Thursday, October 22, 2009

David Reutimann Martinsville/Memphis Preview

Fan question of the week: Teema from Prince Edward Island, Canada asks, 'Where does Martinsville rate in your pick of short tracks and how do you think your short track program is going?' "All of the short tracks on the NASCAR schedule are tough but Martinsville ranks right up there at the top. I think we have a good short track program and we've raced well at almost all of them this year. Of course, we've have some bad luck in a few, so our results haven't shown how well we've preformed."

What was it like to race as sick as you were last week and are you feeling better? "After some rest and plenty of fluids, I feel much better. It didn't bother me while we were under green - you just don't focus on anything else except what’s happening on the track. Under caution is when it really hit me and I remembered how bad I was feeling. It was a tough night; one that I'm glad is over."

With Memphis and Martinsville on your schedule this weekend, what's it like to have to go back and forth between two cities, two different tracks and two different cars? "I've kind of grown accustom to doing it, since this will be our third year traveling to Memphis from another track. Everyone at MWR does a great job of getting everything set up, so all I have to do is jump on the helicopter and plane to get there on time. Trevor Bayne is going to be practicing and qualifying the No. 99 and I have faith that Trevor will have the Aaron's Dream Machine in great shape and ready to race."

You've had a lot of success at Memphis, averaging a top-5 over three races there plus a win. What do you like or what suits you about racing at that track? "I love racing at Memphis. For some reason, that track just forms to my driving style perfectly. I've had some awesome runs at Memphis, including my first Nationwide pole and win."

What's the challenge of racing at Martinsville and how is it different from other short tracks? "First of all it's the only track we compete on that's shaped like a paper-clip and has such sharp corners with little banking. Plus, it's not a very easy place to pass, so tempers can get a little testy. It's just a tough track all around."

What are your expectations and goals for this weekend at Martinsville? "My goal is to keep the fenders intact and stay out of trouble for 500 laps. We're not that far out of 13th, so we need to have some strong finishes in these last few races in the Aaron's Dream Machine."

2009 NSCS Points Standings: David Reutimann sits 16th, 130 points behind Matt Kenseth in 13th place.

Chassis Information: The No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine for this week is chassis No. 628. This Aaron's Dream Machine has run several races this year and scored several top finishes including an 8th at Phoenix, a 3rd at Pocono, and a 4th at Loudon. It was also used in the last Martinsville race where Reutimann was in the top-10 all day before a late-race accident.

Race Information: This weekend catch David Reutimann in both Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series action. On Saturday, Oct. 24 Reutimann will race the No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine at Memphis Motorsports Park. Television coverage for the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 will be provided by ESPN2 beginning at 3 p.m. Then he’ll climb into the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 25. Race coverage for the Tums Fast Relief 500 begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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