Cup Qualifying, Live From Loudon by Kellyanne Lynch
29 June 2007
David Reutimann's #00 Burger King Toyota will start 17th in the Lennox Industrial Tools 300, Sunday's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway. He turned a 29.765-second lap in 127.962 MPH that was 0.339 seconds behind pole-winner Dave Blaney and ranked second of the cars that needed to race their way into Sunday's event. Owner Michael Waltrip and teammate Dale Jarrett did not make the field.
"I just can't thank all the guys at Michael Waltrip Racing enough," David said after his run. "Everyone has been working real hard and things have been coming together for our team lately. We turned good laps in practice and the guys kept making small adjustments and we were able to get better and better. I'm really happy with the effort and hopefully we can gain some ground on everybody on Sunday.
"This is a tough race track because it is flat," he continued, "but we are still learning with all of our Car of Tomorrow stuff, but everybody in our organization is working real hard. We haven't had a whole lot to cheer about lately, but I think we are making strides and maybe by the end of the season we will have a lot more to cheer about."
David was slated to take to the track 10th. Due to brake issues with Kurt Busch's #2, his #00 was the 9th car to make a qualifying attempt. He had to wait for his car to come out of tech inspection, and it did just in time.
"Run both laps, bud," crew chief Frankie Kerr directed his driver. "The second lap is always faster."
Static came over the #55 frequency.
"Stop talking. Let's go!" Frankie responded. He told David to back up what he did in practice. "Do the best you can, pal."
"10-4," David replied. He was on track at 3:30pm and completed both laps.
His crew chief read off lap times. "All right, buddy - 29.76 and 29.80. Second overall."
David commented that the car was really free. "But it's gotta be like that," he added.
Frankie said they would be screwed if the car were tighter.
"Exactly," David replied. "Good job." He said he hoped the time would get him into the field. When asked, he said his water temperature was 200 and his RPM 96 1/2. Bobby Kennedy told someone to show that to Buddy Sisco.
"A little bit too free, but need to be that way to be fast," Jerry noted.
Somebody commented on the first lap being better. Frankie said that was partially due to the fact they were on scuffs, and there was very little difference between the times. The crew member said he had saw the left front smoke in Turn 1. When Frankie asked where this person was, they said at the third finish line. Shawn said it was about ten car lengths deeper than the #20, who had run about even. The crew member noted the brakes looked "a little grabby."
Dale Jarrett's #44 was the next Michael Waltrip Racing entry on the track. Dale turned a 30.265-second lap at 125.848 MPH that was 0.839 seconds behind Blaney's pole-winning speed.
At 3:45pm, Mikey took to the track. The #55 frequency was quiet before and throughout both laps.
"194, 194," Bobby reported after Mikey had turned both laps. His 30.194-second lap at 126.144 MPH was 0.768 seconds slower than Blaney and not enough to make the field.
"I'm sorry. It just didn't do nothing right. It just didn't do nothing right," Mikey spoke with a wavering voice. "It didn't turn." He said that, when it finally turned, he almost spun out off Turn 2. "It didn't do nothing right. It just doesn't stick the front tires on these cars for me. It just doesn't."
"10-4," someone replied.
His radio fell quiet after that, and two cars later, qualifying ended.
Coverage of the Lennox Industrial Tools 300 airs Sunday at 1:00pm ET on TNT. The Busch Series' Camping World 200 starts tomorrow at 2:30pm on ABC.