile speedway we run on. We just have to transfer the success onto the smaller racetracks."
"Kentucky is its own deal," continued Reutimann. "It doesn't have a lot of banking. It's a fast racetrack that's pretty smooth. You can look at it and see bits and pieces of different racetracks you've been to before. We are hoping to catch a break at Kentucky this weekend and have a good finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota."
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.