Thursday, March 29, 2012

Reutimann, RBR Racing Set To Rebound At Martinsville

It’s been five weeks since the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises/BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors No. 92 Chevrolet loaded up and left Daytona International Speedway after failing to qualify for the opening race of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Reutimann tested at Little Rock Tuesday.
After recording a Top-5 finish in the race a year before, crew chief Jason Overstreet said the team was disappointed, but determined to make a better showing in Round Two of the season this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. "Not making the race at Daytona was disheartening, that's for sure," said Overstreet. "But you can't dwell on it. It motivates us to get better. We were back at the shop the next week, focusing 100 percent on getting ready to come to Martinsville. The truck that we are bringing to the track this week is one that we have spent a lot of time on."

The team spent Tuesday shaking the truck down with driver David Reutimann at the “Little Rock” half-mile oval, located on the grounds of the legendary Rockingham Speedway.

"The truck is good," said Reutimann. "We (got) some good laps. We have been trying some different things and seeing how the truck reacts. The key to being fast at Martinsville is to make sure the truck can carry speed through the center of the turn, and that's what we've been working on. 

"With the race being essentially a one-pitstop race, you had better be close to right, because you don't have a whole lot of time to work on the truck."

Both driver and crew chief are confident in the team's progress as they move past Daytona. "We have brand new trucks for Rockingham and Charlotte that are going to be fast," said Overstreet this week. "Daytona is what it is, but we are moving forward and putting the best truck that we can on the track for David at Martinsville."

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