Reutimann Registers Top Toyota Finish at New Hampshire

September 16, 2007

In Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at New Hampshire International Speedway, Tundra drivers Mike Skinner (third) and Todd Bodine (fourth) recorded top-five finishes at the Loudon, N.H. one-mile oval, but neither driver was able to catch race-winner Ron Hornaday, Jr.

"Obviously, our truck was not as good as his," said Skinner, following the race. "Our truck was pretty good and it was another top-five finish for us, but Ron (Hornaday) put a whipping on us. He had the best truck and those guys are doing a good job."

"We ran the same set-up here as we did last year," added Skinner, driver of the No. 5 Toyota Tundra. "We finished second last year and third this year. The truck was good, it just wasn't as good as his truck. We were doing everything we could to catch the 33 (Ron Hornaday). We got a top-five -- they just out ran us."

Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, battled tire problems en route to his fourth-place result.

"For where we started in practice -- to end up fourth -- we're not going to complain," said Bodine, after the race. "The last set of tires wasn't as good as the first set and the truck just didn't run as good. The last set of tires just didn't match up good. The first set (of tires) -- we were running good and running with the leaders. We didn't have anything for them, but we could run with them. The second set (of tires) just wasn't as good."

Other Tundra drivers in the field at New Hampshire included Ted Musgrave (seventh), Johnny Benson (eighth), Ryan Mathews (13th), Terry Cook (18th), David Green (19th), Donny Lia (20th), Jack Sprague (24th) and AJ Allmendinger (34th).

Hornaday controlled Saturday afternoon's NCTS event at New Hampshire -- leading 174 laps in the 200-lap event. It was Hornaday's fourth win of the season, along with his 16th top-10 finish of the year. The veteran driver, who became the first repeat race-winner in 11 Craftsman Truck Series races at New Hampshire, led the final 58 laps of the race.

Hornaday now leads Skinner by 29 points in the NCTS championship point standings.

The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is September 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In Sunday afternoon's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) race at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway oval, David Reutimann had the best result among the four Toyota Camry drivers in the field.

Reutimann, driver of the No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, was the first Toyota to the finish line. He started 20th and ended the race in 26th-place.

"The car actually drove good and we had competitive times, but we just couldn't get anything to go our way -- we just couldn't get a break," said Reutimann, after the race. "I hate to use that as an excuse. You get the car where it's driving good, and you can run with the guys that are running really, really well -- but you just can't seem to get back on the lead lap. The car was good after we had a chance to work on it during the race. All we did was qualifying runs in practice, so we knew we'd have to just take a stab at it for the race. After a pit stop or two, we got it pretty good. I'm just disappointed because I thought we had a much better car than how we finished."

The other Camry drivers in the race were AJ Allmendinger (33rd), Dave Blaney (35th) and Brian Vickers (43rd). Toyota drivers Dale Jarrett, Jeremy Mayfield and Michael Waltrip did not qualify for the race.

Clint Bowyer dominated the 300-lap event at the Loudon, N.H. oval en route to his first career NEXTEL Cup victory. The Emporia, Kansas-native started from the pole and led the race six times for 222 laps. He crossed the finish line more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart (third), Kyle Busch (fourth) and Martin Truex, Jr. (fifth).

The next race on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule is Sunday, September 23 at Dover International Speedway.

  
  Toyota NCTS Finishing Positions at NH International Speedway
3rd, MIKE SKINNER
4th, TODD BODINE
7th, TED MUSGRAVE
8th, JOHNNY BENSON
13th, RYAN MATHEWS
18th, TERRY COOK
19th, DAVID GREEN
20th, DONNY LIA
24th, JACK SPRAGUE
34th, AJ ALLMENDINGER


Toyota Drivers in the NCTS Point Standings following NH International Speedway **
2nd, MIKE SKINNER		2,935 points
4th, TODD BODINE		2,666 points
5th, JOHNNY BENSON		2,491 points
7th, TED MUSGRAVE		2,268 points
10th, JACK SPRAGUE		2,185 points
15th, TERRY COOK		1,882 points
23rd, RYAN MATHEWS		1,379 points
29th, AJ ALLMENDINGER		895 points
31st, JOSH WISE			660 points
**unofficial point standings


Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at NH International Speedway
16th, DAVID REUTIMANN
33rd, AJ ALLMENDINGER
35th, DAVE BLANEY
43rd, BRIAN VICKERS
DNQ, MICHAEL WALTRIP
DNQ, DALE JARRETT
DNQ, JEREMY MAYFIELD


Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following NH International Speedway **
33rd, DAVE BLANEY		1,927 Points
39th, BRIAN VICKERS		1,534 Points
40th, DAVID REUTIMANN		1,287 Points
42nd, DALE JARRETT		1,079 Points 
45th, AJ ALLMENDINGER		789 Points
46th, JEREMY MAYFIELD		712 Points
51st, MICHAEL WALTRIP		487 Points
**Unofficial Point Standings	



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