REUTIMANN TO RUN MORE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACES FOR AARON'S AND MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 17, 2006) - Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership and Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that David Reutimann will compete in six...
REUTIMANN TO RUN MORE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACES FOR AARON'S AND MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 17, 2006) - Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership and Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that David Reutimann will compete in six more NASCAR Busch Series races in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine beginning with Bristol Motor Speedway next week. Reutimann, who is in a heated battle for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship, couldn't be happier with Michael Waltrip Racing's decision.
"I enjoy the Busch races and this gives me a head start for next season," Reutimann said. "We knew at the beginning of the season that I was going to run some Busch races for Michael, but we didn't know how many. I had the opportunity to run some races as the season progressed and then Michael announced that I was going to drive his car in the Busch Series next season. That opened some doors."
"I think having David in the Dream Machine for our remaining races is great," Ken Butler, President of Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership stated. "He did an excellent job with the three top-10's and has proven to be quite the competitor. Aaron's fully supports his chase for the truck series championship and hopes his time behind the wheel of the No. 99 will help him achieve that goal. It would be exciting to have the reigning truck champion in our car for 2007."
The three top-10s in a row at Nashville Superspeedway, Kentucky Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile helped seal Reutimann's fate to run the majority of the remaining NASCAR Busch Series races according to Michael Waltrip.
"David's done a really good job for us and because of that we are adding more races to his schedule," Waltrip stated. "Not only is he a great driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and is running for the championship, but he's proven in a short period of time that he's a solid Busch driver too."
In addition to competing in the Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR Busch Series event, Reutimann will race at California Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Waltrip will return to the No. 99 Cottman Transmission car at Dover International Speedway and then race the No. 99 Family Dollar car at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the No. 99 Jani-King car at Phoenix International Raceway. A third driver, 21-year-old Joey Miller will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine at Memphis Motorsports Park in October.
"I'd run all the Busch races if I could," Reutimann stated. "I've always wanted to race a Busch car at Bristol. I've only raced a truck there. I did go up to Bristol one time with Michael and made about 8 to 10 laps in my rookie year while he was testing one day. That's the extent of my experience in a Busch car at Bristol."
Reutimann collected Michael Waltrip Racing's best NASCAR Busch Series finish this season with his sixth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway, the track where he also scored his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory. Reutimann aims for the team's first top-five finish of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway next week.
"Last year, we got the pole at Bristol for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and thought we'd run really well," Reutimann said. "That race was a huge disappointment because we had a power steering pump go bad. We were really good in practice and we busted off a good lap in qualifying. We couldn't do much of anything after we had that problem. We were forced to come in and fix it. We lost a lot of laps and we went back out and just tried to stay out of the way. We never found out how good we could be at that place."