David Will Race Tomorrow by Kellyanne Lynch
5 May 2007
Rain postponed the running of the Crown Royal 400, this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The race will air tomorrow at 1:00pm ET on FOX. David Reutimann's #00 Domino's Toyota, the only Michael Waltrip Racing entry that made the field, will roll off 14th.
The Crown Royal 400 was scheduled to take place tonight. The crew performed a radio check at 7:36pm.
"Is this thing working?" somebody asked.
"I got you, Shawn," someone replied.
"You guys got me okay?" David's voice came over the frequency with a great deal of static.
"Yeah, David. You got me?" spotter and cousin Shawn Reutimann replied. "Yeah, I got you loud and clear. Do you hear me?"
Static followed, and a crew member commented on it.
"Sounds good down here, buddy," Shawn replied. "It might be yours."
"How 'bout you, Shawn?" crew chief Frankie Kerr came over the radio?
"Yeah, I got ya," the spotter replied.
"How 'bout you, Reut?" Frankie asked. After a long pause, he repeated himself. "How 'bout you, Dave?"
"Dave, Frank's talking to you. Can you hear him?" Shawn asked.
A "yes" was discernable through the static.
"Yeah, you sounded kind of staticky at first."
"Yeah, he's talking, Frank."
Frankie talked about getting crew member Chris to get their driver a new radio when David came on loud and clear. "We just switched to another radio. Is that any better?"
"Yeah, that's a lot better, bud," Frankie commented.
Shawn told him, when they got going, NASCAR wanted them to stay single-file. The sanctioning body had jet dryers on the track to dry the high groove of the rain water.
Frankie announced the location of the #00 pit box - in front of the #42 and behind the #84. "So hopefully someone will do something stupid, and we'll have an open pit," he added.
"Did you copy me on the single file?" Shawn asked.
"Yeah, copy you on the single file," was David's response.
"It'll be a couple laps like that."
Frankie told David to put on his B fans on and his rearend fans. He said to keep the brake fans off for a while, and he would remind David when to put them on.
"All right, pit road speed right here," Shawn noted.
"Pit road speed single-file?" David asked.
"Yeah, pit road speed," Shawn answered. "Two to go."
After a pause, Frankie asked for pit road speed.
"Got 4900," David replied. "Excuse me. 5000 and second. Does that sound right?"
Frankie said it did. Shawn told them NASCAR was going to add a lap to the restart. Frankie suggested going with 4900 going to pit road, and David agreed.
"Next time by will be green and yellow. Next time by," Shawn stated. "Just stay up there and try to dry it, as best you can."
The race began under the yellow and green flag around 7:45pm. Jeff Gordon led the slow-paced field with David in 14th. Shawn told his driver they were still working on drying off Turn 4 and said the speeds would pick up behind the pace car.
After a moment, Shawn asked about the rain. David said it looked about ready to go.
"Is it raining in three and four there Dave?" Frankie asked.
"Is it raining?" David asked.
"Heck, it's raining everywhere."
"All right, it's going to be one to go when we get here," Shawn said. "All right, we're not going. We're not going. It's raining too hard."
"Yeah, we can run around here 201 laps under caution," Frankie joked. "We'll get a top fifteen."
"10-4," David laughed.
"Frankie, the radar says it's going to be here for a while," a crewmember commented.
"All righty," Frankie sighed. He said to make sure to get the tarp for the pit stall and paper towels.
"Is it getting harder, Frank?" David asked.
Frankie said it was getting a lot harder. "I'm surprised they haven't stopped us." He asked a moment later, "How does the car feel?"
"When these cars drive into Turn 3, I'm going to drop under them all and lead a lap," David commented.
Frankie told him his speed was better than the leader's.
"How about that time?" David asked.
"Three-tenths better. You're on a roll."
"All right, they're going to bring you down pit road in just a minute," Shawn informed his driver.
"All right, guys, get all your shit ready," Frankie said to the crew. "Get everything covered up."
Shawn told David to come down pit road double-file. "Two crewmembers per car. That's all that's allowed. Don't forget the race is started. Don't go touching anything."
NASCAR red-flagged the race at 7:58pm on lap 13. Somebody said something about Shawn not having an umbrella.
"Nope. Got me an umbrella," he replied. He said something about it being a big Burger King one, like a whopper. "It came from my patio set."
"Gotta fold that thing up," a crew member said. "We can't use it."
"Sorry," Shawn replied. "That would be a lot of stuff floating around up here if I got wet."
Frankie said, according to the radar, they'd be back at Richmond tomorrow at 1pm to race. He wanted the team to look into that radio that got screwed up.
"Chris, did you go to the car?" someone asked.
"Doug, two people," Frankie addressed the crew member. "There are already two people."
"Chris, did you go to the car?" somebody asked
"No, I did not go," Chris replied.
"Hey, Frank. Are you still on the radio?" someone asked.
"No, sir. Leave a message for him?" came a reply.
"Yeah, I want someone to tell me what shoo fly pie is."
After a pause, the second person answered. "Frank said he didn't know. He thought it was freakin' pie. He doesn't know what it tastes like."
"Well, it's his boys who brought it last week." After a pause, he asked, "Does it have any cooking directions on it, or do you just eat it?"
"Frank, I think they're getting ready to call it," Shawn came over the frequency.
"I just a feeling you just eat it."
"You're full of crap, Shawn. There's no way they're going to call this deal. We're going tonight."
"They're talking about clearing the garage area, parked cars."
"What's the matter, Reuty. You got a date or something?"
"They're talking about clearing the garages to put cars in it. They're talking about it right now," Shawn said. "They're talking about pushing them back to the garage area in just a minute. They're a little bit out. They're talking about pushing them back to the garage."
"I think we've lost the track," a crew member commented.
"So what's the verdict on shoo fly pie. Anybody see it?"
"I didn't do anything with it. I just threw it back in the refrigerator."
"You know that thing's two weeks old, don't you."
"No, it's only a week old."
"They said you need to plug up your dump cans. Because you're not going to get new fuel in the morning."
A crew member said just put the dump cans in the truck and keep them there overnight.
Be sure to watch David tomorrow in the Crown Royal 400! Coverage starts at 1:00pm ET on FOX.