REUTIMANN AND THE AARON'S DREAM MACHINE SCORE SECOND TOP-FIVE FINISH OF THE SEASON MADISON, IL. (July 22, 2007) -- While battling up front all night, Reutimann and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry came just short of a dream...
REUTIMANN AND THE AARON'S DREAM MACHINE SCORE SECOND TOP-FIVE FINISH OF THE SEASON
MADISON, IL. (July 22, 2007) -- While battling up front all night, Reutimann and the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry came just short of a dream weekend posting a third-place finish in the NASCAR Busch Series event at Gateway International Raceway. Reutimann advanced to second in the driver standings after collecting his second top-five finish of the season.
In addition to numerous media activities, Reutimann started the weekend off taking part in an autograph session for hundreds of fans at the 1.25-mile oval. As the evening progressed, Reutimann posted the seventh fastest time in first practice and topped the leaderboard in final practice. The luck would continue on Saturday, as the Dream Team qualified and started the 200-lap event in eighth-place.
"The Aaron's Dream Machine was fast right off the truck," said Reutimann. "I sat on the provisional pole for some time, but didn't want to get my hopes up. I was happy with starting eighth and knew we could run up front throughout the race."
As the green flag waved, Reutimann wasted no time snatching a top-five position on Lap 13 by overtaking fifth-place. Reutimann took the lead on Lap 68 during green-flag pit stops. One lap later, Reutimann drove his Toyota Camry to pit lane for four tires, fuel and minor adjustments.
As pit stops cycled out on lap 85, the fifth-place car of David Reutimann radioed to his crew chief, Jerry Baxter that the brakes were too hot on his No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine. Reutimann would battle with that issue throughout the remainder of the race.
Throughout a series of cautions and pit stops, Reutimann remained in the top-five for the second-half of the 200-lap event. With a speedy restart on Lap 137, Reutimann charged to make the pass on Bodine to regain the lead. On Lap 151, Reed Sorenson challenged Reutimann for the lead and was able to complete the pass. While trying to overcome brake issues, Reutimann slid to third-place where he would go on to finish.
"It feels really good to run like we did," Reutimann said. "I keep working for that win for Aaron's and my team. Overall, this is the way we are capable of running every week. We'll have some momentum heading into ORP (O'Reilly Raceway Park) next weekend. Gateway is still one of my favorite tracks on the circuit, but I look forward to the busy weekend of Indy. Hopefully, we can have a solid run there like we did today."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series race at the O'Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday, July 28th begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.