FORT WORTH, TX (June 12, 2004) -- David Reutimann wheeled the No. 17 NTN Bearings Tundra Tundra to a third-place finish in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Reutimann tied his best career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ...
FORT WORTH, TX (June 12, 2004) -- David Reutimann wheeled the No. 17 NTN Bearings Tundra Tundra to a third-place finish in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Reutimann tied his best career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish of third (Atlanta Motor Speedway) at the 1.5-mile Texas tri-oval.
"We ran the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota in the Top-5 almost the entire race," said Reutimann. "We went from one extreme to another on adjustments and we got it pretty close towards the end. By ourselves we were really good, but behind others we were not as good. We're really happy with our efforts. The Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team had flawless pit stops. We had an awesome engine. I had Team Manager Bobby Kennedy encouraging me during the race and Crew Chief Jason Overstreet up on the spotter's stand guiding me. Everybody did a great job and it showed. It gives us momentum in the heat of the season." Reutimann was a Top-5 mainstay the first half of the 167-Lap event eclipsing the Top-3 by Lap 128 following leader Ted Musgrave and eventual winner Dennis Setzer.
"They say the cream rises to the top," said Reutimann. "We were fortunate to be there racing with guys like Dennis Setzer, Ted Musgrave and three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Jack Sprague."
As Musgrave relinquished the lead for a routine green flag pit stop at Lap 132, Reutimann slid into second-place trying to chase down leader Dennis Setzer. The pair elected to pit two laps later along with other trucks for four tires and adjustments.
"We were able to hang with those guys for a while and at times the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota was the fastest truck on the track," said Reutimann. "Everybody just got so strung out there at the end. I think Setzer had an 11 second lead and Ted Musgrave was so many seconds behind him and then Jack Sprague was so many second behind me."
Reutimann continued his run in the Top-3 down to the wire. In his first attempt at Texas Motor Speedway in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck, the third-place finish earned Reutimann a week's worth of bragging rights as the top finishing Toyota and Raybestos Rookie.
"Texas is one of my favorite tracks and after a third-place finish, I can't wait to come back to the Lone Star State in October," said Reutimann. "It's always nice to shine when you have executives in town from NTN Bearings and Toyota watching the race from the pits and the grandstands. It's a great feeling to run that good and be that consistent throughout practice, qualifying and the race."
Reutimann soared five positions in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings to seventh, 201 points out of first. The NTN Bearings Toyota driver has an impressive record with one Bud Pole Award, two Top-5s and four Top-10s in seven starts heading into Memphis Motorsports Park next weekend.
"Memphis is another track that I have admiration for since I have had success there in a Busch car," said Reutimann. "Last season, I qualified NEMCO Motorsports No. 7 Busch car for Greg Biffle capping off a good enough lap for my first and only Busch Series Bud Pole Award. In 2002, I started fifth, ran well and finished 12th. I feel really good about our chances at Memphis."
David Reutimann and the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team prepare for Memphis Motorsports Speedway this week. Live coverage of the O'Reilly 200 at the .75-mile oval begins at 3:00 p.m. EDT live Saturday, June 19th on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule events.