Reutimann Competes at Phoenix For The First Time PHOENIX, AZ (November 1, 2004) - David Reutimann is looking forward to racing at Phoenix International Raceway due to its history. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the flat...
Reutimann Competes at Phoenix For The First Time
PHOENIX, AZ (November 1, 2004) - David Reutimann is looking forward to racing at Phoenix International Raceway due to its history. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the flat one-mile oval for the 14th time since the divisions inception in February 1995.
"I've never been to Phoenix," said Reutimann. "I've only watched races there on television. I hear that Phoenix is unique, flat and a really fast track. I've talked to Joe Nemechek and a couple other drivers and they said that the track is easy to overdrive, just like any flat race track you go to on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit."
Looking back, Phoenix was the site of many firsts for the elite NASCAR division. Mike Skinner was credited with the series first win while Ron Hornaday Jr. was the first pole winner. Having only watched races at PIR on television, Reutimann is looking to make a few series firsts of his own in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra.
"I'm ready to end the season on a high note and move on to next season," said Reutimann. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a lot tougher than I thought it would be. From its inception, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has grown steadily as the years progressed. Obviously, it's always been a tough series. With quality teams, high truck counts and the tracks we go to, it makes it one of the toughest series around. They started with promotional races where there weren't many trucks to now having full fields at every race. I think that says a lot about NASCAR and the Craftsman Truck Series as a whole."
Entering Phoenix, Reutimann has one Bud Pole Award, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Despite the challenges he's endured as a rookie, Reutimann's learned some valuable lessons.
"The biggest challenge I've had to face this year is going to tracks that I've never been to," said Reutimann. "Basically, this year I had to start cold turkey. I'm disappointed with where we are in the points because we have such a great group of people. It's just been the way things have fallen this year. I've learned a lot and I know that we are capable of doing so much more. Once we get past this year, I'll be a lot smarter and we'll all have been together at least a year. Next season, we are coming out of the gate swinging. I know I'm with a caliber team that can run in the top-five every week and be the top in points. That's what we are aiming for next year."
On his way to Phoenix International Raceway, David Reutimann will stop off in Las Vegas to appear at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) to sign autographs November 2nd. Reutimann can be found at the NTN Bearing Corporation booth (#6600) inside the Sands Expo in Las Vegas from noon to 2 p.m. "I'm looking forward to going to the AAPEX show with NTN," said Reutimann. "NTN is a leading supplier of bearings units. Their experience in original equipment and aftermarket has made them one of the most recognizable companies in the world." The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled Friday, November 5th at 5:30 PM Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.