MILWAUKEE, WI (June 23, 2004) - Looking to rebound from a 17th-place finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota at Memphis Motorsports Park, David Reutimann's goal is to surpass his fifth-place Busch Series finish last season at The Milwaukee...
MILWAUKEE, WI (June 23, 2004) - Looking to rebound from a 17th-place finish in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota at Memphis Motorsports Park, David Reutimann's goal is to surpass his fifth-place Busch Series finish last season at The Milwaukee Mile this Friday night in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Black Cat Fireworks 200.
"We were running third towards the end of the Busch race at Milwaukee last season and we ended up finishing fifth because a couple of guys behind me took tires," said Reutimann. "We didn't have the opportunity to qualify because of rain. NASCAR started us out on points. At that time, Joe (Nemechek) was just running a limited amount of races so we started about 22nd. We were able to make it up into the Top-10 and pretty much stayed there the rest of the race."
At a track that has never seen a repeat race winner in nine events of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition, the Raybestos Rookie points leader wouldn't mind keeping that streak alive.
"Guys like Ted Musgrave, Bobby Hamilton and Jack Sprague are going to be tough to beat, but a rookie - Kurt Busch - has won from the pole at Milwaukee," said Reutimann. "I enjoyed racing there last season and it's going to be even more fun with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series under the lights. To have a strong finish at a place like Milwaukee, especially in front of our sponsor, NTN Bearings, will be huge. NTN has offices in Mount Prospect (IL), so there will be at least 150 representatives in the stands cheering us on."
To sum up eight NCTS races for Reutimann, the Zephyrhills (FL) native has seen a pattern of closely spaced peaks and valleys. After acquiring one Bud Pole Award, two Top-5 and four Top-10 finishes, Reutimann occupies tenth-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings upon entering the one-mile Milwaukee oval.
"We've had some strong runs and on the flipside we've had some bad luck," said Reutimann. "We were strong out of the box at Daytona and we've done well at places like Atlanta and Texas. We are coming up on some tracks that I really enjoy and I think we will fare well at."
According to Reutimann, Milwaukee Mile can be deceiving.
"Milwaukee is surprisingly fast for a flat track," said Reutimann. "The track is your basic oval that's flat with symmetrical corners. You have to be aggressive, but you have to also be careful not to overdrive the corners."
Like Memphis, Team Manager Bobby Kennedy has never been to The Milwaukee Mile. Crew Chief Jason Overstreet has been there a few times with another truck team. The pair say this one's up to Reutimann.
"I've never been to Milwaukee so this week Reutimann's the guy," said Kennedy. "We never ran a Busch car there with Michael Waltrip. I've only watched races at Milwaukee on TV. It's up to Reutimann to get the job done."
"We are heading to Milwaukee with a winning attitude," said Overstreet. "We've run better than our finishes have shown. We've had some misfortune, but we are hoping to turn our luck around at Milwaukee."
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.