REUTIMANNLOOKS TO REBOUND AT MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 5, 2005) -- After testing the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway recently, David Reutimann intends to surpass last spring's eighth-place finish at the...
REUTIMANNLOOKS TO REBOUND AT MARTINSVILLE
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 5, 2005) -- After testing the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway recently, David Reutimann intends to surpass last spring's eighth-place finish at the .526-mile oval in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.
"I feel like we had a good test because we made gains all day long," said Reutimann, who is 15th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. "We tried different things that seemed to help the truck. I think Jason (Overstreet) has a pretty good idea about what he wants to do to make it better. Hopefully, we can avoid trouble and have a strong finish because we need to get our season turned around and headed in the right direction."
Reutimann's No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra team owner agrees.
"We've got to pick up the 17a little bit and it has nothing to do with the driver, the crew chief or the team," said Darrell Waltrip, who makes his final attempt in the No. 11 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville. "It's just bad luck. They had the same thing last year. We've just got to get that monkey off their back.
"David was running inthe top-five at Daytona and he got taken out at no fault of his own," continued Waltrip. "At Atlanta, it was a loose wheel. Without bad luck, David may beleading the points. They have a fast truck,David is a great driver, we've got the best crew in place andwe've got everything it takes to win. Last year, David was recovering from a horrible wreck when he raced at Martinsville. This time he's not faced with that. I think he'll do well."
One weekend prior to Martinsville last October, a vicious crash at Texas Motor Speedway nearly sidelined Reutimann.
"Racing at Martinsville after Texas was something I needed to do," said Reutimann. "You are going to have bad wrecks and then have a race the following weekend and you are just going to have to suck it up and drive. I wasn't doing well and it was a struggle during some points of the race. I had to race because that's my deal, I drive."
Reutimann went on to finish 27th in the 200-lap event.
"We ran okay, but we got into an accident late in the race that knocked a hole in the radiator," said Reutimann. "We had to change the radiator. We were disappointed with the finish because we would have had a better finish if we could have avoided the accident. It was really important for me to finish that race."
Live race coverage of the Kroger 250 is scheduled April 9th beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.
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