St. Louis: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN FORESEES GATEWAY AS TURNING POINT ST. LOUIS (April 25, 2005) -- Trying to capture his first top-10 of the season, David Reutimann predicts the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Gateway International Raceway will be a turning ...

REUTIMANN FORESEES GATEWAY AS TURNING POINT

ST. LOUIS (April 25, 2005) -- Trying to capture his first top-10 of the season, David Reutimann predicts the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Gateway International Raceway will be a turning point for his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota team.

"If it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck," said Reutimann. "Hopefully, Gateway will break our string of bad luck. Last season, the truck drove well and we led some of the race. During that time, we could shift at Gateway, but this year we are not able to with the transmission ratios we're running. Last year, we basically tore fourth gear out of it with about 15 laps remaining. We were running around sixth or seventh and moving forward whenit happened."

Reutimann basis his forecast on a ninth-place finish at Gateway last season.

"Since we ran well there last year, led some laps and came away with a top-10 finish, I feel good about our chances this weekend," said Reutimann who led 15 laps. "I really enjoy racing at Gateway because of it's odd shape. Gateway is challenging because it is different from any other track we go to on the circuit."

Reutimann makes his fourth visit to Gateway as the series marks it's eighth, where seven different drivers have been victorious at the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval.

"I raced an All Pro car at Gateway in 1999 and a Busch car there last year before competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck event a couple months later," said Reutimann. "It's a track I've always seemed to run well at. We need a strong finish at Gateway to helpturn our season around."

Only 57 points separates Reutimann from the top-10 drivers in the series points standings.

"It's early in the season and we're not out of the championship chase by any means," said Reutimann, who is 15th in the standings. "We haven't thrown in the towel. I'm disappointed with the finishes, but not the way we've run. We haven't struggled at all, we've just had bad things happen to us. Everybody's doing a great job and the trucks are great. We just haven't got the finishes to show off our hard work."

Following Gateway, Reutimann attends the first Annual Golf Classic at Silver Oaks Golf and Country Club May 7th in his hometown of Zephyrhills to benefit All Children's Hospital Foundation.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Florida to help with the fundraiser for the All Children's Hospital Foundation," said Reutimann. "The foundation raises funds to assist in meeting needs of the hospital and needs of young patients by funding research and special programs. Brantley Smith and Buddy Smith of Silver Oaks are coordinating the event and have invited me to be a part of it. I've never done anything of this sort. I'm excited about being a part of this community event benefiting All Children's Hospital."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event scheduled Saturday, April 30 begins at 8 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.

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