Flat Tire Ruins Strong Finish For Reutimann at Phoenix PHOENIX, AZ (November 6, 2004) - Running seventh with less than 20 laps remaining in the 150-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, a flat tire on the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota ...
Flat Tire Ruins Strong Finish For Reutimann at Phoenix
PHOENIX, AZ (November 6, 2004) - Running seventh with less than 20 laps remaining in the 150-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, a flat tire on the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra ruined David Reutimann's chances for a Top-5 finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
"There was quite a bit of trash out there on the track and we must have ran over something riding around under a long yellow," said Reutimann. "The left rear tire got a slow leak in it. After taking the green, I went down in the corner and I could feel it.
You run the whole race and you hardly touch anybody and you have a good piece and you run in the top-10 all day and then a little something like that gets you."
After starting 14th, Reutimann wasted no time entering the Top-10 by Lap 16. Under caution at Lap 43, the Raybestos Rookie points leader made a scheduled pit stop for four tires and adjustments.
"After we weren't as good as we wanted to be in final practice on Thursday, Bobby and Jason and the guys made some big changes and got the truck better," said Reutimann. "We are capable of running like we did at Phoenix every week because we've got a top caliber team."
By Lap 103, Reutimann slid into seventh-place before making a second pit stop at Lap 110 under caution for four tires and more adjustments. After restarting ninth at Lap 117, Reutimann battled to regain seventh-place at Lap 141 as eventual winner David Star led the 36-truck field.
"It was good to see David Starr win, but I wish we would've had a shot at it," said Reutimann. "Bobby Kennedy said that we were as fast or faster than the leader of the race a few times. On a longer run, we could gain and gain, but we just needed more time. We wish we could've been there at the end, but if you can't keep air in a tire, then you can't finish."
Reutimann was forced to pit at Lap 143 for left-side tires as he realized the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota had a flat rear tire.
"If it hadn't been for the flat tire, we would've had a strong finish," said Reutimann. "After trying to throw my neck out the window at Texas and then having a bad race at Martinsville it's good to come to Phoenix and run like we ought to run. We'll put this one behind us and move on to Darlington."
This Friday Reutimann will get his first shot at Darlington Raceway. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval is scheduled Friday, November 12th at 8 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.