Tuesday, August 11, 2009


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 10, 2009) – David Reutimann arrived in Watkins Glen 121 points out of 12th place in the points standings and in need of a solid finish to keep from falling too far behind with only a handful of races before the cutoff for the Chase. While Monday’s “Heluva Good! at The Glen” might not have gone as well as he hoped, Reutimann’s 25th-place finish was enough to keep him within striking distance of the top 12 in points.

To prepare for the second road course on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup schedule David Reutimann spent a lot of time training with road-course specialists and teammates Patrick Carpentier and Marcos Ambrose. “The more practice you get the better prepared you become,” said Reutimann. “Basically, each additional lap I make at a road course the more I learn about how I should drive these tracks.”

Starting 25th, Reutimann struggled with a loose Aaron’s Dream Machine, but crew chief Rodney Childers and the Aaron’s crew went to work on Reutimann’s first pit stop on lap 17. The No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine got four new tires and an air pressure adjustment to help the handling.

When the second caution came out on lap 23 Childers opted to keep his driver on the track. Knowing that passing is difficult at Watkins Glen, this pit strategy would work in their favor, pushing Reutimann up to 16th.

On lap 63, NASCAR threw a red flag, stopping the race action to clean up the debris from a horrific accident involving Sam Hornish, Jeff Gordon, and Jeff Burton. When the race restarted Reutimann was in 17th.

During the late stages of the race Reutimann fell back into the 29th position after getting a bump from the No. 08 of Boris Said, but was able to battle back to finish 25th.

“It’s a little disappointing,” said Reutimann. “I was hoping to gain some ground on the Chase contenders and it looked like that might happen, but we did the best with the car we had at the end. We’ll regroup and I know Rodney and the guys will give me a great Aaron’s Dream Machine for Michigan next week.”

After Monday’s 25th-place finish, Reutimann maintained his 16th position in the driver’s points. With four races left before the Chase, he’s only 155 points behind 12th place Matt Kenseth.

Tony Stewart held off Reutimann’s teammate Marcos Ambrose to pick up the win. Rounding out the top five were Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle.

Next week the Sprint Cup series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the Carfax 400 on Sunday, August 16. ESPN will provide television coverage beginning at 1 p.m.

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