MEMPHIS, TN (June 15, 2004) - Running just outside the Top-10 inside ten laps to go, David Reutimann was relegated to a 17th-place finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. "We would should have had a Top-10 finish with...
MEMPHIS, TN (June 15, 2004) - Running just outside the Top-10 inside ten laps to go, David Reutimann was relegated to a 17th-place finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
"We would should have had a Top-10 finish with the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota, but another truck got into me there at the end while we were running 13th," said Reutimann. "Near the end, there were so many cautions for accidents and debris that it hurt us as well. After we struggled early on, Team Manager Bobby Kennedy, Crew Chief Jason Overstreet and the entire Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team did a great job of turning the truck around making it good for the race. We were able to come up through the field a couple of times. If we didn't have so many cautions and if another truck hadn't go into me, we would have garnered a more respectable finish."
Within 29 laps of the 200-Lap event, Reutimann had advanced from his 30th starting spot to 17th-place in the running order. At Lap 103, the Raybestos Rookie Points leader made a routine pit stop under caution.
"At that point we were tight through the center," said Reutimann. "We had a little hiccup in the pits and had to come back in, but we were able to bounce back to where we were running before pitting." As leader Jack Sprague received the black flag for failing to slow down when a caution occurred at Lap 142, Reutimann slid into 14th-place. With 50 laps remaining, there were five cautions for 25 laps not leaving much time for Reutimann to recover ground.
"The cautions were lengthy there at the end and it didn't give us much of a chance to pass anybody," said Reutimann. "Every time there was a caution, we would lose three to eight green flag laps. We did the best we could with the cards we were dealt. We had a much better truck than a 17th-place finish."
Reutimann completed 200 of 200 laps and earned $10,765 in prize money for the effort. Reutimann is now tenth in the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. Next up for the Zephyrhills (FL) native is The Milwaukee Mile where he started 22nd and finished fifth behind the wheel of the No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Busch Series car last season.
"I'm excited about Milwaukee because I finished fifth there last year in a Busch car," said Reutimann. "It was the first time I had been there in a Busch car there. I'm hoping to have the same kind of luck in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota this week."
Live coverage of the Black Cat Fireworks 200 at The Milwaukee Mile is scheduled June 25th at 9:00 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.