David 14th in Daytona Nationwide race by Kellyanne Lynch
4 July 2008
David Reutimann finished 14th in the Winn-Dixie 250, tonight's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Before the race, David was asked how he expected to run today. "I don't know," he said. "This is Daytona. I just don't run well here."
The call to start engines came at 8:07pm ET. The green flag waved twelve minutes later. Bryan Clauson led the field to the stripe with David in 12th. Brad Coleman, who started third, took the lead along the high line and led the first lap. Shortly thereafter, Clint Bowyer took the top spot along the high line and held it at the stripe. David was still 12th, although cars were running three and four wide. By lap 3, he was running the high side behind Kerry Earnhardt in the #8. He fell to 17th and was 18th the next time around the track.
Lap 8 saw Dale Earnhardt Jr take the lead. David was 16th at the time. Passing Mike Wallace on lap 12 moved the Aaron's Dream Machine into 15th. David got around Kerry Earnhardt the next time around the track.
The first caution was on lap 14 for Josh Wise, who spun through the grass. He had been pushing David when he attempted to pass, and he lost air off his rear fender when he got in front of the #99. He told his spotter to tell David he was sorry. Leaders pit under caution. Mike Wallace and Shane Huffman led under yellow.
Huffman led the lap 17 restart with David in 15th. Toward the end of the first lap back to green, Brad Keselowski pushed car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr into the lead. David was stuck in the middle of a three-wide situation and gave Scott Wimmer a nudge to go faster. The #99 was 12th on lap 20. Riding the outside line, David picked up 8th on lap 22.
Carl Edwards took the lead on lap 23. David was now 10th but dropped to 12th the next time around the track as he rode the high line. The #99 was 11th on lap 26 and 10th one lap later. David was 9th on lap 28, 11th on lap 29, and 8th on lap 30. Eric McClure struggled and wiggled but held onto his car.
Oil from McClure's #24 drew the second caution on lap 31. David was 9th at the time. He and most of the rest of the field pit under yellow. The Aaron's Dream Team gained David seven spots on pit road; the #99 came out 2nd. The car took on no adjustments.
Keselowski led the lap 34 restart with David in 2nd. Edwards hung out the #99, which dropped back dramatically. Later the same lap, Earnhardt Jr hung out Edwards. David was 5th on lap 36. Earnhardt Jr tried to go to the lead on lap 38 but fell back. David was marked in 3rd the next time around the track. The next time around the track, the #99 was 2nd.
On lap 44, David got dumped back to 9th after Kyle Busch bump drafted him in the corner. He was 8th on lap 45 and 10th the next time around the track. He was 11th on lap 47, 12th on lap 48, and 13th on lap 49. On lap 53, David fell to 14th. He was 15th two laps later and 16th two laps after that. David picked up 15th on lap 58. Lap 60 saw the #99 in 17th.
Denny Hamlin took the lead on lap 62. He, Kyle Busch, and Earnhardt Jr had all passed Keselowski. Two laps later, David fell to 18th.
Earnhardt Jr reclaimed the lead on lap 69. Three laps later, Kyle Busch moved into the top spot. Lap 74 saw Hamlin take the lead and David move into 17th.
Around lap 75, green flag pit stops began. During stops, David dropped a spot on lap 78. He was 20th one lap later.
Hamlin pit at the end of lap 79, giving up the top spot. Mike Bliss picked up the lead. He pit on lap 81. On pit road, Brian Vickers struggled with a gear issue when attempting to leave his box. He was pushed to the garage.
Stops cycled by lap 82. Edwards led, and David was 13th. Four laps later, Kyle Busch reclaimed the lead. Lap 89 saw Edwards move back into the top spot; cars had shuffled throughout the previous lap for the lead.
On lap 90, David picked up 12th by getting around Steve Wallace, with Kelly Bires pushing. Hamlin took the lead one lap later. David lost two spots with four laps to go; he was back to 14th.
With two laps to go, Collin Braun's lapped #16 went nose-first into the wall and drew the third caution. Under yellow, Kerry Earnhardt and Marcos Ambrose were marked in front of the #99. Then, suddenly, Brad Coleman and David Ragan were marked in front of him too.
Racing resumed on lap 103 with a green/white/checkered. Edwards was shuffled low on the apron, but he continued. David was running three-wide when he moved into 13th. He crossed the stripe in 14th while Hamlin went on to win. Mike Wallace had wrecked on the last lap by his nephew Steve, while Bryan Clauson got into David quite a bit after shoving him into the wall.
Coverage of the Sprint Cup Series' Coke Zero 400 begins tomorrow at 6:30pm ET on TNT.