REUTIMANN FINISHES SIXTH AT AND ADVANCES TO THIRD-PLACE IN DRIVER POINTS LEBANON, Tenn. (August 13, 2006) -- David Reutimann earned his 12th top-10 finish of the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing...
REUTIMANN FINISHES SIXTH AT AND ADVANCES TO THIRD-PLACE IN DRIVER POINTS
LEBANON, Tenn. (August 13, 2006) -- David Reutimann earned his 12th top-10 finish of the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing entrywith a sixth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday afternoon.
"We were fortunate to finish sixth," said Reutimann. "We had a tough a day. It was hard for us to be back at a track that we won at last year and not run the way we expected to. It was a blessing that we were able to finish in the top-10."
Upon starting 15th in the Toyota Tundra 200, Reutimann immediately experienced handling problems.
"There was no grip and the truck just wouldn't turn," Reutimann said. "We had made a bunch of changes before the start of the race and we over adjusted. We pitted under caution and made changes to try and help it."
Reutimann restarted 21st on Lap 27. Two laps later, the Florida native entered the top-15 before returning to pit road at Lap 36.
"We were free on exit and off," Reutimann said. "We pitted again and the guys put some wedge in the truck to tighten it up."
By Lap 44, Reutimann had positioned his No. 17 Team Tundra Racing entry in the top-10. With a loose handling truck, the Florida native lost several positions before driving to pit road again at Lap 78 under caution.
"The truck was so loose it was hard to hold it wide open," Reutimann stated. "We pitted again and the team made even more changes to try to improve the handling. They also had to fix the left front fender where we had some damage and work on the spoiler."
Restarting 24th at Lap 85, Reutimann and his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team were determined to have a respectable finish at a track they won at last season. 17 laps later the No. 17 Team Tundra NASCAR Craftsman Truck was 15th and charging towards the top-10. By Lap 119, Reutimann had moved into tenth-place. Closing in on the final lap, Reutimann was eighth when a caution occurredforcing a green-white-checker scenario. On the white-flag lap, Reutimann capitalized on someone else's misfortune to cross the finish line in sixth-place at the 1.33-mile tri-oval.
"Something happened between Todd (Bodine) and Mike (Skinner) there at the end," Reutimann said. "They were both battling for the win and I'm not sure exactly what happened there. We finished ahead of both of them. We had a horrible day, but were able to come away with a top-10 finish."
Reutimann moved up to third in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver points standings, 194 points out of first-place and 50 points out of second-place. Reutimann has a weekend off before traveling to Bristol Motor Speedway, where he will compete in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series events.
"I'll race the No. 17 Toyota and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine at Bristol Motor Speedwaynext," Reutimann said. "We got the truck pole there last year and were running pretty good until we had a power steering problem. We finished 29th. It will be my first time running the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine there. I've always wanted to run a Busch race at Bristol."