REUTIMANN COLLECTS TOP-10 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FORT WORTH, Texas (April 15, 2007) -- David Reutimann and his Michael Waltrip Racing team rallied together to deliver another strong finish with the No. 99 Aaron's...
REUTIMANN COLLECTS TOP-10 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 15, 2007) -- David Reutimann and his Michael Waltrip Racing team rallied together to deliver another strong finish with the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry by posting a sixth-place finish in the NASCAR Busch Series event on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
"Last week, we finished second and this week we finished sixth," said Reutimann, who is currently fifth (463 points out of first andv0 points out of second) in the NASCAR Busch Series driver standings after eight races this season. "If we had not had an issue with my water bag, we may have finished in the top-five. The team had to drop the window net on our first pit stop to move it. That cost us valuable track position, but we were able to battle back for a top-10 finish."
After starting the 200-lap event in seventh-place, Reutimann radioed to crew chief Jerry Baxter on Lap 6 that he could not turn the wheel.
"My arm was hitting the water bag and I couldn't turn the wheel like I needed to," Reutimann said. "I was not able to get a good feel for what the car was doing because of that."
Entering pit road on Lap 56 under caution while in eighth-place, Reutimann told his crew to reposition the water bag. While changing four tires and making a track bar adjustment, the Aaron's Dream Machine team had to drop the window net to remedy the issue. The stop proved to be costly as Reutimann left pit road in 22nd-place.
On Lap 89, Reutimann moved into the top-15. On Lap 122, Reutimann reentered the top-10. Before pitting on Lap 126, Reutimann was shown in fourth-place.
"The Aaron's Dream Machine was too tight at that point," Reutimann said. "The guys put on four tires and made adjustments to help handling."
Reutimann restarted fourth on Lap 129 and maintained a top-five run until making a routine pit stops3 laps later. The No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine restarted sixth on Lap 165. Reutimann protected his position and went on to collect his second top-10 finish this season.
"It's a little disappointing that we finished outside the top-five," Reutimann said. "We were so close. I'm just so proud of my team and how they have been working so hard on this program. We're running up front and our confidence is up now. We're setting our bar high and we know we can deliver. We just need to keep the ball rolling in the right direction and continue to build our momentum. If we can do that, a win is around the corner for us."
Next on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule is Phoenix International Raceway. Reutimann's car sponsor for the race is Best Western, but Aaron's will return to the No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry entry for the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Reutimann is confident he will excel in the next two events. J "Back in the day, I racedat tracks that were unique like Phoenix International Raceway and that's where I excelled," Reutimann said. "Because the track is oddly shaped, it's a favorite of mine. This will be my first time running a Busch car there, but I have three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts and my best finish is seventh. After Phoenix, we have the Talladega Busch race and it is sponsored by Aaron's. That race is huge for our team. You always want to perform for your sponsor, but when they are the title sponsor of the race, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to win."
Although Reutimann has not raced a NASCAR Busch Series entry at Talladega Superspeedway, he finished sixth while driving the No. 17 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event last season during his firstrace at the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
"Racing at Talladega Superspeedway in a truck wasthe most fun I had in a long time," Reutimann said. "I can't wait to go back thereto run the Aaron's Dream Machine in the Aaron's 312. Aaron's has a lot of promotions surrounding that race and it's a big weekend for them. We will be running a special paint scheme on ourBusch car that you will hear about later this week. We want to win that race for Aaron's, all of their employees and fans of the program."