David Reutimann is officially one-and-done at BK Racing, as the team has announced a mutual decision between themselves and the Florida native to part ways effective immediately.
Reutimann ran just one year with BKR. He had a dismal 2013, posting just one Top-20 all season (16th at the Daytona 500) and finishing 33rd in the Sprint Cup championship. Additionally, he scored the fewest points (465) and led the fewest laps (one, at Phoenix in March) among competitors that raced in all 36 Cup races.
“Due to the current uncertainty of the team’s 2014 driver lineup, driver David Reutimann has decided not to pursue a seat with BK Racing for 2014,” the team said in a statement. “No official driver lineup for the upcoming season is currently available at this time.”
Reutimann is a two-time race winner on the Cup circuit but has not won since 2010. In fact, he hasn’t earned a Top-10 finish since finishing seventh for Michael Waltrip Racing in the 2011 fall race at Phoenix.
As for who could take over Reutimann’s now-former ride, the No. 83 Toyota, Alex Bowman may be the prime candidate. Bowman subbed in for Reutimann during last month’s NASCAR aero testing at Charlotte and is slated to test the car again during this week’s Preseason Thunder sessions at Daytona.
Meanwhile, Ryan Truex has announced that he will be testing BK Racing’s other machine, the No. 93 Toyota, during the Thunder sessions. Travis Kvapil drove the No. 93 last season.
Two races remain in the 2019 Supercross season and the handwriting is on the wall. Cooper Webb’s magic number is now five; all he needs to do in the final two races is finish fifth or better. Since he has finished worse than that only twice this year – and not since Week 5 in San Diego – it’s a fair assumption that he will keep his momentum alive through the end of the season.
Webb’s competition is not going to let up, however. Last week in Denver, Eli Tomac won his second consecutive race after Webb got off to a slow start. There was a glimmer of hope while Webb was outside the top five on Lap 1, but the points leader meticulously picked off the competition and settled into second. Third in the standings, Marvin Musquin finished third to keep his title hopes alive as well.
But this is Supercross. Anything can happen. Just two weeks ago in the 250 class, Austin Forkner tweaked a knee and failed to start the Feature in Nashville. His one-race cushion evaporated in an instant and his advantage over the field is only three points with two races remaining in that division.
Two weeks ago at Nashville, Tyler Enticknap and Ronnie Stewart crashed hard and will be missing from the New Jersey lineup.
In 250s, it took an injury for the field to catch up to Forkner. He’ll be back in competition this week and forced to answer the question of whether he is in full form after undergoing therapy on his knee for the past three weeks. Since none of the 250 East riders have beaten him on the track, the answer would seem to be a simple one.
But now the competition senses weakness which is likely to be compounded by Forkner’s propensity to struggle in practice and qualification. Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper have been racking up top-fives, but now they need to step up and win. If either rider can do that this week in New Jersey or next week in the East/West Showdown in Vegas, that should allow him to snatch the championship away from 2019’s dominator.