I'll be honest; I'm not a fan of either, but it seems to me that Reuti is getting the short end of Waltrip's ego stick.
Let's face it, Michael Waltrip is not a great race car driver. He his, by comparison to other, mediocre at best. His wins versus races ratio, 4 wins in about 765 races pretty much sucks against other drivers. But he wants to stay in a car and show that he can still lose. So he gets his old buddy Mark Martin to run some races, but puts his own caboose in the drivers seat at the big plate tracks so he can show that he still has what he never really had.
It's all for his ego, and he didn't care that Reuti got burned by it.
It's kind of like the suffering of us poor Cleveland Indian's fans: we love our Tribe, and we love our players, and while they do well here it's only after they go other places that they truly succeed at the game. I hope for David's sake that he has left his Indian's and goes on to better things.
"Where there's Smoke, There's Racin'!"