Wednesday, October 28, 2009

David Reutimann Quotes on Talladega

Fan question of the week: Tammy ( asks, 'Now that you've been around a couple of years and proved yourself on the track, do you find more drivers are willing to draft with you at tracks like Talladega and Daytona?' "Yeah, it becomes a little easier the more you compete at these tracks. You find out which drivers will work with you the best and what to expect from others. It's tough though because that can change very quickly."

Do you actually base your game plan around the "big one"? "Not really. We've seen the 'big one' happen at the front and at the back of the pack. You just run your race and hope that you can avoid the trouble."

Do you plan who your "drafting partners" might be or do you figure it out during the race? "You have an idea of what drivers you can work with and you try to work with your teammates as well. But the best partners to draft with are always the ones behind you that can push the Aaron's Dream Machine to the front."

What's the most difficult thing about racing at Talladega? "Talladega is always tough because you can have a great car and drive to the front but still end up in the garage early. I'm not sure there is a proven method for tackling this track, but I'm confident if we have some luck swing our way then we can have a great finish in the Aaron's Dream Machine."

Your teammate Michael Waltrip has had a lot of success at superspeedways. Have you learned anything from him? "Michael is one of the best at these types of race tracks and he's a threat to win at Talladega every time we come here. Michael has been great at giving pointers on how to use the draft to your advantage and when to make passes effectively."

What are your expectations and goals for this weekend at Talladega? "Stay out of trouble and hope to escape the big one. If we can do that, then you never know."

2009 NSCS Points Standings: David Reutimann sits 16th, 156 points behind Kyle Busch in 13th place – the highest non-Chase driver.

Chassis Information: The No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine for this week is chassis No. 638. This Aaron's Dream Machine competed at Daytona in July.

Race Information: This weekend the Sprint Cup Series goes restrictor plate racing at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Nov. 1. Race coverage for the Amp Energy 500, begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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