#99 9th at Nashville by Kellyanne Lynch
9 June 2007
David Reutimann's #99 Aaron's Dream Machine finished 9th today in the Federated Auto Parts 300, today's Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. He rallied back from first lap damage to enjoy 106 of 225 laps in the top ten.
Steve Wallace led the field to the green flag at 7:19pm ET, and David started 30th. He was riding behind Kyle Krisiloff and Kertus Davis when the two ran into each other. The Aaron's Dream Machine sailed through the grass and squeeked by with minimal damage.
The yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 2 for the accident.
Racing resumed on lap 5 with Wallace's #66 leading and David in 40th. Clint Bowyer worked on Wallace and took the lead going into lap 8. Meanwhile, David was up to 32nd, and he picked up two more spots during the next circuit. He worked his way into the 27th position four laps later. Passing JJ Yeley two laps later moved David into 26th, and by lap 24, he had gotten around Mike Wallace and Richard Johns. He picked up another spot from David Green on lap 32. Two laps later, he was 22nd, and he passed Kevin Hamlin for 21st one circuit later. Getting around Chase Miller and Marcose Ambrose by lap 45 gained David the 19th spot.
On lap 51, Scott Wimmer took the lead from Bowyer in his #29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet. David picked up 18th from Kevin Conway two laps later, and on lap 59, he moved up another spot by getting around Todd Kluever's #16.
Some drivers chose to make stops on lap 62. Timothy Peters and Marcose Ambrose's departure allowed David to gain 15th on lap 62.
Lap 65 saw the second yellow flag; David Green had spun Bobby Santos in Turn 4 when Santos' #92 was heading for pit road. The caution trapped a number of cars one lap down. Ambrose received the free pass back onto the lead lap. Drivers pit under caution, and Bowyer was the first driver back on track. David had been feeling a vibration in the left front before that caution, which turned out to be caused by a loose lug nut. The team changed four tires.
Bowyer led the field to the lap 71 restart; David restarted 11th. Three laps into the run, the Aaron's Dream Machine broke into the top ten. David picked up 9th from Cale Gale on lap 84. Stephen Leicht attempted to pass the #99 on the apron and was aggressive enough that David just let the #90 go to avoid an incident. By lap 95, he was back to 10th.
Wimmer reclaimed the lead on lap 106.
The third caution came on lap 110 for Ambrose, whose car caught on fire. He steered toward a safety truck, where workers put out the flames immediately. Aric Almirola received the free pass. Drivers pit under yellow.
Racing resumed on lap 118 with Bowyer leading and David running 9th. During lap 122, Carl Edwards got around Bowyer's #2 for the top spot.
Kevin Conway brought out the fourth caution on lap 136. He slid up the track into David Stremme's #41, and Aric Almirola and Cale Gale spun at the same time. Some drivers pit, and David was one of them.
Wimmer, Leffler, and Keller led the field to the lap 140 restart; the three drivers had not pit under yellow. David was 9th. Gale pit with a flat left rear tire. Eight laps into the run, Leicht got around the #99.
The yellow flag waved for the fifth time on lap 152, and most lead lap cars pit so they'd have enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. Richard Johns had hit the wall after losing a tire.
Lap 157 saw the restart. Leicht led, and David was 14th. Five laps later, the Aaron's Dream Machine gained 13th.
With sixty laps to go, Leicht pit with a vibration and suspected a lost engine. Dave Blaney was next in line for the top spot, but Bowyer passed. David was up to 11th; he had passed Leicht and Wallace.
On lap 189, David picked up 10th by passing Keller. While Edwards took back the lead three laps later, the #99 lost that 10th spot from Keller again two laps after that. By lap 210, he was back in the top ten.
Dave Blaney ran out of fuel with four laps to go. His team pushed him off pit road after he stalled during a refueling. Blaney's stop allowed David to advance to 9th. Edwards went on to win the race, and David finished 9th.
Coverage of the Nextel Cup's Pocono 500 starts tomorrow at 12:30pm ET on TNT.