#99 16th in BGN Kansas race by Kellyanne Lynch
29 September 2007
David Reutimann finished 16th in the Yellow Transportation 300, today's Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway. His Michael Waltrip Racing #99 Aaron's Camry spent fifteen laps in the top ten.
"We struggled all weekend - from the time we unloaded the car off the trailer - and we weren't where we needed to be all weekend," David said after the race. "It was tight and then it was loose every time we adjusted it. We made some gains out on the track; it just wasn't good enough. We were able to remain second in the points, but we are really looking for that win for Aaron's."
David rolled off pit road just after 3:30pm ET. During the pace laps, Johnny Sauter pit, and his crew lifted the hood of their #28 entry. The team suspected an issue with a plug wire. NASCAR also delayed the start of the race to check for debris in Turn 2.
The green flag waved without Sauter at 3:48pm. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth led the field, but Carl Edwards immediately challenged him. The pair ran side-by-side until Edwards moved into the top spot on lap 2. Meanwhile, David picked up a spot from Bryan Clauson and was now 30th. The next time around the track, his Aaron's Dream Machine got around Bobby East for position. Passing Kevin Conway on lap 4 moved David into 28th. David Ragan dropped through the ranks, complaining that his #6 car was under power. The #99 got around the #6 on lap 7.
Cars scrambled for the lead two laps later. Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle all passed Edwards on lap 10, putting Hamlin in the lead. Kenseth got around Hamlin the next time around the track and moved into a solid lead.
Lap 15 saw Mike Wallace pit with what his crew believed was a loose oil line. His crew put the hood up on his #7 before deciding to take the car behind the wall. Wallace's misfortunes moved David into 26th. Ragan pit on lap 20 with his problems. David passed Stephen Leicht for 25th on lap 28, five laps before the yellow flag waved.
The first caution came on lap 33 for debris. Kevin Harvick was black flagged for pitting too soon, but NASCAR reversed the decision and allowed him to stay on the lead lap. Kevin Conway received the free pass, and the leaders pit. David reported that the car was a little tight, so crew chief Jerry Baxter made an air pressure adjustment and gave him four tires and fuel. The race to lead coming off pit road went four-wide, and Hamlin won it. Jeff Burton contested that he had come off pit road first but lost his protest. Meanwhile, Conway lost the free pass for pitting a second time.
Hamlin's #20 led the lap 38 restart, but Burton took the spot almost immediately. The #99 in 21st. David passed Mike Bliss and Casey Atwood two laps into the run.
At the front of the field, Greg Biffle moved into the lead on lap 44. Kenseth dropped inside on lap 46. Although Biffle initially held his ground, Kenseth moved into the top spot the next time around the track.
David continued moving through the ranks. He picked up 18th on lap 48 and passed Jason Leffler for position the next time around the track. Biffle reclaimed the lead on lap 50. David moved into 16th three laps later but lost it to Mike Bliss two circuits later. David was reporting that his #99 was still a little tight.
Burton reclaimed the lead on lap 64. David got around Mike Bliss on the same lap; however, Bliss got back around him two laps later. Rallying back the next time around the track, the Aaron's Dream Machine got around Scott Wimmer and Paul Menard for 15th. David Ragan was back on track, twelve laps down. Wimmer got back around David on lap 72 and was the fastest car on track.
Mike Wallace spun, drawing the second caution on lap 89. Hamlin and Busch dropped to pit road to avoid Wallace's #7 as it slid off the wall and down the track. Bryan Clauson's #41 received the free pass back onto the lead lap, and leaders pit under caution. The #28 team put up the hood on pit road. NASCAR held off the restart to issue penalties to Busch; he had been too fast coming onto pit road. Steven Wallace's car was smoking on pit road with what his crew assessed as an oil line issue.
Burton led the lap 95 restart with David running 12th. Edwards' #60 began smoking heavily with a left front tire - teammate Matt Kenseth had slid up the track into him - and he dropped through the ranks. The yellow flag waved shortly thereafter for other people.
Lap 97 saw the third caution for contact between Bobby East, Jason Leffler, and Brad Keselowski, just as Brian Vickers took the lead. Casey Mears received the free pass.
Racing resumed on lap 101 with Vickers leading and David in 13th. Four laps later, Conway spun and drew the fourth caution. Marcos Ambrose received the free pass. David was 14th; Harvick had just passed him.
Vickers led the restart on lap 109 with David in 13th. Two laps into the run, the #99 was up two spots.
The fifth caution came on lap 112 for Kelly Bires, whose #47 hit the wall when the driver was attempting to avoid an accident. David was marked in 10th.
The green flag waved at 119 with Vickers leading and David in 10th. NASCAR black flagged Brent Sherman's #36, because the car was missing its right side window. As Burton challenged Vickers for the lead, Keselowski's #88 began smoking heavily with tire rub and went to pit road. The race remained under green. Meanwhile, David was up to 9th by lap 121. He gained the spot from Kasey Kahne, who had pit with a flat tire.
Ambrose's #59 smoked heavily after hitting the wall and headed for the pits, bringing out the sixth caution on lap 125. Edwards was also smoking and pit with an oil leak; he had been in line for the free pass. The leaders made stops, and David lost spots on pit road. Former race leader Vickers was just behind him. Vickers' right front tire changer had dropped the lug nuts.
Casey Mears led the lap 130 restart with David in 13th. Vickers passed three laps into the run.
Keselowski scuffed the wall, drawing the seventh caution on lap 136. Biffle spent time on pit road as his crew looked at the valance.
Lap 140 saw the restart with Mears leading and David in 13th. Within the first three laps of the run, David picked up a spot but lost it two laps later. He lost another spot the next time around the track. JJ Yeley's #1 slowed on track and headed for pit road.
Also on lap 147, Kenseth moved back into the lead.
The yellow flag waved for the eighth time on lap 152. A part on Edwards' #60 broke, and his car snapped and rammed into the wall. The leaders made stops when pit road opened.
Kenseth led the lap 163 restart with David in 18th. The #99 got around Todd Bodine, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick within the first three laps of the run but dropped to 21st two laps later. The #99 car was significantly slower than other cars.
The ninth caution was for Keselowski, who wrecked again on lap 176. David drove through smoke and dropped down low just in time. Casey Atwood received the free pass.
Lap 178 saw the restart with Kenseth leading and David in 20th. Kyle Busch dropped inside Kenseth's #17 with 17 laps laps to go and took the lead, just before Clauson's #41 hit the wall.
NASCAR brought out the tenth caution with 16 laps to go for Clauson. Racing resumed three laps later with Busch's #5 now leading and David running 17th. David lost a spot to Jason Keller on lap 190 but got around Keller and Stephen Leicht the next time around the track. Keller repassed him on lap 196, but David got back around him one circuit later. Kyle Busch went on to win while the #99 crossed the stripe in 17th.
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