Career Finish For Reutimann

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A fourth-place finish in Sunday's Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series run in the career of Michael Waltrip Racing's David Reutimann.

The solid day was made even more impressive by the fact that Reutimann was forced to start near the rear of the field after the No. 00 team changed engines following qualifying.

"People say, 'Well, it's a fluke,' or 'They've lucked out,'" Reutimann said. "But we started about last and we came up through there up into the top 10 and had an oil leak and went back to about 25th or so and drove up through there and ended up getting a top-five finish.

"At the end of the day, I'm proud of my guys, they did a great job, and it doesn't get any better than that."

After posting a pair of ninth-place finishes as his career-best Cup runs in the past, Reutimann's Las Vegas performance has lifted the spirits - and confidence level - of the entire MWR organization.

"It's such a team effort all the way around," Reutimann said. "I had great pit stops and everything we needed today to run up front, and when you have those pieces in place you can actually do that on occasion. It's not as easy as it looks for some of these guys – Kyle Busch makes it look like he can just walk out there and finish in the top five. For a young organization, I'm really proud of what we’ve done."

Reutimann was impressive in the second half of the 2008 season and his hot start to this year has him sitting fifth in the standings heading into this weekend's trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"Having Aaron's on board for a full year – the only way you can repay a sponsor like Aaron's is to get them some good runs, and I think we're trying to pay back a little bit for what they’ve done to us. It's been great. I love my team. My crew chief [Rodney Childers] is doing a great job. The organization is doing great and the cars are exceptional. If we just keep doing this, knocking on the door, we’ll get ourselves in the right position.

"You are just kind of relieved if anything. You run around here for a couple of years and try to get close to winning one of these things. We're a little closer than what we were. It feels good to be where we are."

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