David 31st in BGN Vegas race by Kellyanne Lynch
10 March 2007
David Reutimann finished 31st in the Sam's Town 300, today's Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An issue with the ignition box put his Michael Waltrip Racing Camry seventeen laps down one-fourth of the way into the race.
David started the race 25th. He had moved up a couple of spots by lap 49, when he reported that his ignition box was smoking a little so he was switching to the B box. When he did, the Aaron's Dream Machine made a loud popping sound on the track that could be heard from the grandstands. His car lost power, and he coasted it to the pits. He took so long getting around the track that NASCAR brought out the caution to tow him, which he didn't end up needing. He went behind the wall, and his crew pushed him to the #99 garage.
Seventeen laps, he returned to the track. He ultimately fell twenty laps down. Due to attrition, as so many cars were spinning with the track's new configuration, he finished 31st.
Speedwise, David had a top 5 car. Toward the end of the race, he asked if the #59 was really 8th. Marcos Ambrose's #59 was indeed; although his car was not that strong, everybody else was having problems, and Ambrose was staying out of trouble. Crew chief Jerry Baxter told David not to look at the pylon; it would just upset him.
At one point in the race, the team discussed getting a flight home. His spotter, his cousin Shawn, said their aunt had somebody go online and get them a flight for tomorrow morning for only $170. Shawn said that wasn't bad, and David said it wasn't, because he wasn't paying.
Shawn laughed. "I gave them your credit card number!" he replied. Earlier, he'd said something about putting dinner for everyone on David's card.
During the red flag, Shawn brought up Mrs. Reutimann. David said he was going to sleep last night when his wife said she was going to go downstairs into the casino and "cash out". Laughing, he said she cashed out all right - she let a lot of cash out.
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