Las Vegas: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN NEEDS CHANGE OF LUCK AT LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 21, 2005) -- Mechanical problems plagued David Reutimann in two of the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. Entering Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Reutimann's ...

REUTIMANN NEEDS CHANGE OF LUCK AT LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 21, 2005) -- Mechanical problems plagued David Reutimann in two of the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events.

Entering Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Reutimann's determined to recover from a 33rd-place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway last Saturday.

"I feel like we would've easily had a top-10 or a top-five finish if ithadn't been fora transmission problem last weekend," said Reutimann, who is eighth in the points standings. "We've got to get our consistency back starting at Las Vegas. Since we won at Nashville, I feel like we've had only one race where we struggled, which was Richmond. I felt like we were good at Bristol and we never had the opportunity to show it because of a power steering pump problem. Then we hada transmission problem at Loudon."

Last year, Reutimann finished 17th in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Las Vegas after starting third.

"It was the first time I had raced at Las Vegas," said Reutimann. "I had been there a couple of times before to test with Joe Nemechek. For whatever reason, we seemed to struggle there last year in the truck race. I don't expect that to be the case this time. We're taking the truck we won with at Nashville.I'm thrilled about getting back into that one."

With the same truck, Reutimann's finished eighth at Michigan International Speedway, third at both Kansas and Kentucky Speedway and collected his first career win at Nashville Superspeedway.

"Obviously, it's my favorite truck I've raced this season," said Reutimann. "We've had so much success in it. I know we can't compare Las Vegas to Nashville because the surface is different and the shape may be a little bit more similar to Kentucky, butit's got characteristics of some of the racetracks we've really run well at."

Before leaving for Las Vegas, Reutimann tested a Nextel Cup car at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday.

"It was a great opportunity and I had fun driving the car," said Reutimann. "It was something not expected. Michael (Waltrip) asked me if I could do a test there in the 00 car. It was the first time I had tested a Cup car there. I was happy to get the chance and I was glad to do it. Who knows where it will lead. I had a chance to test a Cup car for Morgan-McClure at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a few years ago. I'm just so thankful for opportunities like that."

Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24th begins at 9 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Joe Nemechek , David Reutimann