MEMPHIS, TN (October 28, 2007) -- David Reutimann scored his first career NASCAR Busch Series win in dominating fashion at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday. Reutimann led 194 of 253 laps of the Sam's Town 250. "It feels like a dream," said...
MEMPHIS, TN (October 28, 2007) -- David Reutimann scored his first career NASCAR Busch Series win in dominating fashion at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday. Reutimann led 194 of 253 laps of the Sam's Town 250.
"It feels like a dream," said Reutimann, who is second in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings. "We've been trying so hard and we've been so close so many times. Today we were finally able to put all of the pieces together and then finish this thing. The Aaron's Dream Machine was fantastic."
Despite brushing the wall on his first qualifying lap, Reutimann posted a time of 22.933 seconds and secured the second-place starting spot for the Sam's Town 250. The start marked a career high for Reutimann in the NBS. However, records show that in 2003 Reutimann scored his first Pole Award at Memphis Motorsports Park. Reutimann was only qualifying for Greg Biffle and never started the event. This makes Memphis Motorsports Park a place of firsts for Reutimann.
When the green flag waved, Reutimann wasted no time to pass Marcos Ambrose for the lead. The No 99. Aaron's Dream Machine continued to lead throughout the first 100 Laps and numerous cautions. When the caution flag waved for the 14th time on Lap 118, Reutimann entered pit road for four tires, minor adjustments and fuel. On the restart, Reutimann was marked as 12th, the lowest of the night, while ten cars in front of him stayed out. Within no time, Reutimann worked his way up to the front.
During the second half of the 250 lap event, Reutimann continued to lead the field and avoid several cautions. While holding off Mike Bliss with 5 laps to go, the 25th caution flag waved bring out a green-white-checkered scenario. On the restart, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver continued to hold off Bliss, earning his first NBS victory.
"Mike (Bliss) ran me clean there on the last restart," said Reutimann. "I know there were a great deal of yellow today, but everyone that I raced did it clean. That means a lot. Toyota has done a great job all year long. We've had great horsepower and great motors from TRD (Toyota Racing Development) since the start of the season. It's one of those deals where it is good for Michael Waltrip Racing because we were able to give them their first win on the race track. I'm proud of my guys, our pit stops were great. Aaron's has been such a great sponsor and they really get what racing is about. I'm glad that we are able to represent them the way they should be represented."