Richmond: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN SHOOTS FOR HIS BEST SHORT-TRACK FINISH AT RICHMOND RICHMOND, Va. (September 2, 2005) -- Richmond International Raceway is significant to David Reutimann. According to Reutimann, what he believed to be his first and only chance to...

REUTIMANN SHOOTS FOR HIS BEST SHORT-TRACK FINISH AT RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va. (September 2, 2005) -- Richmond International Raceway is significant to David Reutimann. According to Reutimann, what he believed to be his first and only chance to race in one of NASCAR's top circuits happened at the historic 0x00be-mile oval three years ago. Hunting his next victory, Reutimann wants nothing more than to win at the site where he got his big break.

"I think about my first race at Richmond a lot," said Reutimann, who finished 16th (5/3/02) in his Busch Series debut. "Everything was wrapped up in one shot when I tried to make my first Busch start in the 87 car. I was worried about making the race. I had to be so careful in practice because I didn't want to ding the car up. There wasn't another one. We had one motor and one car. I knew that everything I had was wrapped up in that one deal. Richmond is special because it's probably the only chance I had to run at this level."

Before making an appearance in the Busch Series, Reutimann was a regular on the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series tour.

"I raced in the Southeast Series for a number of years before having the chance to be here," said Reutimann. "I won Rookie of the Year honors in 1997 and I finished second in the points standings in 2002. I really enjoyed racing in the division and it took me to the next level."

Since joining the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ranks in 2004, Reutimann has one win, three Bud Pole Awards, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. Now, Reutimann prepares to tackle Richmond Thursday night.

"There's always a couple of tracks that a driver really looks forward to for whatever reason," said Reutimann, who is currently sixth in the points standings. "For me, it's tracks where the race was aturning point that helped me in my career. Richmond is pretty special because I got a shot to run at this level. Memphis Motorsports Park is another one because I got my first-career Busch Series pole there. It gave me a chance to say on national television that I was looking for a job. I also finished second there in the 17 NTN Bearings Toyota this year. I think both tracks will always be special to me."

Reutimann's best short track finish this season is second at Memphis. Since his strong finish at Memphis, Reutimann's comfortable about delivering better results at Richmond where he had a disappointing 30th-place finish (accident) last season.

"We started fourth and finished 30th after we were entangled in an accident," said Reutimann. "It was unfortunate because we had a decent truck. Richmond is another track Darrell Waltrip Motorsports should do well at."

Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, September 8th begins at 8:00 p.m. EDT live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , David Reutimann