Thursday, July 30, 2009

David Reutimann - Pennsylvania 500 Preview

Confidence heading into Pocono:
"I have confidence that we should run well this weekend. We ran in the top ten at Pocono all day long a couple of months ago and Rodney made a great call, which helped us grab three or four more spots. So, it's a combination in having confidence in the Aaron's Dream Machine and my team to make awesome calls throughout the day."

Mindset of a driver at a track like Pocono where fuel mileage is often an issue:

"You always know which tracks are more prone to becoming fuel mileage races but your plan stays the same, so basically you just run your race. Eventually, if it comes down to fuel mileage, Rodney will let me know and we'll do the best we can. I don't focus on that, I put trust in Rodney and the other Aaron's team members to figure out when we should pit and how much fuel it will take to cross the checkered flag."

Whether you think about the other guys "on the bubble" during the race:

"I'm definitely racing the other guys each week because their usually the ones up front, so I kind of have to. I try not to worry about it though and just focus on each spot ahead of me during the race."

In the past an 8th place finish at Indy would have been cause for a huge celebration. But now, while you acknowledged it as a good overall day you don't seem content with top-ten finishes. Describe the change in perspective from last year:

"Well, a top-ten is good but you don't get remembered for top-tens - you get remembered for wins and championships. I know we're capable of running up front each weekend, so even though we can smile about a solid top-ten we aim for something better."

Goals for this weekend at Pocono:

We made small gains last week at Indy, so we look to do the same this weekend. Another solid top-ten puts the pressure on the others around me and you never know – if a few other guys have bad luck and we're right there."

2009 NSCS Points Standings: David Reutimann is currently in 13th, 68 points behind 12th place.

Chassis Information: The No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine for Pocono Raceway is chassis No. 628 - this chassis has competed in five races in 2009 and has recorded three top-tens, including a 3rd here at Pocono and a 4th at Loudon in June.

Race Information: Watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in action on Sunday, August 2 in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Race coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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