Reutimann To Attempt NCTS, NBS Michigan-Kentucky Doubleheader
David Reutimann registered Michael Waltrip Racing's and his best NASCAR Busch Series finish this season in No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine with a sixth-place performance at Nashville Superspeedway June 10.
"All in all, it was a pretty good finish for us," Reutimann said. "We were pretty good in practice, but we didn't qualify that great. Once the race started, we stayed consistent. We kept bringing in the Aaron's Dream Machine to work on it. We were good on the long runs. Fortunately, there were a few of those that enabled us to make up some ground."
On Lap 214, Reutimann surpassed 18-time series winner Greg Biffle for sixth-place and went on to gain two positions in the NASCAR Busch Series owner's championship points standings for Michael Waltrip Racing.
"With 10 to go we were sixth and we just ran out of time," Reutimann said. "I think if we would've had a few more laps, we could have passed the No. 11 car for fifth-place. It was a good run for Aaron's and it moved the team up to 18th in the owner's standings. I'm looking forward to running some more Busch races. I wish I could run in the Series every week on top of racing my No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota."
There's no rest for Reutimann as he travels to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the Con-way Freight 200. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular would like to pull double duty again this weekend, but the schedule is not in his favor.
"The logistics of it all is mind boggling," he said. "Everything has to go according to plan and has to be choreographed to make this deal happen. Right after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, I'll get out of the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing Toyota and beeline it to a helicopter to get on the team plane to fly to Kentucky and then jump on another helicopter to the track when I arrive. There can't be any hiccups. It has to be seamless and it's a tall order. I'm so impressed that Michael Waltrip Racing is willing to do all that just so that I can go drive the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine. A lot of people are working hard to make this happen and I'm pretty overwhelmed by it taking place. It's really cool that they are doing this. I really don't know what to say.
"I love Kentucky Speedway. It's one of my most favorite tracks. We ran third there last year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and we had the truck to beat, but had a little hiccup in the pits. I also had a good run going there in the NASCAR Busch Series until I had a motor failure."
Reutimann enters Michigan coming off of a fourth-place finish in the most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Currently third in the championship points standings and 115 points behind leader Todd Bodine, Reutimann looks to add a victory to his two Bud Pole Awards, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
"We're in a really good position entering Michigan," Reutimann exclaimed, who finished eighth at Michigan last year. "I'm looking forward to going there because it is a multi-groove place where you can run on the top or the bottom. We had a good run there last year and finished in the top-10. We learned a lot and I think it's going to be another good place for us."
Should Reutimann be unable to make the "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo," Waltrip will drive the No. 99 machine in the race.
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