Chicagoland: David Reutimann race report

Reutimann Steers the No. 10 Dollar General Toyota to a Top-10 Finish at Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Ill. (July 13, 2009) -- Last week Braun Racing announced that David Reutimann would be extending his driving commitment to include five races in...

Reutimann Steers the No. 10 Dollar General Toyota to a Top-10 Finish at Chicagoland Speedway

Joliet, Ill. (July 13, 2009) -- Last week Braun Racing announced that David Reutimann would be extending his driving commitment to include five races in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota and one in the No. 10 Dollar General Big Stage Sweepstakes Camry at Chicagoland Speedway. In his debut race with Dollar General, Reutimann pulled off an impressive eighth-place finish with the help of a strong race car and sound pit strategy.

Starting 13th for Friday night's Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, Reutimann knew he had a car capable of making its way to the front. From the drop of the green flag that signaled the start of the 200-lap race, Reutimann went to work. Within 10 laps, he had maneuvered his way up to the seventh position and was gaining ground on his competitors with every lap. Midway through the long, green-flag run, Reutimann reported to crew chief, Stewart Cooper, that his Camry's handling was on the tight side. Cooper told him to keep doing what he was doing and that they would make the necessary adjustments on their first pit stop. With no early caution, the leaders were forced to make their first round of pit stops under the green flag. Under Cooper's instruction, Reutimann hit pit pit road on lap 53 for service and adjustments. As the pit stops cycled through, the No. 10 returned to its previous place inside the top-10.

Reutimann maintained the eighth spot for the duration of the next run. When the caution was thrown on lap 92 for debris on the track, Cooper called his driver back to pit road for four tires, fuel and a minor air pressure adjustment. With another solid stop by the Dollar General crew, Reutimann again maintained the eighth position for the restart.

With his car's handling better than it had been all evening, Reutimann began moving through the field and by lap 126, was knocking on the door to the top-five. On lap 152, the leaders began making another round of pit stops under green-flag conditions. Reutimann followed suit two laps later, taking four tires, fuel and a minor chassis adjustment. Once the stops cycled through, Reutimann was running in the seventh position. He kept the No. 10 Dollar General Camry in the seventh spot until NASCAR threw the caution flag for debris with 15 laps to go in the event. The caution meant decision time for the No. 10 crew. After much discussion, Cooper and Reutimann decided that their best option was to come to pit road for four fresh tires. Expecting a majority of the leaders to pit, the two felt that having fresh tires could only benefit them.

With nine laps to go, Reutimann restarted from the eighth position. For the final laps, Reutimann battled his way to the checkers, holding off all threats from his competitors. As the dust settled, he brought the No. 10 Dollar General Toyota home with an eighth-place finish.

Reutimann will make his Braun Racing debut in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota at O'Reilly Raceway Park on July 25, 2009. He will make four additional starts in the No. 32 Camry at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, Richmond International Raceway and Dover International Speedway in September and Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Gateway International Raceway next weekend for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 presented by Ventrilo. The Saturday night race will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2 and on MRN Radio starting at 9:00 p.m. EST. The green flag is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Reutimann