Reutimann Riding High

David Reutimann heads to Dover International Speedway on the heels of his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 10, a feat he accomplished this past weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The Michael Waltrip Racing pilot eclipsed his previous best Cup Series finish of 13th at Richmond in 2007.

For Reutimann and the UPS No. 44 team, Sunday's effort at Charlotte was another step in a promising season.

“It was a good effort for everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota did a great job -- UPS for sticking with us through this whole program and we haven’t really done much to deliver any good finishes," Reutimann said. "I think this is maybe a start for things to come and I appreciate them sticking with me and everybody at the shop."

"I managed to run the top side of the race track all night without knocking the right side off, so that’s a good start. I enjoyed it -- the guys did a great job and the pit stops were good. All in all our team’s coming together and I can’t wait until the next race.”

Reutimann feels like the recent progress is overdue and something he hopes can be built on, beginning this week in Dover.

“We’re doing what we should be doing right now," he said. "It’s not any one thing -- it’s a bunch of little things we’re doing better. It just goes to show how tough this business is when a team like Hendrick can struggle for a race or two or whatever."

"It just shows you how competitive and how tough it is and there’s no sure things in this business. I have to thank Toyota Racing Development because the motor ran flawless the whole race.”

Reutimann will need to improve on last June's visit to Dover when he failed to qualify at the "Monster Mile."

He did make the fall race and started 13th with an 18th place finish.

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