ACING MARTINSVILLE IS TOP PRIORITY FOR REUTIMANN MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 29, 2006) -- David Reutimann never looked forward to racing short tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule until this year. Reutimann used to foresee ...
ACING MARTINSVILLE IS TOP PRIORITY FOR REUTIMANN
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 29, 2006) -- David Reutimann never looked forward to racing short tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule until this year. Reutimann used to foresee Martinsville Speedway as being one of his biggest challenges, but his viewpoint has changed.
"Martinsville used to be a track that I didn't like going to, but that's not the case anymore," said Reutimann. "I think I'm ready to go to Martinsville this time because we had such a good truck there last time. We were closer to where we needed to be. We hadn't had that combination in the past. We felt like we turned the corner."
Reutimann ran well both times at Martinsville last year, but unforeseen problems relegated him to a 23rd-place finish in the spring and a 34th-place finish in the fall.
"During the race in October, we were the best we had ever been and then the rear end broke," said Reutimann. "During the first race at Martinsville last year, we didn't have a chance to show how good we were. We cut down a tire and lost a couple laps. It's hard to get a lap back at Martinsville."
Reutimann's best finish at the .526-mile oval is eighth (4/17/04) and his best short-track finish is second (7/23/05) at Memphis Motorsports Park last year.
"We're bringing one of the oldest trucks we've got to Martinsville," said Reutimann. "We raced it there the last time. It's also the same truck we finished 17th with at Memphis in 2004 and then took it back the next year and finished second after starting on the outside pole. We've raced it so much and it has been a good workhorse for us. We gave it a face lift and we're bringing it back to Martinsville."
Trying to keep his streak alive, Reutimann has two top-five and three top-10 finishes and is currently fourth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings entering Martinsville.
"We've had a nice start to the season," said Reutimann. "Basically we're not going to do anything different. We're going to continue to race smart. Our biggest goal is to finish the race this weekend. We'll pass when we can and work on the truck to make it better. We're not going to get overly excited. We're just going to race like we've been racing and try to be there at the end."