Reutimann Returns To Atlanta

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HAMPTON, Ga. - Atlanta Motor Speedway is high on the list of favorites for David Reutimann after his run last fall at the track, and he looks to continue his success this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500.

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver is coming off his career best Cup finish at AMS when he came home fourth in last Labor Day weekend's stop at the track.

Add that to his previous success in the Truck Series and the Georgia speedway is a place Reutimann looks forward to visiting.

"I like Atlanta Motor Speedway a lot," Reutimann said. "It's a cool racetrack. It's pretty abrasive, so it's a little bit rougher on the tires. The cars slide around a lot and it can be pretty fun, especially if we have a pretty good Mitsubishi/Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota."

The 1.54-mile facility has a reputation of being lightning-fast and that adds to Reutimann's anticipation.

"The track is still really, really fast - it's one of the fastest places we go," said Reutimann, who celebrated his 40th birthday earlier in the week. "We've had some good runs there in the past. I was able to win my very first pole there in the truck series, which came in only my second start in that series during my rookie year. We went to Daytona and then Atlanta was the second race of the year at the time. It's always been pretty special to me - I enjoy going back."

With Reutimann's recent record on intermediate-sized tracks, the driver of the No. 00 Toyota could be in for another good weekend.

Over the last 10 races on 1.5 mile race tracks, Reutimann ranks fifth in total points (1,337) trailing only Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. In that 10-race span, Reutimann has one win, two top-fives, three top-10s, collected two poles, led 46 laps and has an average finish of 11th with no finish worse than 20th.

A solid day on Sunday would be the continuation of Reutimann's impressive start to the year, which has pleased crew chief Rodney Childers.

"It's going good so far," said Childers. "It's been kind of like what we've planned. We haven't set the world on fire, but we've just been trying to be real consistent like we did last year in the first five races to just put ourselves in a good position in points when Martinsville comes around. We're trying to be top-10, top-15 every week. The pit crew is doing a great job and getting better every week. We've had good Toyotas. We have to do a little better at the racetrack, but so far it's going good."

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