DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2007) -- David Reutimann and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine team head to Daytona, Fla. for Friday night racing following their eighth-place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway. The Aaron's team has notched...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2007) -- David Reutimann and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine team head to Daytona, Fla. for Friday night racing following their eighth-place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway. The Aaron's team has notched three top-10s in the last four races and heads to Reutimann's home track of Daytona International Speedway looking for the win.
"Daytona really puts the emphasis on working hard because it is back home, in front of family and friends, and people who have followed my racing career," Reutimann said, who grew up two hours from the track in Zephyrhills, Fla. "Additionally, my sponsor, Aaron's has a huge presence at the famed track. The continued support from everyone around me makes it extra important to me to have a solid finish. The Aaron's Machine has been in contention to win at Daytona several times in the past. I would like nothing more than to win the race this weekend."
Furthermore, Reutimann is awestruck whenever he arrives at the tunnel of the track as he remembers the history of the 2.5-mile oval.
"Daytona has such a rich history in our sport," Reutimann said. "I've been down to Daytona the last couple of years for the (NASCAR Craftsman) Truck Series and in February for the season opener, but driving through the tunnel of Daytona, knowing that I'm going to race on this historic track is huge for me.
The Florida native's experience at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) includes three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series starts, along with one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series entry in 2007.
"My best finish was ninth in the No. 17 Toyota Tundra on two (2006 and 2004) different occasions," Reutimann said, who finished 29th in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season opener at DIS. "We've always had a good car and led a lot of laps. However, something seems to happen at the end of the race that causes a less than desirable finish such as getting shuffled out of line. I've been competitive at Daytona and I feel pretty good about our chances this time around in the Aaron's Dream Machine."