Darlington: Reed Sorenson preview

Target Team Fast Facts: * Switching It Up: The Target team has reversed the colors of its primary paint scheme for this weekend's race at Darlington Raceway. What was red is now white and visa versa. The scheme ran last week in...

Target Team Fast Facts:

* Switching It Up: The Target team has reversed the colors of its primary paint scheme for this weekend's race at Darlington Raceway. What was red is now white and visa versa. The scheme ran last week in Richmond and will also be displayed at other night races this season including the All-Star Open (5/20), Lowe's (5/28 and 10/14) and Daytona (7/1).

* Honor Thy Mother: This weekend Darlington Raceway will honor many of the NASCAR mothers by introducing them during driver introductions prior to the start of the Dodge Charger 500. Sorenson's mother Becky, who has played a pivotal role in his racing career, will be on hand Saturday for the festivities.

* Staying Busy: Sorenson continued to familiarize himself with the newly paved Lowe's Motor Speedway, testing on Mon. and Tues. at the 1.5-mile speedway. This time, however, he was behind the wheel of the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge. The Lowe's test marked the last NASCAR scheduled test for the Busch Series teams in '06.

* NEXTEL Cup Points Report: Sorenson and the Target team are 26th in the overall standings after their 23rd-place effort in the last event at Richmond International Raceway. The team is 76 points out of 20th and 164 points out of 15th heading into Darlington.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team have selected chassis #404 for this weekend's NEXTEL Cup event at Darlington. This is the same car Sorenson captured his first career NEXTEL Cup top-10 finish with at Atlanta on Mar. 20.

* Rookie Round Up: Sorenson currently sits fifth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 83 points. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 24 points. Sorenson has captured rookie of the race honors in two of the nine races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th-place finish, Martinsville -- 12th).

* Busch Series Update: Sorenson is 13th in the overall Busch Series standings heading into Darlington. The Discount Tire team is 39 points out of 10th and 206 out of the top five.

Reed Sorenson on Darlington...

"Probably the toughest thing about racing at Darlington is you are most likely going to make contact with the wall there at some point, but the cool thing is you can just keep on trucking most of the time. Racing there is just like any other track as far as how good your car is. Darlington does have a big drop off on tires so it may be extra critical that you have your car dialed in there than at some other tracks, because there's a big difference between the guys who run up front and the mid-pack. Tires fall off about a tenth every lap. It's definitely a big tire wear place.

"The most important thing that you'll hear all week is you have to race the track and not the other competitors. That is so true. You have to run your own race at Darlington because if you're overdriving, trying to run someone down, you'll find yourself in the wall in a hurry."

Reed Sorenson on his mother and her involvement with his racing career...

"My mom took care of a lot of the business side of my racing career. All of the paper work the team needed to have done, my mom had a hand in it. She did all of that stuff and then worked for my dad, too. Both of them did a lot for me, but dad and I joked sometimes that she liked racing so much that she liked it even more than we did.

"As far as my racing goes now, it's nice my parents don't have to work so much anymore because up to this point they worked a lot. It was a lot of hard work to get me where I am today and they have been there through all of that. Now, they can just sit back and enjoy the racing.

"I think everybody whose parents have helped them pursue a dream or goal, want to give back to them everything they've given to us. I am sure one day when I have kids I'll be the same way they were with me. I don't know if you can ever really pay your parents back though. You would like to, but there is probably nothing you could ever do to match what they did for 15 years when I was growing up racing. A lot of money was spent and time taken to help me through it all. I'll definitely never forget everything they did and still do for me."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson