By admin | June 1, 2009
By Richard Allen
David Reutimann’s #00 Michael Waltrip Racing team has to be counted among the biggest surprises of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season so far. He has amassed seven Top 15 finishes and currently sits in the 13th spot in the overall standings.
Reutimann has actually been higher in the standings this season but had faltered in the weeks leading up the races in Charlotte. Prior to Memorial Day weekend he had placed no better than 26th in the previous three races.
Things changed for the better and coming into the Autism Speaks 400 at the Dover International Speedway this past Sunday Reutimann seemed as though he was back on track. He had scored his first Sprint Cup victory in the previous Monday’s running of the Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
It looked as if this team’s luck had completely turned around.
‘The Franchise’ added to his week of good fortune when he grabbed the pole for the race in Dover. However, that’s where the good run ended. Reutimann was caught a lap down when he pitted then had a caution come out before all the lead lap cars had stopped for service.
Later, the #00 suffered slight damage from an accident when Reutimann had to spin to avoid the wrecked car of David Stremme.
Reutimann’s 18th in Dover caused him to hold station in 13th place of the standings. He is 31 points removed from the all important 12th position, but there are still 13 races before the Chase for the Championship cutoff.
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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