Another BGN Top Ten For MWR by Kellyanne Lynch
14 April 2007
David Reutimann's Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota finished 6th in the O'Reilly 300, today's Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. His #99 Aaron's Dream Machine spent 96 of 200 laps in the top ten.
David Ragan led the field to the green flag shortly after 3:30pm ET. He held the top spot for two laps before Kyle Busch powered his way into the lead. David, who started 7th, fell to 12th within the first twenty-five laps. Lap 29 saw the #99 gain a spot when Dave Blaney's #10 pit with a problem. David lost the spot again to Paul Menard on lap 42.
Early in the race, a water bottle bladder was getting in David's way, preventing him from turning the wheel comfortably in the corners. He couldn't get it out and had to push it out of the way while trying to turn. The team talked about giving him scissors so he could cut it out during their first stop. [Thank you, mdpayte, for the Mikey members forum for this explanation!]
Denny Hamlin moved into the lead on lap 50; however, he pit his #20 at the end of the lap to begin scheduled green flag stops early. Busch's #5 reclaimed the lead.
David was 9th when the second caution came out on lap 54. Matt Kenseth's #17 spun in Turn 2, and the driver reported that something broke in his car. Hamlin and other front runners were trapped a lap down. Ward Burton received the Aaron's lucky dog pass back onto the lead lap, and under the yellow, the leaders pit. Busch was the first driver back on track. Mike Wallace stayed out to lead a lap before he made his stop.
Racing resumed on lap 61 with Busch leading and David in 22nd. A few cars restarted at the tail end of the lead lap. The #99 lost two spots one lap into the run; however, by lap 66, David passed Ward Burton, Bobby Hamilton Jr, and Brad Coleman.
A multi-car accident brought out the third caution on lap 67. Steve Wallace slid up the track into Brent Sherman, spinning Sherman's #36. Reed Sorenson got into the grass to avoid the wreck. When he came back on track, he ran into Shane Huffman. Jon Wood was also collected.
Lap 76 saw the restart. Busch led, and David was 16th. Four laps into the run, the #99 dropped a spot. Passing David Gilliland and Mike Wallace advanced David to 15th by lap 88. The Aaron's Dream Machine moved up to 14th within the next twelve laps. On lap 116, David passed Casey Mears for 13th; however, Mears passed him back the next time around the track.
Green flag stops began on lap 119. The leader pit, allowing Carl Edwards to take the top spot. Hamlin assumed the lead. Many cars had made stops when the yellow flag waved.
The fourth caution came when the #4 of Regan Smith spun; Kurt Busch got into Smith's rear. Kenseth received the free pass. David, who was 4th, pit with the nine other lead lap cars.
Eight cars restarted in front of leader Denny Hamlin on the lap 128 restart. David was 4th. Juan Pablo Montoya and Mike Wallace passed, dropping David to 6th by lap 132. The Aaron's Dream Machine regained 5th from Wallace's #7 two laps later.
On lap 140, Casey Mears passed Hamlin along the inside and moved his #24 into the lead.
Lap 161 saw the fifth caution for debris in Turns 1 and 2. Drivers made stops.
Racing resumed four laps later with Montoya leading; however, he lost the lead to Hamlin fast. David restarted 6th. Montoya hit the wall, allowing the #99 to move into 5th. Two laps into the run, Carl Edwards passed David and moved him back to 6th.
The sixth caution was again for debris on the front stretch on lap 169.
Hamlin led the lap 173 restart. David was 6th. Kyle and Kurt Busch were all over the rear fender of the #99.
With twenty laps left in the race, Marcos Ambrose pushed Montoya into the wall.
Rasing resumed on lap 186. Hamlin led, and David was 6th. Five laps later, Kenseth passed Hamlin for the lead. David was two seconds behind them. He finished three and a half seconds behind winner Kenseth, in the 6th spot.
Be sure to watch Dale Jarrett race his MWR Camry in tomorrow's Nextel Cup race! Coverage of the Samsung 500 begins at 1:30pm ET on FOX.