Rookie Reutimann Takes Martinsville Lessons From His Boss David Reutimann finds himself in a pretty lofty position two races into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. And he spent a good portion of Monday turning laps at ...
Rookie Reutimann Takes Martinsville Lessons From His Boss
David Reutimann finds himself in a pretty lofty position two races into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
And he spent a good portion of Monday turning laps at Martinsville Speedway in hopes of protecting his high-flying status when the green flag falls on the Kroger 250 on April 17.
Reutimann, Darrell Waltrip's star pupil, is fourth in the NCTS standings after posting a pair of top-10 finishes in the first two events of the year.
Of course, Reutimann wasn't driving his Toyota Tundra truck Monday; rules prohibit testing trucks at tracks where the series competes. But as many other drivers have done over the years, Reutimann showed up with a Busch Grand National car to log laps Monday. He figured driving something on the difficult Martinsville Speedway layout was better than showing up with no experience at all.
"This is the first time I've been here ... it's the first time I've seen the place other than TV," said Reutimann. "I'm sure there will be some difference when I get in the truck. The trucks have more nose weight and are harder to turn in the center. But at least I'm getting some laps."
Brakes have always been a concern of drivers at Martinsville, and that was the big reason Reutimann made the trip Monday.
"The biggest part of this place is brakes. We've been going through different pads and rotors and stuff. I'm a short-track guy, but it's been at wider tracks in lighter cars. It's never been near the weight of our trucks," said Reutimann.
"It's a lot different kind of racing than what I'm used to. It looks tough to drive on TV and then you show up here and it's every bit as tough as it looks. We were just trying to learn a little bit about managing the brakes here."
Waltrip ruled Martinsville in his NEXTEL Cup career here with 11 victories. Reutimann listened to his boss diligently Monday, hoping to take advantage of that experience.
"Darrell was a big help today. He came in and worked with me and tried to coach me some. He tried to make me a little more at ease here," said Reutimann.
Waltrip will be making one of his rare truck series starts in the Kroger 250. Reutimann hopes he can learn a little more from his boss on race weekend.
"Judging from how Darrell gets around here, I hope I'm racing with him some on race day," said Reutimann. "He races so good here. The plan is to get behind him and run some."
Great seats are still available for the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on April 18 for $40 to $72 each. To purchase tickets call the speedway ticket office toll free at 877-722-3849 or order online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
The Craftsman Truck Series racing action begins at 1 p.m. on April 17 when the green flag waves on the Kroger 250. Tickets for the Kroger 250 are $35 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. All seats are unreserved.
Martinsville Speedway's ticket office is open seven days a week, from 9 to 7 Monday through Friday; from 9 to 3 on Saturday; and from 1 to 4 on Sunday.