Reutimann's Solid Efforts Derailed By Unavoidable Accident at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 24, 2004) - A commendable effort on David Reutimann's part was interrupted by an unavoidable accident relegating the No. 17 NTN Bearings...
Reutimann's Solid Efforts Derailed By Unavoidable Accident at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 24, 2004) - A commendable effort on David Reutimann's part was interrupted by an unavoidable accident relegating the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra to a 27th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon.
"At Martinsville, you are nose to tail and if there are trucks wrecking directly in front of you, there's nowhere to go and nothing you can do and that's pretty much what happened to us," said Reutimann, who now is 15th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. "There were a bunch of trucks stacked up on the front straight-away and we just got shoved into it. Whoever was behind me kept pushing and I kept pushing the guy in front of me. It's just part of the deal and it's unfortunate. There was nothing we could do to avoid it. The incident ended up knocking a hole in the radiator and we had to come behind the wall for repairs."
After starting the 36-truck field by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings due to inclement weather, Reutimann started 14th in the 200-lap event. Reutimann maintained a Top-15 run with a loose-handling truck before a pit stop under caution at Lap 50.
"We struggled a little bit early on and the truck felt like it was going to skate out from underneath me," said Reutimann. "The team made some great changes. The No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra was really good afterwards and I think at one point it was probably better than I was."
Restarting 20th, Reutimann maintained his stride picking up positions before another caution occurred at Lap 71 when Mike Skinner's No. 5 Toyota Tundra and David Starr's No. 75 entry wrecked in Turn 4. Pit strategy came into play as Crew Chief Jason Overstreet and Team Manager Bobby Kennedy elected for Reutimann to stay out as other drivers brought there Craftsman Trucks to pit road. As the green flag waived for the restart at Lap 78, Reutimann was shown in eighth-place.
"It felt so good to be able to run in the Top-10 after the week I've had," said Reutimann. "It was really important to me to be able to run well and finish the race. I wanted to prove to everyone that I was okay."
As Reutimann was running in the Top-10, another caution occurred around Lap 110 allowing the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team to pit the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra. At Lap 116, Reutimann restarted 18th before becoming involved in a multi-truck accident a couple laps later. As the No. 72 and No. 02 trucks made contact ahead of Reutimann, the Raybestos Rookie points leader had nowhere to go as he was shoved into the No. 21 truck of Hank Parker Jr.
"It's just a shame," said Reutimann. "We had a really good truck and didn't want it to end this way. I know we would have easily had a Top-10 finish because we had a really good truck."
The Darrell Waltrip Motorsports crew was forced to bring the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra behind pit wall because the impact knocked a hole in the radiator. After making repairs and replacing the radiator, Reutimann returned to racing around Lap 143 occupying 29th-place. Reutmann was able to gain a couple of positions and finish 27th in the 200-lap event.
"I can't say enough about the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team," said Reutimann. "The guys are great under pressure. They do a great job. They were able to change the radiator and make repairs to the truck to get us back out there. I just feel really bad that it ended up the way it did. We would've had a solid finish. We'll go to Phoenix and hopefully have a much better run. I hate it that we tore the truck up. This is the truck that I wanted to take to Phoenix, but I'm not sure that we're going to make it with this one. It was a good effort for all the guys. I'm really proud of them. They kept me pumped up on the radio and that was probably was a big part of me finishing. Sometimes the mental stuff goes a long way."
After a one-week hiatus, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will return to racing at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, November 5th at 5:30 PM Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.