Tuesday, September 15, 2009

David Reutimann New Hampshire Preview

Twitter question of the week: @redman0673 asks, 'Now that the Chase has begun do you begin to prepare for next year by testing different things, or do you go all out for 13th place?'
"Nothing really changes, besides we don't have the stress of making the Chase. Our goals haven't shifted too much - trying to run as well as possible in these last few races, but now we must work towards 2010 by making our Aarons Dream Machine run as well as possible each weekend. We definitely would like to finish in 13th but winning a race or two before the season is over would be even better."

Is it a relief now that the pressure to make the Chase is over?
"We're disappointed in not making the Chase, especially when we consider that one race had the biggest impact on that outcome. The pressure is immense when trying to fight your way into the Chase, so you do feel relief once it's over. Now that it's over we have no pressure on our back - we can go out and focus on one thing and that's winning the races."

Your last race at Loudon, you had a great car and ran in the top 10 for most of the day. Is there anything you can take from that run to help you this weekend?
"(Smiling) Yeah, I know who to watch out for on the track and stay away from. Honestly, we did run very well there in the fall and we would have finished top-10 either way, however Rodney made an excellent call that moved the Aaron's Dream Machine up a few spots for a top-five."

Your past finishes in the Sprint Cup at Loudon are 38, 26, 19, 15, and 4. Since you seem to be getting better each trip can we just mark you down for a win this weekend?
"I'm hoping that's the case. The Aaron's Dream Machine did look good in victory circle. I feel like that's a common situation for me at most tracks - the more your race on them, the better you get and the finishes should reflect that."

Goals for this weekend at Loudon?
"I guess to improve on 4th. Seriously, we're working on our momentum and to end the season as strong as possible."

2009 NSCS Points Standings:
Reutimann is currently in 16th, 147 points behind Kyle Busch in 13th place - the highest non-Chase driver.

Chassis Information:
The No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine for Loudon is chassis No. 628 - this Aaron's Dream Machine has seen plenty of action this year and has run well everywhere it's been raced, including Martinsville, Phoenix, Richmond, Pocono (twice) and the last race at Loudon. In those races, it's collected two top-fives and three top-tens.

Race Information:
Watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 20. Race coverage for the Sylvania 300begins at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

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