Atlanta: David Reutimann race report

Reutimann Finished Tenth in Nationwide Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway HAMPTON, Ga. (March 8, 2008) -- Today, David Reutimann and the ...

Reutimann Finished Tenth in Nationwide Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 8, 2008) -- Today, David Reutimann and the #99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team aimed to deliver a strong finish for Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership, which is based in the Atlanta market. They fought hard to earn their second top-10 of the season with a tenth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

"The Aaron's Dream Machine team did a great job today, but the car just wouldn't seem to handle the way we needed it to," said Reutimann, who is now sixth in the points standings. "We soldiered on and got a top-10 out of it. The guys put a lot of effort into today as they do every day and did a great job."

The Zephyrhills, Fla.-native started fifth after qualifying was canceled and the field was set by the NASCAR rulebook due to snow showers this morning. As the race got underway, Reutimann was running in fourth-place when he made his first pit stop of the day at Lap 30 under caution.

"We started the race tight in the center and loose off," Reutimann said. "Before we pitted, the entry seemed to be fine. I just needed help on exit and the center left alone."

Reutimann restarted his #99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry third on Lap 32. Six laps later he radioed Crew Chief Jerry Baxter and communicated that his Toyota Camry needed to be tightened up because it was extremely too loose. Reutimann slipped outside the top-five on Lap 41 and had just fallen outside the top-10 when the yellow flag waved again at Lap 48.

"The car was a lot different," Reutimann said. "Jerry and I discussed it and we decided to give up track position to come in and work on it. They made a track bar adjustment (no tires) and loaded it up with fuel."

Restarting 20th on Lap 52, Reutimann was still really loose. He was able to hold onto a top-20 position until he came back down pit road on Lap 88 during a round of green flag pit stops.

"The Aaron's Dream Machine would start out okay, but the longer we went it was freer," Reutimann said. "I could only put a little wheel to it."

Under caution at Lap 103, Reutimann dove to pit road another time for his team to tighten up the #99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry.

"It still needed to be tightened up," Reutimann said. "So, they put on sticker tires, went a couple rounds down on the track bar and put a rubber in the left rear."

Reutimann restarted 15th and reentered the top-10 at Lap 110. While running in eighth-place, he experienced the same handling issues.

"We were way loose," Reutimann said. "Jerry brought me in under the next caution and pretty much buried the track bar. The team did a great job."

The changes were noticeable as Reutimann became tight on exit.

"We pitted one more time around Lap 172 for the guys to pull out one of the rubbers," Reutimann said.

The #99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team restarted 12th at Lap 175 and 13 laps later NASCAR displayed the red flag for an accident involving the 41 and 24 car.

As the green flag waved on Lap 192, Reutimann forced his way back into the top-10. Another caution immediately followed resulting in the race ending with a green-white-checker flag finish.

Reutimann finished in tenth-place and advanced to sixth-place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings following race #4. He is 102 points behind leader Kevin Harvick and four points out of fifth-place.

In owner points, Michael Waltrip currently sits eighth, 102 from Delana Harvick.

-credit: mwr

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Drivers Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , David Reutimann