Start ‘N’ Park Blog is taking a look back at the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver by driver. This recap will take a look at the driver’s stats, the season’s highlights, the season’s lowlights, what a quick look at next year. This installment takes a look back at David Reutimann who finished in the 34th place in the final standings.
Preseason Pick: 33rd
Top 5s: 0
Top 10s: 0
What Was Said Prior To The Season:
“This deal was thrown together not too long ago. It seems like a win-win for all parties, Reutimann is an experience driver who has won before and Tommy Baldwin is a genius behind the wrench. Baldwin will start off as Reutimann’s crew chief, it hasn’t been determined if he will pass off duties as time goes on. The snag for this whole deal is there are no sponsors for either Tommy Baldwin Racing team. Another negative is Reutimann’s deal is for 26 of the 36 races, but there is a silver lining. Reutimann proclaimed there would be no starting and parking for this bunch. I think if they show some promise, a driver like Reutimann could surely bring in a sponsor, like how it fell into place last year with the other team with Dave Blaney and Golden Corral. UPDATED Reutimann’s off races will be raced by Danica Patrick so at least he should be in prime positioning to keep in that top 35 that guarantees him in the show.”
What Happened In 2012:
Reutimann did a respectful job of getting to 25 of the 36 races in 2012 after Michael Waltrip Racing so unceremoniously dumped him before he could get a good ride at the end of 2011. He did most of his dirty work for Tommy Baldwin Racing, trying to keep the #10 car in the top 35 in points so Danica Patrick wouldn’t have to get into races based on speed. He keep good to his work by not parking races, although he ruined the end of the Spring Martinsville race by staying out too long to maintain positioning. This was one of the many reason NASCAR got rid of the top 35 rule.
On To 2013:
Not sure what Reutimann has on tap for 2013, I presume it’ll be back with TBR, but not sure. He did make Phoenix with a brand new team, whose plans are also a mystery. Reutimann will be around next year, just not sure what division he’ll be in.