David 13th in Kentucky by Kellyanne Lynch
14 June 2008
David Reutimann came back from one lap down to finish 13th in the Meijer 300, today's Nationwide Series race in Kentucky.
The call to start engines came at 8:39pm ET, and the green flag waved nine minutes later. Joey Logano led the field with David's #99 Aaron's Camry in 14th. Kenny Wallace's #28 never came up to speed and went to the pits, reporting no power.
The first caution came out on lap 2 for Wallace. His crew worked under the hood of the #28 and ultimately took the car behind the wall.
Thirty nine drivers were on track when the green flag returned on lap 5. Logano led, and David ran 13th. Meanwhile, Morgan Shepherd, Danny Efland, and Kenny Hendrick were in the garage.
Mike Bliss passed one lap into the run, moving David back to 14th. Mike Wallace got around the Aaron's Dream Machine the next time around the track. Lap 9 saw Clint Bowyer drop the #99 to 16th. Two laps later, David lost another spot to Kyle Busch.
The yellow flag waved for the second time on lap 13 when Chase Miller and Steve Wallace got into each other and Miller hit the wall. A few drivers made stops, including David.
Logano led the lap 18 restart with David in 27th. Thirty-six drivers were on track. Jason Keller took the lead one lap later, while David moved into 25th. Passing Steve Wallace on lap 20 gained the #99 another spot. On lap 29, David passed Burney Lamar for 23rd; two laps later, he got around Kevin Lepage too. He was 21st on lap 32, having passed Cale Gale.
Kyle Busch took the lead on lap 40 after starting last. Four laps later, David lost a spot to Steve Wallace.
Jason Leffler started green flag pit stops on lap 51. His stop moved David into 21st. Busch pit on lap 54, giving the lead to Logano, and others followed suit. When Logano made his stop, Marcos Ambrose took the top spot on lap 57. David was 13th.
Lap 62 saw Ambrose pit and Josh Wise lead. David was 3rd. The #99 moved into 2nd on lap 66. Wise pit on lap 69, and David took over the lead. The Aaron's Dream Machine pit one lap later. Stanton Barrett led.
Stops cycled on lap 71, and Kyle Busch led the field. David was 23rd, one lap down. Lap 74 saw him pick up 22nd. He was 21st two circuits later.
The third caution was for debris on lap 80. Brad Coleman received the free pass; he was 16th. Leaders made stops, and Scott Wimmer was the first off pit road.
Wimmer led the lap 84 restart with David one lap down in 22nd. One lap into the run, Kyle Busch took the lead, and the #99 jumped up to 20th. Lap 92 saw David pass Bobby Hamilton Jr for 19th. He passed Kelly Bires eight laps later, which was good for another spot. The Aaron's Dream Machine was now one spot away from the free pass. Lap 102 saw David pass Steve Wallace for 17th and the free pass position. Coleman lost the lead lap on lap 113.
On lap 134, the yellow flag waved for the fourth time for debris. Coleman again got the free pass. Throughout much of the run, he was running four miles an hour slower than David. Leaders pit under caution. The yellow was extended for Steve Wallace slamming hard into Carl Edwards' side; he was one lap down, Edwards was down by two, and he felt he should be in front.
Lap 143 saw the restart with Kyle Busch leading. David was 17th, one lap down and first in line for the free pass. Four laps later, Logano took the lead. At one point, David was eight miles an hour faster than Coleman.
The fifth caution was on lap 164; he spun on his own. David got the free pass.
Logano led the restart on lap 168 with David in 16th. The #99 immediately got around Coleman's #27. On lap 172, David got around James Buescher for 14th. He picked up 13th on the last lap and finished there. Joey Logano went on to win.
Coverage of the Nextel Cup's Lifelock 500 begins tomorrow at 12:30pm ET.