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David Reutimann

David Reutimann has quietly jumped to 15th in the point standings.

So David Reutimann wasn’t your pre-season prediction to earn a spot in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, was he? Well, if you could turn back the clock and do it all over again, you might choose differently, as Reutimann has quietly crept up the point standings and is now within striking distance of the top 12—the magical number of drivers who will score a shot at the series championship following the 26th race of the season—“One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 11.

Reutimann earned his first victory of the season Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway by .727-seconds over Carl Edwards. The win enabled Reutimann to climb two spots in the point standings to 15th—96 points behind 12th-place Clint Bowyer. It was the fourth top-five for Reutimann in 2010. Rounding out the top-five of the Chicagoland race are Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray.

Bowyer’s fourth-place finish was a sweet one, vaulting him into the top-12 and knocking out Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished 23rd. Bowyer leads Earnhardt Jr. by only 15 points, followed by Mark Martin (37 points back), Reutimann and Ryan Newman (99 points behind Bowyer).

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes a weekend off before hitting the road for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which marks the fourth of ten events in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” which culminates at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 11. Following “One Last Race to Make The Chase,” the points will reflect who’s in and who’s out for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Tickets are on sale now for the final and deciding event of the “Race to The Chase.” Once the checkered flag drops, concluding “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 11, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend begins on Friday, September 10, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-RACE (7223). Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the new-for-2010 Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider .

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