DAVID REUTIMANN PREPARES FORSHORT-TRACK RACING AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 21, 2007) -- David Reutimann and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team prepares for their first short-track race of the season at Bristol...
DAVID REUTIMANN PREPARES FORSHORT-TRACK RACING AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 21, 2007) -- David Reutimann and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team prepares for their first short-track race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. This will be Reutimann's second time racing in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine at the .533-mile oval in the Sharpie MINI 300.
"Bristol is an amazing race track," said Reutimann. "I have top-10 finishes in both the NASCAR Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series there. Also, in 2005, I started on the pole for the truck race."
Last season, Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine team finished ninth after starting 33rd with Reutimann behind the wheel.
"Last year, we did not qualify liked we had hoped," Reutimann said. "Jerry Baxter (crew chief) and the guys kept working on it and we ended up having a really good car. We were able to come from the back and finish in the top-10, which is not easy to do at Bristol."
Baxter, who contributed to Michael Waltrip's 2003 Aaron's victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, hopes to repeat that finish this weekend as crew chief.
"There are only a couple of tracks on the schedule that everyone wants to win at and Bristol is one of them," Baxter said. "I think it is the best race on the circuit because it has a great deal of action and strategy."
Due to this great deal of action, spotting is key at this legendary track.
"Things happen a lot quicker at Bristol," said Shawn Reutimann, who is the full-time spotter for David Reutimann. "It takes about 14 to 15 seconds to get around the whole race track. There can be a crash in Turn 3 while your driver is coming out of Turn 2 and get caught up in the accident in a matter of seconds."
Reutimann's spotter knows there will be a lot of challenges.
"My biggest challenge as a spotter at Bristol will be trying to watch ahead of David and clear him when passing cars," continued Reutimann. "At Bristol, a spotter can clear his driver and then all of the sudden a car can be underneath him again. My focus will be ahead of David about a half a straightaway, watching for wrecks."
A few lucky fans will be able to meet Reutimann and then see the race up close courtesy of Aaron's.
"Aaron's does a great promotion each year where fans can win a trip to Bristol Motor Speedway to watch the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in the most comfortable seats in the house called the Aaron's Dreamseats," Reutimann said. "They are literally embroidered recliners provided by Aaron's that the winners are able to kick back and watch the race in. It's like being in the comfort of your own home."