Michigan: David Reutimann race notes

REUTIMANN KEEPS STREAK ALIVE WITH TOP-10 FINISH AT MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 19, 2005) -- David Reutimann's No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra finished eighth in the Paramount Health Insurance 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at ...

REUTIMANN KEEPS STREAK ALIVE WITH TOP-10 FINISH AT MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 19, 2005) -- David Reutimann's No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra finished eighth in the Paramount Health Insurance 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway late Saturday afternoon.

"The truck ran great and we were able to come away with another top-10 finish," said Reutimann. "We were free at the beginning. The guys kept working on it and made it better. This was a new truck that we had never even tested. We only took it to the wind tunnel. By far, it was the best truck I've had at a big track."

After starting seventh, Reutimann pitted on Lap 19 under caution for adjustments and fuel without taking tires. As the field cycled, Reutimann was shown in fifth position for the restart at Lap 22.

"The truck needed to be tighter," said Reutimann. "So, we pitted for an air pressure and track bar adjustment."

Running tenth at Lap 28, Reutimann pitted again under caution seven laps later. After the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team completed their routine stop for four tires, NASCAR ruled that the crew left pit wall too soon. The ruling sent the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra to the tail end of the longest line on the lead lap in 31st position.

"NASCAR said the guys were too quick over the wall," said Reutimann. "That put us at the tail end of the longest line."

While trucks pitted before the halfway mark, Reutimann stayed out to reposition his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota in the top-five. At Lap 54, Reutimann relinquished fourth-place for four tires. Restarting 28th, Reutimann reentered the top-10 14 laps later.

"We had a really good truck," said Reutimann. "We were able to drive up through the field a couple of times."

Sliding back to 20th at Lap 71, Reutimann regained tenth-place at Lap 92. Reutimann went on to finish eighth in the 100-lap event.

"We were four-wide at Lap 69 and ended up losing some positions," said Reutimann. "We got mired back in traffic there at the end. We were able to make up some lost ground, but we ran out of time. We had a caution there at the end that ate up about five or six laps. I feel like we would have finished better than eighth if we didn't have that long caution at the end."

Reutimann is now 13th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings heading to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend for the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200.

"I really enjoy going back to Milwaukee because it was one of the places where I finished fifth in a Busch car," said Reutimann, who finish 32nd last year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. "We were involved in an accident last year in the truck race that abruptly ended our night. This is a track I really want to do well at for two reasons. First, NTN Bearings will be bringing 150 employees out to the race from headquarters to cheer us on. Secondly, Toyota is the race sponsor. I can't think of a better place to get our first win. We're leading races, running in the top-five and top-10. It's obvious what are next step is. To win."

Live race coverage of the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Milwaukee Mile on Friday, June 24th begins at 8:15 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , David Reutimann