Tag Archives: David Reutimann

NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 6, 2009

RPM to Begin Using New Dodge Engine ESPN is reporting that Richard Petty Motorsports will begin using the current spec Dodge engine, the R6P8, at Dover in three weeks. The team has stuck with the older, proven R5P7 engine while Penske Championship Racing’s three teams have run all season with …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas Edition

Jeff Gordon’s large winless streak came to an end Sunday in Texas – where everything is big. While Gordon got a giant weight lifted off his shoulders other drivers felt huge swings in the points. Greg Biffle gained eight spots in the standings, after his 3rd place Texas run, while Mark Martin’s 6th place finish gained him nine driver’s points positions. A.J. Allmendinger’s ignition issues relegated him to a 34th place finish and lost him five spots in the points and Kevin Harvick and Michael Waltrip each lost four places in the points, after lousy runs. Inside the Top 12, most drivers changed at least one spot and Matt Kenseth led the points swingers, climbing three spots to 9th, after running 5th in Texas. Jeff Gordon also is seeing his points lead stretch, as you will find out in this week’s list of *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing 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 a select few were thinking following the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:_ "If you're in this sport long enough -- and whether or not you’ve had success -- you're gonna have ups and downs. When you don't win and have to hear about it every weekend, you feel like you've never won. If I hadn't gotten out first, I wouldn't have won. We had a great stop, and that was all the difference. That's how important track position is with this car." _Jeff Gordon_

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Big Six: 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I never thought it would be this good, this fast. But Tony Stewart has made the turnaround at Stewart-Haas Racing so fast it makes your head spin. While Ryan Newman needs a little more help to get up to speed, Stewart has shown …

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Party Crashers In The Top 12 – Here To Stay, Or a Flash In The Pan?

The first few weeks of the 2009 Sprint Cup season have done much to fuel speculation of whether some different teams and new faces that are currently in the top 12 in points can stay there. The next few weeks will prove pivotal in determining whether teams that were once thought a lock to make The Chase can do so, or if they will continue to flail and flounder, while other opportunistic new comers – and some long dormant veterans – can make a charge to contend for races and a title in 2009.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Edition

The first three races of 2009 have yielded surprising results at the top of the bottom of the points standings. Some drivers, like Mark Martin, are left scratching their head after having fast cars at each race, but no finishes to show for that. Likewise, teams like Michael Waltrip Racing in the Top 12 and some of the startup teams near the brink of emergence in the Top 35 are among other early surprises in the points. That being said, here are the best of both this week.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing 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 a select few were thinking following the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:_ "It's awesome--this is just the feeling of a lifetime. Coming to the checkered flag there were knots in my stomach. This is probably as big as the Daytona 500. I want to thank M&M’s, Interstate Batteries, the fans, Marquee Jets, Toyota, TRD, NOS Energy Drink, Pedigree, Combos -- everybody on this team. They’re phenomenal." _Kyle Busch_

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David Reutimann Proving Old Guys And Big Dreams Can Still Come Together In Cup

Three races in, the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings read like a who’s who of stock car racing. Four-time champ Jeff Gordon leads the pack, followed by reigning Nationwide King Clint Bowyer, Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, fellow Roush Fenway superstar Greg Biffle, and … David Reutimann? Nope, that’s not a misprint, folks.

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Did You Notice? Waltrip Succeeds, Martin Fails, The Top 35 Self-Destructs, And… Johnson’s Beard?

*Did You Notice? …* The firestorm surrounding cutting the Daytona 500 48 laps short? Personally, I think the anger should be focused on the _starting time_ of the race more than anything else. The 3:45 EST start makes it near impossible to avoid the type of weather issues that we experienced in Sunday’s event. If anything pops up, you don’t have the whole afternoon to kill drying the track and making sure the full distance gets in. Why are we starting the race so late? I can’t find an acceptable answer just yet. Personally, I think a 1:00 EST start time would be perfect …

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