David disappointed with #99 at Chicagoland by Kellyanne Lynch
14 July 2007
David Reutimann's #99 XM Radio Toyota finished 17th and one lap down in the USG Durock 300, today's Busch Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver was not happy with his run.
"It was pathetic, and that's as nice as I can put it," David commented after the race. "We weren't even close. I can't figure out how we missed it this bad. It was totally opposite of what we did in practice. Everything it did during the race it never did in practice. I don't know if we ended up having a problem. It's hard for me to believe that we could be that far off. We really didn't change that much stuff. Now, at the end of the race, we're completely opposite of where we started in practice. It's just a huge disappointment. I thought we would be much, much better. We should have had a top-five car. I don't know where we went wrong. There's something the car is not happy with -- and we have to figure that out."
David rolled off 23rd today. Denny Hamlin led the field to the green flag at approximately 3:20pm ET. NASCAR issued Stanton Barrett a pass-through penalty for passing before the stripe.
Ryan Newman spun and hit the wall with the left rear, drawing the first caution on lap 3. His #12 was already aero-loose when Jeff Burton knocked air off his rear spoiler. David was 22nd at the time.
Racing resumed on lap 7 with Hamlin still leading; however, Carl Edwards passed Hamlin's #20 along the low side for the top spot. David restarted 19th, but within four laps, he had gained two positions. He was about ten seconds behind the leader. Paul Menard and Bobby Labonte passed by lap 27, moving the #99 back to 19th. JJ Yeley's pass dropped him another spot within the next three circuits.
On lap 32, Hamlin took to the top groove and got around Edwards for the lead. David was over seventeen seconds behind them. Matt Kenseth moved into the top spot by lap 44 but was immediately re-passed by Hamlin. Three laps later, the pair ran side-by-side. Kenseth moved in front of Hamlin and took the lead on lap 48. Within the next nine laps, David got around Labonte for 19th.
Drivers began making green flag pit stops on lap 58. Their stops advanced David to 17th within the next two laps. Kenseth pit at the end of lap 60. Meanwhile, Hamlin missed the entrance of pit road.
With Kenseth's stop, Edwards inheritted the lead. When Edwards' #60 stopped, his car bobbled significantly. He also missed the entrance to the pits. David pit around this time too. He was 24th on lap 64 as stops continued. Marcose Ambrose had to come back to pit road when he scuffed the wall. His team worked to get the sheet metal away from the right front.
Todd Kluever led on lap 66; he had pit on lap 6 under the first caution. David was currently 21st; however, two cars were issued pass-through penalties for speeding on pit road. Ward Burton scruffed the wall around this time.
Kluever pit, giving the lead to Kyle Bush on lap 68. David was currently 22nd. Stops had cycled.
The yellow flag waved for the second time on lap 79 for debris. The #99 was still 22nd and was trapped one lap down; only fifteen cars were on the lead lap. Bobby Labonte became the sixteenth when he got the Aaron's Lucky Dog free pass back onto the lead lap. Drivers pit under caution.
Lap 81 saw the restart with Jeff Burton in the lead. David was 27th and lapped. Passing Jamie McMurray and David Ragan gained him 25th within the next few laps. By lap 89, David had moved into 23rd.
The third caution came out again when Aric Almirola hit the wall after cutting down his right front tire in Turn 3. A few of the lead lap cars pit. Hamlin had a problem with his battery losing power and needed to have it changed. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick had contemplated a stop for a suspected loose wheel. The yellow was a break for them both but also for Stephen Leicht, who received the free pass back onto the lead lap.
Jeff Burton led the lap 98 restart with David in 25th. At the halfway point, Kyle Busch took the top spot from Burton. The #99 picked up a spot with 86 laps to go.
With 73 laps to go, Burton took the lead despite suffering an air conditioning problem. Getting around Juan Pablo Montoya gained David 23rd around the 60 to go mark. He was 22nd within the next few laps. Casey Mears pit just before the yellow flag waved.
NASCAR brought out the fourth caution with 56 laps to go when Brent Sherman hit the wall in Turn 3. His #36 had cut down a tire and spun many times before hitting the wall with the right side. Leicht received the free pass again. David was 21st at the time. The leaders pit, and Kyle Busch picked up the lead. Burton lost just one position as his crew gave him a drink and helped him with his air conditioner problem.
Kyle Busch's #5 led the restart with 50 laps to go. Mears took the green in front of Busch, at the tail end of the lead lap, while David was 21st.
With 48 laps remaining, Jamie McMurray slid through the grass off Turn 4. The yellow flag waved for the fifth time, allowing Mears to come around the track and giving Brad Keselowski the free pass.
Around 43 to go came the restart. Greg Biffle slowed and went to pit road with a suspected flat tire. Biffle's stop gained David 20th. His #16 soon fell out of the race.
Almirola spun in the grass with 35 laps to go, bringing out the sixth caution. Reed Sorenson received the free pass, becoming the seventeenth driver on the lead lap. Some of the leaders pit. Burton pretend to pit but cut back onto the track.
Burton led the lap 171 restart. David was 19th and lapped. With 27 laps to go, Kevin Harvick powered past the #29 and took the lead. Edwards had to pit for a pass-through penalty for speeding on pit road. David was now 17th, the first driver one lap down. Kevin Harvick went on to win as the first repeat winner at the track while David placed 17th.
Watch him and Mikey compete tomorrow in Nextel Cup! Coverage of the USG Sheetrock 400 begins at 2:30pm ET on TNT.