REUTIMANN'S READY FOR DOUBLEHEADER THIS WEEKEND AT MILWAUKEE WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 19, 2006) -- David Reutimann prepares for a doubleheader weekend for a thirdweek in a row this timeat the Milwaukee Mile. Reutimann enters the one-mile oval ...
REUTIMANN'S READY FOR DOUBLEHEADER THIS WEEKEND AT MILWAUKEE
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 19, 2006) -- David Reutimann prepares for a doubleheader weekend for a thirdweek in a row this timeat the Milwaukee Mile. Reutimann enters the one-mile oval following an eighth-place finish in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race at Kentucky Speedway and a 15th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The finish at MIS was solid enough to advance the Florida native into second-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) driver's championship points standings.
"I think we'll be really good in both races this weekend at the Milwaukee Mile,"Reutimann said, who is 178 points from first-place in the NCTS standings. "Our No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota has been pretty strong these past few races, but we've just been a tick off and we know it. We're almost there and my guys have done an awesome job to put us in the position we are in now. We're in second-place in the points standings and we arefocused on being first."
Reutimann looks to score his best NCTS finish of the seasonbehind the wheel of the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota and also aims to build on his top-10 finish in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine this weekend at the Milwaukee Mile.
"We finished 15th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and it was really disappointing for us," Reutimann said, whose best NCTS finish of the season is third at Gateway International Raceway. "We were so much better and we had a top-five truck.Right after the race started, the motor felt flat. We had a plug wire fall offand we ended up going a couple laps down trying to access and correct the problem after going througha process of elimination.When we finally got back on the lead lap it was too late. We just ran out of time."
"During the NASCAR Busch Series race, Greg Biffle's car made contact with the Aaron's Dream Machine after onlycompleting 20 laps," Reutimann continued. "By Lap 100, we entered the top-10 and pretty much stayed there. We ran as high as fifth during the race and posted arespectable finish. We're definitely turning the corner. I'm thankful both teams allowed me torun both races. Michael Waltrip Racing madeit logistically possible to do it. I can't wait to get to Milwaukee to run both races again. The truck race is sponsored by Toyota and that's one that I wouldlike to really win."
Reutimann's best NCTS finish at the Milwaukee Mile is 23rd (6/24/05) and his best NASCAR Busch Series finish is fifth (6/29/03).
"Milwaukee is another track that I enjoy," said Reutimann. "The first time I raced a Busch car there, I finished fifth in the No. 87 car owned by Joe Nemechek. I hope to have another good run for all the people at Aaron's and Michael Waltrip Racing. Everyone has been great to work with and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to run some Busch races for them this season. I haven't had a whole lot of luck there in my Toyota Tundra, but I know we'll be strong. My guys are on their game and we want this championship. It's right in front of usnow and we're in a good place. We've just got to keep doing what we are doing."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 on Friday, June 23rd begins at 9 p.m. Eastern and will air on SPEED Channel. Live coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series AT&T 250 starts on Saturday, June 24th at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on FX. MRN Radio will broadcast both events.