FORT WORTH, TX (June 7, 2005) -- Fresh off of a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway, David Reutimann moves forward to Texas Motor Speedway where he finished third in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra last June. "Texas is...
FORT WORTH, TX (June 7, 2005) -- Fresh off of a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway, David Reutimann moves forward to Texas Motor Speedway where he finished third in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra last June.
"Texas is another one of my favorite tracks because we have run so well there in the past," said Reutimann. "I like Texas because it's fast and the track is wide. I'm excited about going to Texas after finishing so well at Dover last Saturday. We were fortunate to finish in the top-five. One race doesn't change your season, but it gives you momentum. We raced smart at Dover and everyone stayed calm. I feel like if we can keep doing that, we can keep going forward. I can sleep a little better at night since we finished fifth at Dover."
Last October, Reutimann was running in the top-10 when his truck vigorously struck the front-stretch retaining wall after contact with another truck.
"We basically had a bad day at the office," said Reutimann. "We had just made a pit stop and we were waiting for the tire pressures to come up. I was side-by-side with another truck that got loose. When you are side-by-side like that, the air gets pulled off of the truck and then you find yourself trying to save it. We got together and went into the wall. With all things combined from the safer barrier walls, the HANS device, the safety belts, Joie of Seating, it brought me through the deal. Everybody involved did a great job and to them I am thankful."
Because of his success at Dover, Reutimann's team is turning around the same truck for Texas.
"Like I said last week, this truck is one of my best trucks," said Reutimann. "After the race at Dover, we immediately made the call to bring the same truck to Texas. The guys at the shop have been working so hard these past few weeks. They are so dedicated to this program. It's really nice to see everyone's hard work pay off at Dover. We're looking to do more of the same at Texas."
Reutimann gained four spots in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings after his finish at Dover. This weekend at Texas he's after a top-10 spot.
"We're only 54 points out of tenth-place," said Reutimann, who is currently 13th. "If we perform the way we did at Dover this week at Texas, we'll have a good shot at breaking into the top-10 in the points standings."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 10th begins at 9:15 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the 167-lap event.