No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann finished third in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Reutimann started 18th and immediately raced his way into the top-15 and as high as 11th by the end of the first 50 lap segment.
The No. 00 team began experiencing a tight condition through the next two segments, but continued to move forward up to ninth. The Aaron’s crew went to work during the 10-minute break between the third and final segments making several adjustments in preparation for the final 10 lap dash for the cash.
Once the 10 minute break concluded the No. 00 team made one final trip to pit lane for four tires and picked up four spots on pit road in the process to restart in the fifth position. Reutimann raced ahead on the restart and picked up an additional two positions up to third and was gaining on the leaders when the checkered flag waived.
“We had a great Aaron’s Dream Machine all night,” said Reutimann. “We were just so far back that you couldn’t really tell it. I was telling the guys that our pit crew might not have won the Pit Crew Challenge the other night, but they did it when it mattered and they got me out and made an excellent pit stop that picked us up a lot of spots. Rodney Childers (crew chief) and the guys made some really good calls on the Aaron’s Dream Machine to free it up a little bit. It was actually pretty good. That was just about as fast as we could get it there at the end.”
Reutimann went on to talk about his recent performances at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “It doesn’t seem like it sometimes, but I love this race track. It’s not so much me; it’s the guys on the team and everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota Racing Development. We have good packages for these types of race tracks and it shows. It’s not anything the driver’s doing special — it’s all my team.”
Reutimann returns to action next Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and he things the Aaron’s Dream Machine will be the car to beat. “Our car was better the longer it went. The 600-mile race is going to be more of what we need and be more suited to what we had tonight. We kept making it better and better.”
- Reutimann started 18th and finished third
- Raced from 18th to 11th during the first 50-lap segment
- Stayed out on lap 70 at the end of the second segment still in 11th
- Raced to ninth by lap 90 at the end of the third segment, but moved to fifth after a pit stop prior to the final restart
- Raced his way from fifth to third in the final 10 lap segment and was closing on the leaders
- Carl Edwards won the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
- David Ragan and Brad Keselowski finished first and second in the Sprint Showdown and transferred into the All-Star race.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Fan Vote to transfer from the Sprint Showdown into the Sprint All Star Race
- NASCAR estimated the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 125,000