To the Point: After being close several times, David Reutimann finally found victory lane with his victory in Saturday’s Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Speedway. Reutimann wasn’t the strongest truck all race, but he was close. He never seemed to let the leader get too far out of sight and fought all the way to the checkered flag. A crash on lap 38, when Reutimann was pitting, could have ruined his day; however, he made it to the start/finish line before the leader did and was able to stay on the lead lap.
Who Should Have Won: Reutimann was deserving of this victory as he was there all day on the leaders’ tail and ready to capitalize on any mistake, but Mike Skinner should have been celebrating in victory lane. Skinner won the pole and was strong all race long, leading the most laps. But once again, bad luck struck the No. 5 team when Skinner and Reutimann got into oil from the No. 13 of Tracy Hines with a handful of laps to go and both trucks got loose. Skinner got the worst of it when his truck brushed the outside wall. While there didn’t seem to be any visible damage, Skinner’s truck didn’t seem to be the same. When the race restarted with three to go after the final caution, Reutimann was able to hang tightly behind Skinner and make his move around him with just two laps to go. After losing the lead, Skinner had to not only fight a suddenly ill-handling truck, but also the trucks of Ted Musgrave, Bill Lester and Todd Bodine. After being so close to victory he could smell it, once again, Skinner and his Bill Davis Racing team had to settle for a fourth place finish.
Question You Should Be Asking After the Race Weekend:
Have we given Dennis Setzer the championship trophy too soon? Setzer has been on quite a roll recently and after dominating IRP one week ago, he was up 227 points over second place Musgrave. However, on Saturday, Musgrave’s second place finish and Setzer’s 14th place finish, the lead is now 178. I just goes to show it’s never over till its over – and Musgrave isn’t ready to give up yet.
Worth Noting/Points Shuffle:
Reuitmann’s victory on Saturday was the first car owner victory for Darrell Waltrip since 1997.
Dennis Setzer still holds the points lead over Ted Musgrave and Bobby Hamilton, but his lead over second has slipped some to 178 points.
With his six top-10 and third top-five finish in the last six races, Todd Kluever continues to hold the lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings and is up one spot to 13th in the point standings.
Mike Skinner made the biggest jump in the standings, up three to eighth after his fourth place finish Saturday.
Terry Cook took the biggest hit, falling four spots to 11th, just four points out of the top-ten.
Although Chevrolet swept spots 11 through 14, not a single Chevy finished in the top-ten, ending Chevrolet’s 257-race streak of top-10 finishes. The streak dates back to the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 5, 1995.
There were nine caution flags for 35 laps.
There were nine lead changes among five leaders.
“I kept thinking don’t do anything stupid during the race. I prayed so hard down the front straightaway and then down the back straightaway. I didn’t want to screw this one up. We’ve been so close these past few races. It was a long time coming. I feel 500 pounds lighter after this win." —David Reutimann
“I told him if he wins a race this year I’d get him a Rolex. I was just going to get him a cheap one but since he won here in Nashville, I’m going to get him a nice one.” –Darryl Waltrip, Reutimann’s truck owner.
Next Up: The Craftsman Truck Series takes another weekend off before heading to Bristol Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline. This time, the trucks hit the track to give fans some mid-week excitement with their 200 lap race scheduled to run Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. EST, with live coverage on SPEED. Carl Edwards was last year’s winner.
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