Tag Archives: David Reutimann

Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

For the second time in the past five races, Juan Pablo Montoya qualified his Texaco Havoline Dodge on the outside of the front row; but this time, more than a few eyebrows were raised. While qualifying second at Indy was impressive, the Colombian had made huge strides towards conquering his hardest challenge to date; transitioning to stock cars on tracks less than a mile long. For the first 200 laps, it looked as if the former road course ringer had figured out his short track game, never falling out of the top 10. However, as the race wore on into the night, the No. 42 Dodge slowly faded, eventually finishing 17th. Still, the Sharpie 500 marked the 11th time in 2007 that Montoya finished as the race's top finishing rookie, continuing to lead this year's freshman class in that category.

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Beyond The Cockpit: David Reutimann at the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

David Reutimann knows all too well what it feels like to be on a roller coaster. The first-year driver from Michael Waltrip Racing has experienced the ups and downs of Nextel Cup racing harder than most everyone this year, going through the nerve-wracking procedure each Friday of attempting to qualify for races on time... not provisionals. When Reutimann HAS cracked the starting field, he's had to deal with the gremlins of mechanical failure and rookie mistakes, all of which have taken their toll on a new Toyota team working hard to catch up to the rest of the pack. But having made six consecutive races on speed (PJ Jones drove the No. 00 at Watkins Glen), it's clear the Burger King Camry is heading in the right direction - and a lot of that has to do with the way one of NASCAR's brightest future talents has conducted himself behind the wheel.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

Unless you're a glutton for punishment, Kurt Busch, or one of Kurt Busch's fans (yes - he actually does have some), then you probably found Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono a real snoozefest. Busch started from second position, alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr., but didn't stay there long; he made a mockery out of the race, leading 175 laps en route to his first win of the year and a spot inside the top 12 in points. Unlike recent weeks, there weren't any potential Chasers that ran into major trouble on Sunday; the 14 main contenders all finished in the top 17 positions, making the race for the Chase more competitive than ever with just five races remaining.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

After qualifying his Dodge Charger on the outside of row four for Sunday's race, it appeared that Juan Pablo Montoya was poised to have another strong run following his second-place finish at Indianapolis. In fact, Montoya did look strong throughout the first quarter of the race, remaining in or just outside of the top 10. But as the race wore on, so did Montoya's attention span, as at one point he made a remark about how long the race was. Struggling to keep his No. 42 machine on the bottom, the Rookie of the Year points leader began to fade, and he eventually wound up 16th in the final running order. Still, it was Montoya's 10th top finishing rookie honor in the 2007 season - leading all first-year drivers in that category.

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Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Brickyard 400 Edition

*Rookies in the Starting Lineup*: Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd), Paul Menard (28th), David Ragan (30th), David Reutimann (34th). *Unofficial Finishing Positions*: Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd), David Ragan (16th), Paul Menard (20th), David Reutimann (38th). *Rookie of the Race*: Juan Pablo Montoya. When Montoya qualified his Texaco Havoline Dodge on the outside of the front row for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, he accomplished more than simply securing his best career starting spot. Making his first start in a stock car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Montoya made history before the race even began - he's now the first driver in the famed race track's history to start in all three major series to run there (Indy Racing League, Formula One, and NASCAR). His experience showed on Sunday, as the No. 42 car was a mainstay in the Top 5 for much of the event; the car was strongest late in the race, and Montoya wound up battling Kevin Harvick in the latter stages to come home in second place. It was the ninth time in 2007 that the former open wheel star finished as the race's top performing rookie.

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Midterm Report Card

Now that the Pepsi 400 is in the record books, the 2007 Nextel Cup Series officially enters the second half of its racing season. While that means much welcomed visits to familiar tracks for this year's rookie class, there's still one major obstacle they have yet to endure before moving forward - Professor Lumbis' dreaded midterm grades. My evaluation isn't exactly on the top of their list of concerns; however, it would not be a bad idea for each of these drivers to analyze the first half of their season, learning whatever lessons they can to help make the remaining months as successful as humanly possible.

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

Ragan carried the Roush Fenway flag at the end of the Daytona 500, surviving the "Big One" on the final lap to score a top-five finish; in that race, he bested his nearest teammate by 18 positions. Five months later, the "Roushketeers" turned in a much better performance this past weekend, leaving Ragan as the final car in the stable to cross the finish line; but that's still not a bad thing when that final position is 12th. I was especially impressed with Ragan's ability to keep the car out of trouble during an especially challenging race.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race that capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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In Case You Missed It: February 23 – March 1, 2007

After a strenuous two weeks, the Nextel Cup Series has decided to take a break while the Busch Series heads south of the border to Mexico. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't still plenty to talk about. Old adversaries Jack Roush and Ray Evernham are making plans to duke it out next week, while current plans for the Car of Tomorrow may be scrapped. Not quite sure what all that means? Check out this week's version of In Case You Missed It to find out all the details!

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Becca’s Big Six: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

*"Debris, what debris?"* *Who … gets my shout-out of the race?* Congratulations to Brian Vickers and Team Red Bull for a Top-Ten finish in their first points race of the year. Vickers spent the latter part of 2006 under rancorous conditions at Hendrick Motorsports, and his new 2007 team was unable to qualify for the Daytona 500 last week. Vickers was understandably happy about Sunday's performance: "Everybody did such a good job. Team Red Bull and Toyota - everybody involved. This is really our first intermediate track for us and for Toyota. To come out of it with a Top Ten - I don't think it could have been any better." Vickers qualified the No. 83 car 15th and crossed the finish line in 10th. *What … was the most overused phrase of the whole post-Daytona 500 controversy?*

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