Friday, April 3, 2009

David "The Franchise" Reutimann captures 2nd Pole of Career.

David Reutimann, drover of the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine for Michael Waltrip Racing, has captured the pole for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Reutimann earned the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the 1 ½ mile, high-banked track with a lap of 190.517 mph this afternoon. Reutimann told the media, “I guess that puts an exclamation mark on just how things have changed.”

Texas Motor Speedway hasn’t always been kind to Michael Waltrip Racing. Last year, the No.00 was driven in Texas qualifying by Cup rookie Michael McDowell, who escaped without a scratch from a horrific, tumbling crash when he slammed into the wall and rolled eight times before coming to a rest at the bottom of the track. McDowell would start the race 40th and end up 33rd. Two years ago, the first year for MWR, Reutimann didn’t even get the chance to qualify for the race. Severe weather canceled qualifying and sent the Reutimann and his team home, since they didn’t have enough owner points to make the race.

Boy have things turned around for Reutimann and the #00 team. He is currently 11th in points, and captured his first Coors Light Pole last season in Homestead.

Carl Edwards, who won both Texas races in 2008, qualified 13th. Last year, he became Texas Motor Speedway’s first three-time winner.

Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, Jeff Gordon, will start on the outside of the front row after qualifying with a speed of 190.194mph. Texas is one of two active tracks, the other one is Homestead Speedway in Miami, where the four-time Cup champion has never won. Jeff Gordon told the media “We’re pretty god. We’ve got a similar car to that from last fall.”

Top 10:
1. Carl Edwards
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Matt Kenseth
4. David Ragan
5. Paul Menard
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Tony Stewart
8. Kyle Busch
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Joey Logano

Other Notables:
13. Carl Edwards
14. Greg Biffle
17. Kevin Harvick
18. Brian Vickers
19. Clint Bowyer
20. Dale Earnhardt, Jr
22. Denny Hamlin
36. Jamie McMurray
38. Reed Sorenson

You can catch the Samsung 500 from Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 5th. Coverage starts at 12:30pm/eastern time on Fox.