CONCORD, NC (April 28, 2004) -- Before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series gets into full swing, David Reutimann is keeping busy in other arenas prior to journeying to the Buckeye State for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the .44-mile ...
CONCORD, NC (April 28, 2004) -- Before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series gets into full swing, David Reutimann is keeping busy in other arenas prior to journeying to the Buckeye State for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the .44-mile Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway oval. Reutimann's agenda encompasses a Busch race at California Speedway in the No. 87 car, a first pitch at a CharlotteKnights game and testing at Chicagoland Speedway with his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team.
"I had some time off to visitfamily and friends in Florida this past week because we are about to get into the heat of the season where we are racing the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota every week," said Reutimann. "Between racing in the Busch race for NEMCO, testing the No. 17 NTN Bearings at Chicagoland and running the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Mansfield in the next few weeks, my plate is full and I wouldn't have it any other way. Speaking of plates, I have to make the plate at a Charlotte Knights game when I throw out the first pitch so I'm not booed. I can bring my own catcher.I'm bringing local talent, Justin Thompson, who is the catcher at Northwest Cabarrus High School. It should be a fun time for both of us."
Reutimann's target for this weekend's 150-Lap event at the two-mile D-shaped California Speedway oval is to topple his best career Busch Series finish of fifth, which occurred at Nashville Superspeedway last season. In 2003, Reutimann finished 11th in No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports entry after starting fourth at California.
"California is a handling track and you need a lot of motor," said Reutimann. "It's a track where we had success at last year with the No. 87 Busch car. We had a good starting position, a solid run and we finished one spot outside the Top-10. It was the first time I had raced there and I learned a lot last year that will help me this weekend. I will also be able to learn some things from thisracethat I can carry forth when I race the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota at California in October."
As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race schedule thickens in June with back-to-back racing, Reutimann prepares to maintain his impressive credentials he collected in a short period of time. Occupyingfourth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings after garnering one Bud Pole Award, one Top-5 and three Top-10s in three starts, what more could a sly Raybestos Rookie ask for other than a win in the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota.
"We've only run threeNASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races out of 25slated this year and in thoseevents this Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team was consistent," said Reutimann, who is only 31 points out of first-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. "Once we get into the bulk of the season, I think we aregoing to have a really good showing.We've got the teamin place and theyare working long hours to make sure we'll be ready. It's an incredible feeling to be in a situation where you have the best people and equipment, thatmakes you feel like you are capable of winning each week."
Reutimann will handle the No. 87 driving chores in the 1-800-Pit-Shop.com 300 Busch Series event at California Speedway on Saturday, May 1, 2004, at 4 p.m. The 150-Lap event is live on FOX and MRN Radio.
Reutimann and his No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra are back in action at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The 250-Lap event will be the fourth of 25 NCTS events telecast live on the Speed Channel this season. MRN Radio will also broadcast the entire NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule.