STP 400 Race Report
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series | Race 8 of 36 | Sunday, April 21, 2013
David Reutimann’s No. 83 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota at Kansas Speedway
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2013) – David Reutimann and the No. 83 Dr. Pepper Toyota team finished 28th at Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon. After starting outside the top 30, Reutimann and his BK Racing team were able to adjust the handling of the Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry throughout the 400-mile race to finish in the 28th position.
Competitors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Kansas Speedway for the first time with the new “Generation 6” car and for only the second time since the track was repaved in the spring of 2012. With the track tighter than usual, Reutimann and the No. 83 Burger King / Dr. Pepper team adjusted accordingly starting the race with a slightly loose setup.
Track conditions varied more than expected, and like most of the field, Reutimann was left fighting a loose car during the early laps of the STP 400. With a long race, Reutimann and the No. 83 Burger King / Dr. Pepper team utilized each pit stop to adjust on the handling of their Toyota Camry. By the closing laps, Reutimann was pleased with the balance of his car and was able to navigate the turns without issue. After 400-miles at the mile-and-a-half Midwest track, Reutimann crossed the finish line in the 28th position.
“Our Burger King / Dr. Pepper team never gave up this weekend,” commented Reutimann. “The balance of our car was off early in the race, and we had to fight really hard to pick up positions. However, the team continued to work hard making changes and trying to get our No. 83 Toyota handling like we needed it. We were able to keep picking up positions, and by the closing laps of the race moved inside the top 30 to finish in the 28th position. We have had some bad luck early in this season, but we aren’t letting that get us down. I can’t thank my guys enough for sticking with this and continuing to give it their best effort. We’re moving in the right direction; we just need a little momentum. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car next weekend at Richmond International Raceway.”
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take on another short track at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Saturday, April 27. Fans can tune in on SPEED on Friday, April 26 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. EDT for practice from the 0.75-mile speedway. Qualifying to set the 43-car field will be held on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. EDT and will also be broadcast on SPEED. Live coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 will air on FOX, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 27. As always, fans can visit BKRacing.com, twitter.com/bkracing8393 or facebook.com/bkracing8393 for the latest news and updates about David Reutimann and the No. 83 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry team.