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Reutimann wins pole in Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, May 29, 2009

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David Reutimann
Jim Garrahan/AR1.com
David Reutimann stayed hot after his win Monday in the Coca-Cola 600 by winning the pole for Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Int'l Speedway.

Reutimann put his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota on the pole for Sunday's 13th race of the Sprint Cup Series season with a lap of 156.795 mph.

After winning his first career Sprint Cup race last weekend at Charlotte, Reutimann says there's a little more attention on the No. 00 team this week as the series races at the "Monster Mile."

"We definitely have had a little more attention for this week but in the end, there’s always an extreme amount of pressure to perform anyway, and there has been that pressure ever since I’ve been in the Cup series, and I don’t think that’ll ever change,” Reutimann said. “So I don’t know that it puts any more pressure on me because the pressure’s already there, and it’s pretty intense as it is. But I don’t think it’s any different. I’m not approaching things any differently."

“I’m not really looking at things any differently," he said. "We still need to do the same things; we still need to run well week in, week out. We need to perform; there’s always the pressure for that. And we need to get ourselves back up in contention to be in the Chase, and that’s our priority right now.”

Kasey Kahne, Juan Montoya, Reed Sorenson and Greg Biffle rounded out the top-5.

Q&A with Polesitter

How was your qualifying lap?
"It seemed to be pretty good.  We unloaded and felt like the car was pretty good and made some small adjustments to it as the course of practice went on and in the end I was actually a little concerned about it if it was going to be fast enough because the car got pretty tight compared to what we had in our practice run.  We lost a little bit of time from what we did in practice, but the Aaron's Dream Machine was good.  Rodney Childers (crew chief) made the right adjustments.  We were just a little bit tight.  That TRD horsepower got us to the corners there and got us to the other end.  So it was a good enough lap and I wasn't really sure it was going to hold up but I'm thankful that it did." 

Does your win help boost your confidence coming in here to Dover?
"I'm kind of a nervous person anyway.  Waiting around for them to decide if we won the race or not and then waiting around all day so everybody had a shot at us to try to knock us off the pole kind of becomes nerve wracking over time.  In the end, we had a good car.  The way things went down last weekend -- we won the race and I'm really proud of that and it feels really good.  I think it gives the shop a little momentum because those guys work so hard on everything.  For me, I would like to win a race a little differently than that, but you take them anyway you can get them.  I'm none the less proud of the call Rodney (Childers) made last week that won us the race.  So I do think we have a little momentum going right now and a really good race team.  So those things help my cause greatly every week when I get in the car."

Did the track change during the afternoon?
"I worried a little bit about the earlier draw.  It seems to be your mindset because most of the race tracks that you go to when you go out and it's hotter the track is obviously slower.  It just seems like the concrete surfaces like we have here in Dover don't seem to react as drastically to temperature change as a lot of the places that we go to.  When we went out the temperature was about the same.  I think about three degrees hotter than when we were at practice so it wasn't a great deal different.  I felt pretty good that the car was going to be pretty decent and it was -- just a little bit on the tight side, but at the end of the day I don't think going out early was a factor.  I don't know if any cloud cover would've come that it would've helped anybody that much just because the track surface doesn't seem to react that much." 

How good is your race car?
"It's really good.  Rodney Childers (crew chief) and the guys brought me another great Aaron's Dream Machine.  We just had it a little bit too tight for qualifying but off the trailer it's been really, really good and I think we've got a pretty good race car so hopefully our time will hold pretty strong and give us a good pit selection for Sunday.  We'll work on this thing tomorrow in race trim."

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 156.794 22.960 Leader
2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 156.542 22.997 -0.037
3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 156.020 23.074 -0.114
4 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge U.S. Air Force 155.952 23.084 -0.124
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Nexcare 155.932 23.087 -0.127
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 155.885 23.094 -0.134
7 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 155.689 23.123 -0.163
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 155.662 23.127 -0.167
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 155.595 23.137 -0.177
10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 155.514 23.149 -0.189
11 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 155.447 23.159 -0.199
12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 155.440 23.160 -0.200
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 155.420 23.163 -0.203
14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 155.313 23.179 -0.219
15 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 155.313 23.179 -0.219
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 155.152 23.203 -0.243
17 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 155.085 23.213 -0.253
18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 155.066 23.216 -0.256
19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155.032 23.221 -0.261
20 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota RaceSavers.com 154.919 23.238 -0.278
21 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 154.812 23.254 -0.294
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 154.799 23.256 -0.296
23 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 154.706 23.270 -0.310
24 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet CompUSA 154.593 23.287 -0.327
25 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet The Hartford 154.573 23.290 -0.330
26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 154.566 23.291 -0.331
27 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com / AutismSpeaks.com 154.434 23.311 -0.351
28 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest 154.328 23.327 -0.367
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 154.242 23.340 -0.380
30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 153.932 23.387 -0.427
31 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 153.675 23.426 -0.466
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 153.577 23.441 -0.481
33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 153.446 23.461 -0.501
34 36 Mike Skinner Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 153.368 23.473 -0.513
35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 153.263 23.489 -0.529
36 98 Paul Menard Ford Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 153.133 23.509 -0.549
37 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Phoenix Racing 153.120 23.511 -0.551
38 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota G.P.'s Enterprises / Huckleberry's BBQ / LubePro's 152.853 23.552 -0.592
39 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 152.840 23.554 -0.594
40 7 Robby Gordon+ Toyota Richmond Water Heaters 151.681 23.734 -0.774
41 34 John Andretti+ Chevrolet Taco Bell 151.471 23.767 -0.807
42 24 Jeff Gordon+ Chevrolet DuPont - - -
43 37 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 152.491 23.608 -0.648
Did Not Qualify
44 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 152.265 23.643 -0.683
45 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 151.816 23.713 -0.753
46 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Cope / Keller Racing 148.014 24.322 -1.362
47 106 David Starr Dodge Boys Will Be Boys Racing Co. - - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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