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Zephyrhills' David Reutimann enjoys a bit of bargaining power

The top highlight for both David Reutimann and his Michael Waltrip Racing team was his victory last year at the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600.

Associated Press (2009)

The top highlight for both David Reutimann and his Michael Waltrip Racing team was his victory last year at the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600.

CONCORD, N.C. — David Reutimann wants a multiyear contract out of his current negotiations with Michael Waltrip Racing.

The Zephyrhills native has had a series of one-year deals since joining MWR in 2007, and extended job security is one of the things he's seeking during talks on another contract extension.

"I'd like to get a multiyear deal because it puts your mind at ease," Reutimann said this week during an appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's always in the back of your mind, that concern about what's going to happen next year, and I really think it can take away from what you are trying to accomplish."

Reutimann gave the organization its only Sprint Cup victory last May at the Coca-Cola 600, and he won a Nationwide series race in 2007 at Memphis for MWR.

He and Kyle Busch are the only two drivers in NASCAR to win at least one race in NASCAR's top three series driving a Toyota.

Reutimann, 40, the most famous product of a longtime Tampa Bay area racing family, joked that he has leverage for the first time.

"Contract stuff, you have to go back and forth a little bit, and I'm just kind of getting used to that," he said. "Usually I just walk in and it's, 'You want me to drive? Yeah! Where do I sign?' In the past, there's never been a negotiation."

Reutimann, who flirted with a spot in Sprint Cup's Chase for the Champion­ship last season, says he wants to stay at MWR.

"I am not in the garage talking to anybody," he said. "They put something in front of me and we're trying to work around some things, and hopefully we'll be able to come up with a good compromise that makes everybody happy."

Reutimann then paused.

"You know what? Not everybody happy. Something so I'll be happy," he laughed. "No, I'm just joking."

Zephyrhills' David Reutimann enjoys a bit of bargaining power 05/14/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 14, 2010 9:37pm]
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