By admin | March 3, 2009
By Richard Allen
2009 has gotten off to a great start for David Reutimann, especially when compared against his start in 2008.
After the first three races this season Reutimann has scored a 4th place in Las Vegas and has had no finish worse than 14th. He was 12th in the Daytona 500 and had that 14th place run in Fontana, California.
Reutimann currently sits in the 5th spot of the Sprint Cup standings.
Last year at this time, the same driver was 31st in the standings after an 18th in Daytona, a 23rd in California and a 37th in Vegas. Then, he was driving #00 for Michael Waltrip Racing but was waiting to take over the #44 ride upon Dale Jarrett’s retirement.
Now, Reutimann is driving a #00 for MWR but it is the same team he moved into after the spring of 2008 race in Bristol, which was at that time the #44.
The good news for this team started even before the season began. Aaron’s, their primary sponsor, announced they would take up sponsorship for the entire season rather than a partial schedule which had been the original plan.
Last year Reutimann had four Top 10s over the course of the entire season on his way to a 22nd place finish in the final standings. He took the pole for the season ending race in Homestead, Florida.
Granted, it is still very early, but if David Reutimann continues at his current pace 2009 promises to be a major upgrade for both the driver and Michael Waltrip’s Toyota team. As of now, this driver and team easily rate as most improved over 2008.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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