REUTIMANN STRIVES TO STAY IN REACH OF TOP-10 AT PHOENIX PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 8, 2005) -- Coming off of a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last week, David Reutimann is concentrated on marching forward in the points standings...
REUTIMANN STRIVES TO STAY IN REACH OF TOP-10 AT PHOENIX
PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 8, 2005) -- Coming off of a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last week, David Reutimann is concentrated on marching forward in the points standings at Phoenix International Raceway.
"The top-five finish at Texas gives us a sigh of relief," said Reutimann, who has had mechanical problems in three of the last five events. "It seemed like the problems we were having were never-ending. We had a transmission problem at New Hampshire, a rear end gear problem at Martinsville and our engine expired at Atlanta, which collectively dropped us out of the top-10 in points. If you go back even further, we had a power steering pump problem at Bristol. Before Bristol, we were fifth in the points after our win at Nashville. Before our fifth-place finish at Texas, we were 14th in the points standings, which is disappointing."
Reutimann's sixth top-five of the season gained him one position in the points. Now 13th, Reutimann is only 46 points out of tenth-place heading into Phoenix.
"At this point in our season, after the run of mechanical problems we've had, the only thing left for us to do is to get back into the top-10 in the points standings," said Reutimann. "It's not going to be easy because there are a lot of great drivers vying for the same spots. Our mindset for these last two races, which has always been the same since day one, is to finish in the top-five or win at Phoenix and Homestead."
Reutimann started 14th and finished 21st at Phoenix last year. Running in the top-10 inside 10 laps to go, Reutimann had a flat tire.
"We had a slow leak in the left rear tire," said Reutimann. "We were running in the top-10 and we must have ran over some debris on the track riding around under a long caution. We had to pit and change it. It was misfortunate for us because we had been running in the top-10. Hopefully, this time around we can finish strong at Phoenix and end the season on a high note at Homestead."
As the season draws to a close, Reutimann is looking to add to his credentials. Reutimann currently has a win, one Bud Pole Award, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
"We haven't had a bad season, we've just had bad things happen to us," said Reutimann. "If we can finish these last two races in the top-five and come away with a top-10 finish in the points standings, it gives us something to build on for next season."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, November 11th begins at 8 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.