David 2nd at Memphis by Kellyanne Lynch
25 October 2008
David Reutimann finished 2nd after going two laps down in the Memphis 250, this afternoon's Nationwide series race at Memphis Motorsports Park.
The green flag waved at approximately 2:50pm ET. James Buescher started from the pole. Josh Wise had qualified 3rd in the #99 Aaron's Camry, but due to the driver change, David had to start at the rear of the field.
The first caution was on lap 2. Brad Keselowski had a mechanical issue. Jason Keller got into the back of Keselowski's #88 and spun it. Meanwhile, David had gone from 37th to 21st.
Lap 5 saw the restart. Buescher led, and David was 19th. By lap 7, the Aaron's Dream Machine was up to 15th. David was 14th on lap 9 and 12th on lap 12. He picked up 11th on lap 14 from Scott Wimmer's #29, was 10th on lap 19, and was up to 9th on lap 20. On lap 22, he was 8th, and on lap 27, he was 7th.
Clint Bowyer spun out Marcos Ambrose in Turn 2, drawing the second caution on lap 28. Mike Bliss had just moved into the lead. Wheeler Boys received the free pass.
Bliss led the lap 35 restart with David in 7th. He was 6th two laps later, having passed Landon Cassill. He got around Cale Gale two laps after that for 5th. David complained the car was a little free.
Eric McClure turned Ron Young on lap 44, but the race remained under green. David lost a spot eleven laps later to Carl Edwards; Edwards had pit under yellow and had fresher tires. David moved back into the top five on lap 59 when he passed Buescher. He was back to 6th on lap 69 when Joey Logano passed.
On lap 70, Carl Edwards took the lead. The #99 got around David Stremme nine laps later, moving back into 5th. David reported needing more grip and planned to pit around lap 118.
Green flag pit stops began around lap 100. Thirteen laps later, the #99 was 4th, but he lost a spot one lap later.
David pit on lap 112. He picked up an air pressure adjustment, four fresh tires, and fuel.
The third caution was on lap 125 when Bowyer put his car where it didn't fit and spun himself out. Only four drivers were on the lead lap; David was 9th and lapped. Kenny Wallace got the free pass. Cars pit under yellow. The hood went up on Mark Green's #70. He had been running 4th.
Racing resumed on lap 138 with Edwards leading. Chase Miller had a problem right away. David, who restarted two laps down in 8th, shot ahead of Edwards to earn back one of his laps. He was up to 7th. On lap 147, the #70 pit again with a broken swaybar. Only four cars were now on the lead lap, and David moved up to 6th.
The yellow flag waved for the fourth time on lap 151. Kevin Hamlin had spun on his own and collected David Ragan. Auston Dillon got the free pass.
Edwards led the lap 155 restart. David was 6th and the only driver one lap down.
The fifth caution was on lap 212; Young had spun again. David got the free pass back onto the lead lap, and the five lead lap cars pit under yellow.
The green flag returned with 33 laps to go. Edwards led, David was 6th, and there were no cars one lap down.
Young ran into Jarit Johnson in Turn 2, spinning them both out. The sixth caution was on lap 227. David and Kenny Wallace were the only lead lap drivers to pit. Mike Bliss got one of his two laps back.
Edwards led the lap 230 restart. Edwards led, and David was 5th. Ragan dropped off the pace immediately and was smoking. Austin Dillon slid up the track and dropped back. David was 3rd on lap 232.
The seventh caution was with ten laps to go when Mark Green spun. Ambrose also sustained a great deal of damage. Joey Logano pit under yellow. Jerry Baxter reminded David, who was now in 2nd, that he had better tires than Edwards.
Edwards led the restart with seven laps to go. David was 2nd.
Brian Keselowski wrecked, drawing the eighth caution with five laps to go. When interviewed under yellow, David said he needed a couple laps to get going. The field prepared for a green/white/checkered.
Edwards led the green/white/checkered. David worked on the #60's rear fender but did not get around. He crossed the stripe in 7th.
"I just, long story short, I should have moved him. He would have moved me for sure. That's why I'm aggravated. But that's not my deal. That's not the way I drive." David thanked Josh Wise and and the Aaron's Dream team. "All in all, it was a good day, but all it would have taken was to jack him up and to drive underneath him, but maybe it will come around someday."
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