DAVID REUTIMANN / ASPEN DENTAL RACING NEWS AND NOTES: MICHIGAN

THE RACE:

EVENT:  Alliance Truck Parts 250, Round 15 of 34 in the 2011 Nationwide Series

DATE / TIME:  Saturday, June 18, 2011, 3:30 PM ET

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VENUE:  Michigan Int’l Speedway, Brooklyn, MI (2.0-Mile Oval)

DISTANCE:  125 Laps, 250 Miles

TV (PRE-RACE):  NASCAR Countdown, ABC (Live-3:00 PM ET)

TV (RACE):  ABC (Live-3:30 PM ET)

RADIO: MRN Radio / Sirius (Live)

THE HEADLINES:

THE STORY:  Team Aspen Dental RWR’s David Reutimann (No. 64 Aspen Dental Toyota Camry) heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan this weekend on the heels of a top-five finish in his previous start with the team.  This weekend’s event will mark the first of four 2011 races in which Aspen Dental will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 64.  Reutimann will pilot the Aspen Dental Toyota in the events at Michigan, Kentucky and Bristol, while Jason Bowles will take the helm for the road course event at Watkins Glen.

HAPPY 500TH:  Should Reutimann start RWR’s No. 64 car in Saturday’s race, the event will mark Rusty Wallace’s 500th career start as a NNS car owner.  Wallace’s debut as an owner came while piloting his own No. 66 Alugard Pontiac to the pole position in the 1985 season opener at Daytona.  Wallace eventually finished fourth in that event.

DAVID REUTIMANN AT MICHIGAN:  David Reutimann owns three top-ten starts and one top-ten  finish in eight career Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan.  His Nationwide Series record at MIS includes one top-ten finish in four starts.

THE MACHINES:

TEAM 64 PRIMARY:  RWR-054-Chassis 054 has two starts in 2011, both with Steve Wallace at the helm.  Its best start was an eighth-place effort in February at Phoenix, while its best finish came with an 11th place effort at Bristol in March.

SPOTLIGHT ON SMILES:

ENTER TO WIN:  Race fans can visit aspendental.com/racing now through July 17th to enter to win a VIP trip to the August races in Bristol, TN.  The trip includes an exclusive opportunity to meet both Rusty Wallace and David Reutimann.

ABOUT ASPEN DENTAL:  One of the largest and fastest-growing networks of dental care providers in the U.S., Aspen Dental is committed to providing patients with affordable, high-quality care. With more than 290 locations in 22 states, each Aspen Dental practice is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.  In 2010, Aspen Dental practices recorded nearly 1.9 million patient visits, including visits from more than 422,000 new patients.  For more information on Aspen Dental practices and services, please visit aspendental.com.

FROM THE GARAGE:

LARRY CARTER (CREW CHIEF, NO. 64 ASPEN DENTAL TOYOTA CAMRY):  “We’re looking forward to having David Reutimann driving the Aspen Dental Toyota this weekend in Michigan.  The more feedback we get on our cars, the better it makes our entire team.  We had a good run with David at Dover and hopefully we can do it again.  Michigan’s a big, fast track where you have to have good handling, big horsepower and good fuel mileage too.  It seems like Michigan races almost always come down to fuel mileage, so we’ll be paying close attention to that on Saturday.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to put it all together and have a good run in the first race of the year for the  Aspen Dental Toyota Camry.”

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About Rusty Wallace Racing

North Carolina-based Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) is a professional auto racing team steeped in the legendary racing history of its founder, Rusty Wallace.  The team currently campaigns the No. 66 and No. 62 Toyota Camrys-driven by Steve Wallace and Michael Annett, respectively-in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  RWR will also campaign the No. 64 Camry in select 2011 events.  RWR entries have finished among the top-ten in the Nationwide Series driver or owner standings in each of the last three seasons.  For more on Rusty Wallace Racing, please visit the award-winning rustywallace.com.

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