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Reutimann to drive for team from Morristown

March 11th, 2014 8:07 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Reutimann to drive for team from Morristown

Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that David Reutimann will be driving the No. 35 Ford in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The team owned by Morristown businessman Bob Jenkins will now have three drivers named David to compete against the giants of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

David Ragan, the winner of last spring’s Talladega race, will be in the No. 34 Ford, and David Gilliland will drive the No. 38 Ford.

Reutimann takes over the car normally driven by Josh Wise to make his first start of the 2014 season.

“Driving for Front Row Motorsports is a great opportunity with a great organization,” Reutimann said. “I miss being at the track on Sundays so I’m really looking forward to it. I think it’s pretty cool and can’t wait to get to Bristol.”

Reutimann, a 43-year-old Florida driver with two career Sprint Cup wins, has 11 career starts at Bristol. His best finish at the .533-mile oval is a runner-up finish to Kyle Busch in the 2010 IRWIN Tools Night Race.

Front Row has been competitive on the restrictor-plate tracks with Ragan and Gilliland 1-2 in the aforementioned Talladega race. Bristol has been one of the team’s best non-plate tracks with Ragan finishing 12th in August.

“We are very much champing at the bit to get back there and see how things go based on the changes we’ve had this year,” Ragan said. “I think the racetrack has aged well since they’ve ground the top. You’ve got some guys who can really make their cars run well on the bottom groove, and you’ve got guys running around the top. I think it’s one of the best tracks we go to.”

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The Thor Mega Series season opener was held March 2 at Muddy Creek Raceway with nearly 700 riders from 15 states competing.

North Carolina rider Nathan Laporte powered his Kawasaki to a clean sweep of 450 Pro motos. Georgia rider Colby Mullins, also on a Kawasaki, finished second in the overall standings with Adam Britt of Johnson City racing his Yamaha to a third-place finish..

Marshall Welton of Ulby, Mich., rode his Honda to a win in the 250 Pro division, and again Mullins was the runner-up. Maryland rider Jacob Runkles was third.

Bobby Mashburn of Jonesborough headlined a list of local competitors in other divisions, racing his Suzuki to the win in the 60+ title.

Logan McConnell of Kingsport took home two victories. He edged West Virginia rider Peyton Wells for the 250B overall title, and also  captured the 450B title.

Jacob Austin of Jonesborough was runner-up in two classes (Schoolboy 2 and 250C), while Blake Birchfield of Roan Mountain was second in the (65cc D) class.

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Volunteer Speedway opens its season with the 13th annual “Spring Thaw” this Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s action will feature a $4,000-to-win Super Late Model 40-lap event, along with a 30-lap race for the Crate Late Models.

The ‘Spring Thaw’ on Saturday is headlined by a $10,000-to-win Super Late Model feature. There will also be qualifying and heat races, along with a 30-lap Steel-Head Late Model feature.

Gates open at 6 p.m. each day at the 4?10-mile dirt track off Tennessee exit 23 on Interstate 81. Hotlaps begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by qualifying and racing.

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