Nationwide Happy Hour, Live From Loudon by Kellyanne Lynch
27 June 2008
David Reutimann was 6th quickets in Nationwide Series final practice, in preparation for tomorrow's Camping World RV Sales 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He turned a 30.174-second lap at 126.228 MPH in his twenty-third of twenty three laps, which was 0.230 seconds slower than session leader David Stremme.
"Yes, brothah. He's getting in right now," crew chief Jerry Baxter said after performing a radio check with the spotter.
"10-4. The track is green," the spotter replied. Cars were on track at 1:45pm.
"Got a copy, David?" Jerry asked. "Coming to you, Rollin."
"10-4. I got you," the spotter replied.
David's response came with static.
The #99 was on track at 1:47pm. The spotter guided him. "Clear by twenty.
"All clear. Got some pretty big sparks bottoming out in the corners there, Jerry."
"Yeah, low pressure starting out," Jerry replied.
"Okay. 10-4. All clear."
"80," Jerry read off lap times. "70.
"Yeah, I don't... it kind of chatters the right front tire," David commented. "Then, on exit, on the transition part of the track, it will jump loose on you when it didn't before." He said it was definitely different in the centre.
They decided to change back to the shocks they had before.
"Tell them people to get the hell out of the way," Jerry said.
"Do you need me out, Collin, or do you want me to stay in?" David asked.
Jerry said he wanted to make the adjustments with David in the car. A crew member switched headsets with Jerry. The team jacked up the left side and took off the left rear tire.
"How's that?" a crew member asked.
David mumbled that he didn't feel the car rotating better in the centre at all and said the car "kind of slides."
"Coming to you, Roaming," it sounded like Jerry said at 1:59pm.
"10-4," the spotter replied. He blended david in and cleared him by fifteen.
"75," Jerry read off lap times. "65."
"58. That's the best lap.
"Clear, all clear. 53.That's your best lap.
"Coming to you," David said. "The centre's okay. it would be helpful if we could get some centre off." He also said he would like it tight in and off and "twitchy" in the centre.
The #99 was in the garage at 2:05pm. After spending a few minutes there, Jerry sounded like he said, "Comin' to ya, Rubbin."
"Okay. 10-4," the spotter replied.
The Aaron's Dream Machine was back on track at 2:09pm.
"All clear," the spotter said.
"70," Jerry read off lap times. "49."
"Get a different headset for Jerry, or else my radio's messed up," David said.
Jerry said David ran a 45 two laps in a row, then a 49. "That's pretty stout."
"I hear Rubbin pretty good though," David sounded like he said when asked if he could hear Jerry, who came through with static.
Jerry said he was checking his radio now for popping and cracking. The spotter said it wounded like it was in the microphone. They talked about getting a new cord and buying a high dollar cord. "Go get top dollar ones after practice, and return these ones in the plastic bags they came in."
"Coming to you, Rollin," it sounded like Jerry said at 2:16pm.
Jerry asked the crew for the track temperature.
"110," somebody replied.
The spotter cleared David by half a track. "All right. All clear, all clear."
"Got a spring down there. Make sure we don't have a flat, Dave," Jerry said.
David said he thought the right side had trash. He was in the garage at 2:19pm. Jerry said he had run a 75 on the first lap.
David reported that the car didn't do what he had hoped. He said he knew he was close on time but maybe wanted it a little tighter.
Jerry called for tires like set four and asked a crew member to go get it. Forty minutes remained in practice. The team talked about how the back end had wiggled way out but how David had kept it off the wall. They decided to work on cambre in a minute but to work on race runs now.
"Coming to you, Ronan," it sounded like Jerry said.
The spotter cleared David and said the next car to speed was on the backstretch. "Thing looks really good from up here."
"45," Jerry read off speeds.
"Yeah, I don't know. pretty stable," David said. He figured there was no sense in running more laps and said he could start the race like this.
The #99 team prepared for a mock qualifying run. Somebody noted that Josh Wise in the #22 had just made a mock qualifying run at 2:29pm and was now first with a 30.30-second lap.
"Man, it's friggin hot in here," David complained.
"We've got cheese in the truck if you want it to go with that whine," Jerry replied. After a while, he asked, "All your creature comforts good?"
David spoke softly; I missed his response. They talked about someone named Kirby not being there. David said he can't focus when she's around.
"That's why they call her Kirby," somebody said.
"That's correct," David replied.
Twenty-five minutes remained in practice. The #99 team was cooling down the car for a mock qualifying run.
At 2:37pm, Jerry sounded like he said, "Coming to you, Rollin."
The spotter told David to coast it on pit road, because a lot of cars were on track. "All right, you can fire it up." He gave David a big gap.
"21," Jerry read off lap times. "And a 17."
"It should have been a lot better than that," David said. "I let it get free on me in the centre. 220 at the line."
They talked about it being 100 when they started that morning and that they couldn't imagine it would be 114 tomorrow.
The spotter said the #99 was now first in practice.
"Watch the overflow," David sounded like he said. He also said they were done for the day.