LAS VEGAS, NV (September 22, 2004) -- After a refreshing fifth-place finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at New Hampshire International Speedway, David Reutimann has high hopes for similar results at the relatively flat 1.5-mile...
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 22, 2004) -- After a refreshing fifth-place finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at New Hampshire International Speedway, David Reutimann has high hopes for similar results at the relatively flat 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway tri-oval.
"Las Vegas is yet another track that I've never raced at before," said Reutimann, who is 14th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. "I was able to test a Busch car for Joe Nemechek at the beginning of this year. There were numerous teams at Vegas testing during that time. Actually, Joe was testing his Nextel Cup car and didn't have a lot of time to test his Busch car. So, I flew out with the NEMCO guys to get some experience and try to help them out too. It was a great opportunity to make some laps and watch some Cup guys practice. I was pretty comfortable there the second day of testing. I'm looking forward to racing there for the first time in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra."
According to the NTN Bearings Toyota driver, flat tracks have not been his forte this season.
"Flat tracks haven't been our strongest point this year," said Reutimann. "We've learned some things at New Hampshire that we can transfer to other flat tracks. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is very flat, smooth and fast. The Las Vegas tri-oval features only 12-degree banking in the turns, three-degree banking on the backstretch and nine-degree banking on the front stretch."
Before his top-five finish with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports at New Hampshire last Saturday, Reutimann's last NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series top-five finish occurred at Texas Motor Speedway this past June.
"Having never raced at New Hampshire before, to finish fifth there in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra was really big for us," said Reutimann. "To have practiced and raced well last weekend builds our confidence going into Las Vegas this week. When you have a bad couple of weeks, all it takes is one good race to feel better and it takes only one bad race to make you feel bad. You've got to finish races to win races."
"DW's told me to stop over thinking and race really smart," continued Reutimann. "He's told me to try to not put myself in bad situations and to quit beating up myself. I've done that some this year. It's not hard to do that, but you need to stay focused and concentrate on races. The rest will come. He's coming from a driver's point of view and that really helps."
Leading the Raybestos Rookie of the Year chase by 39 points, Reutimann has one Bud Pole Award, three top-five and eight top-10 finishes this season. Reutimann took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time this season at New Hampshire.
"I want to get back in the Top-10 in points and I would like to win the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title," said Reutimann. "I want to do well at Las Vegas and I'm taking everyone's advice to be smart and finish well. It gets to the point where you have to look at a whole lot of other things besides winning if you are going to have the chance to win."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled to air Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 PM EDT live on SPEED Channel. The event will be broadcast on MRN Radio.