BUSCH: Atlanta: David Reutimann preview

Reutimann Heads Towards Sponsor's Headquarters Expecting Results In Nascar Busch Series Fifth Race of Season ATLANTA (March 12, 2007) -- In the past, David Reutimann hasdelivered strong finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman...

Reutimann Heads Towards Sponsor's Headquarters Expecting Results In Nascar Busch Series Fifth Race of Season

ATLANTA (March 12, 2007) -- In the past, David Reutimann hasdelivered strong finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. This weekend Reutimann expects nothing less in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry NASCAR Busch Series entry fielded by Michael Waltrip Racing since his primary sponsor is headquartered in Atlanta.

"Aaron's is in close proximity to Atlanta Motor Speedway," Reutimann said. "It is a racetrack that they like and it is one that I enjoy racing at too. We are putting our finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway behind us and shifting our focus to this weekend. I know my crew chief (Jerry Baxter) will bring a good car. I feel like we will run strong there and it is one of my favorite racetracks."

Reutimann has not raced a NASCAR Busch Series entry at the 1.54-mile quad-oval, but his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results are respectable. In five starts behind the wheel of the No. 17 Toyota Tundra, Reutimann recorded one pole award, three top-five and three top-10 finishes. It was Reutimann's first of six career poles in the division, which occurred in his second career start. It was also Toyota's first pole as a manufacturer in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"I have had a lot of success at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a truck," Reutimann said. "Obviously, a Craftsman truck and a Busch car are two totally different animals. Sometimes when you like a racetrack, it doesn't matter what Series you are racing in as long as you get to race there. Atlanta is a type of track where you can run at the top or at the bottom. We have had success there and hopefully we can carry it over to both sides of the fence. I would love to leave Atlanta with a good finish in both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series."

Looking to recover from a wiring issue with his ignition box last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Reutimann aims to return to the top-10 in the points standings and he has the team to do it.

"Jerry (Baxter) and the guys have done a great job of preparing cars each week," Reutimann said, who was relegated to a 31st-place finish in the most recent NASCAR Busch Series event. "We just had some bad luck last weekend. Our goal this week is to regain a top-10 position in the points standings."

Before participating in track activities on Friday, Reutimann will take a detour to Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership's headquarters and also visit an Aaron's store in Gainesville, Ga.

"On Thursday, we are driving to Gainesville for an Aaron's store appearance and we are stopping by headquarters along the way," Reutimann said. "Aaron's is such a huge supporter of our team and we really enjoy spending time with everyone. They have welcomed me into their NASCAR Busch Series program with open arms and I'm having a great time working with them."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing