REUTIMANN EXPECTS CONSISTENCY TO PAY OFF AT MANSFIELD MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 24, 2006) -- David Reutimann enters Mansfield Motorsports Speedway with a hold on third-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings after his fifth top-10...
REUTIMANN EXPECTS CONSISTENCY TO PAY OFF AT MANSFIELD
MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 24, 2006) -- David Reutimann enters Mansfield Motorsports Speedway with a hold on third-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings after his fifth top-10 finish of the season in the most recent event.
"When you can't win, you go after single digit finishes and that's what we did at Lowe's Motor Speedway last week," said Reutimann, who finished sixth in the event. "A top-10 finish keeps the ball rolling in the right direction, but it wasn't what we wanted. Obviously, we wanted to win or at least finish in the top-five. Hopefully, we'll be able to do that this weekend. We've got a local company - Ohio Valley Manufacturing - on board with us for this race and it would be nice to have a strong finish for them and Toyota."
Transitioning from Lowe's 1.5-mile quad-oval to Manfield's .44-mile oval this week, Reutimann hopes for better results in his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota.
"Our short track program has been a challenge in the past, but we ran well at Martinsville and I feel pretty good about Mansfield," said Reutimann. "The first time we were at Mansfield we really struggled and then when we went back the second time we ran a lot better."
Reutimann finished 14th in his first time out at Mansfield in 2004. Last season, the Florida native was forced to settle for a 21st-place finish, which resulted from a flat tire.
"We would have had a decent finish last year, but we had a flat tire and that forced us to pit under green," said Reutimann. "We lost laps and there wasn't anything we could do to make them up. Mansfield has been a real challenge for us. We're bringing a pretty good truck that we ran at Lowe's and Bristol (Motor Speedway) last year to Mansfield."
Reutimann's results thus far have been respectable. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular has amassed one pole, three top-five and five top-10s in six starts this season and is 121 points from first-place in the series standings. Reutimann credits his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team for their success.
"For the third time this season, my guys won the pit crew challenge last weekend," said Reutimann. "My guys are the best pit crew out there. It seems like we gain positions every time we pit. They've really come together and they're a championship team."
Live coverage of the City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 27th live on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.