David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip Racing

by KFFL Staff on January 19, 2011 @ 18:17:00 PDT

 


David Reutimann | No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine/TUMS/ Best Western Toyota | Michael Waltrip Racing

David Reutimann

Reutimann had his second straight top-20 season last year, but in the end, he was never able to mount a push towards a playoff spot. He won a race for the second year in a row and recorded a career-best six top-five finishes, but his average finish slipped from 16.4 in 2009 to 18.1 last season. He finished the year 18th in points.

Consistency eluded Reutimann throughout the 2010 season. He opened the year with three straight top-15 finishes, but he then followed the hot start with six straight finishes of 20th or worse. He rebounded with four straight top-15s heading into the All-Star race, but the roller coaster continued all year. The high point was his victory at Chicagoland that included a late battle for the lead with Jeff Gordon. The low point came during an ugly retaliation incident involving Kyle Busch at Kansas.

Despite the bumps in the road, there were some encouraging signs in 2010. He remained a top-20 driver at intermediate tracks, and he posted an 8.5 average finish at the restrictor-plate tracks. He also showed signs of life at short tracks late in the year, finishing second at Bristol and 15th at Richmond. Reutimann will have to continue to improve this all-around production if he ever wants to make the Chase.

From a fantasy standpoint, Reutimann is a late second- or early third-round pick. He is usually reliable at the intermediate ovals, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect all-around production out of him. Draft him to be mainly an intermediate track starter, and if he ends up outperforming his previous numbers, that's great. If he doesn't, you will be prepared with a backup plan at short tracks and road courses.

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