REUTIMANN WISHES TO RELIVE A PERFECT DAY AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY LEBANON, Tenn. (August 8, 2006) - This weekend David Reutimann returns with his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry to Nashville Superspeedway, the track...
REUTIMANN WISHES TO RELIVE A PERFECT DAY AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY
LEBANON, Tenn. (August 8, 2006) - This weekend David Reutimann returns with his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Darrell Waltrip Motorsports entry to Nashville Superspeedway, the track where he recorded his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in the Toyota Tundra 200 last year.
"The day was just perfect," Reutimann grinned. "I can't put it any other way than it was just perfect. My family, D.W. (Darrell Waltrip) and representatives from Toyota were all there when I pulled into Victory Lane. You couldn't have scripted the day any better."
Entering Nashville Superspeedway, Reutimann is 197 points behind points leader Todd Bodine in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. After an unfortunate accident at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Reutimann slid from second to fourth in the standings.
"It was disappointing," Reutimann said. "There were some things going on with a couple of guys that shouldn't have been and we got caught up in someone else's bad situation. We're not giving up because we've got a lot of races left. We need to get back to finishing in the top-five and we need to win. We haven't been worried about the points at all. We're disappointed with what happened last weekend, but it makes us more determined."
Reutimann and his team were just as determined to win at the 1.33-mile tri-oval last season.
"When we got to Nashville we were just awful, but we didn't give up," Reutimann said. "We struggled from the time we unloaded. In final practice, they changed everything and it was like a different truck. The truck was great and we were second on the board in final practice. During the race, we ran over something and cut down a tire. We came down pit road under green and Jason decided to take only two tires. I thought we were going to be caught a lap down. Then a caution came out. Taking two tires kept us on the lead lap and we were able to capitalize."
This has been a respectful year for Reutimann and he is still in contention for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Last season, Reutimann amassed one win, two pole awards, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes en route to finishing 13th in the points standings. This season Reutimann has earned two pole awards, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 15 starts. Reutimann is tied with Todd Bodine for the most top-10 finishes in the Series.
"We had a strong start to the season, but we haven't been running the way we've wanted to recently," Reutimann said. "The good thing is that we are coming up on a lot of tracks that we've had success at. Nashville is one of those tracks. It's one of my most favorite tracks and it always has been. We're hoping to deliver another win for Toyota."