REED SORESON (No. 43 McDonalds Dodge Charger) CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE TEAMWORK THE RPM GUYS HAD IN HELPING THE 44 GET INTO THE 500? "(We had a meeting). It wasn't so much for me or Elliott (Sadler); it was to make sure that we got the 44 in the...
REED SORESON (No. 43 McDonalds Dodge Charger)
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE TEAMWORK THE RPM GUYS HAD IN HELPING THE 44 GET INTO THE 500? "(We had a meeting). It wasn't so much for me or Elliott (Sadler); it was to make sure that we got the 44 in the race. The meeting (we had) before the Duel...all the spotters were up there together...and all the people on the pit box to let us know where AJ (Allmendinger) was and where the guys he was racing were and what that situation was. We just had to make sure that (the 44) got into the race."
THAT WAS A VERY UNSELFISH THING TO DO, GO BACK AND HELP A TEAMMATE OUT LIKE YOUR DID? "Yeah, at one point in the race we weren't all running together and couldn't keep up with the lead pack...none of us could. We (Dodge's) ended up all together which was good in case we had to pit under green, so we were out there running together. At the end of the race, I was able to push AJ (Allmendinger) on that restart really good. I gave him a really good push into (Turn) 1 and he was able to stay up there and get that transfer spot."
HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS RACE TRACK GOING TO BE ON SUNDAY IN THE DAYTIME VERSUS THE NIGHT RACING? "You just gain grip (at night). It's really slick when it's hot out. It's not really about balance one way or another. You lose front and rear grip really quick when it's sunny and hot. It gets greasy out there and the tires seem to go away twice as fast. Last year during the Daytona 500 (when it started to get shady and dark) every five or ten laps you'll be able to gain a little more grip."
SO PATIENCE PLAYS A ROLE IN NOT FORCING TOO MUCH EARLY IN THE RACE? "In our situation, we just have to put ourselves in a position with 50 laps to go where we're in the front group...or near the front group. You have to have good pit stops...especially the last two....and try to be in the top 10 with 10 laps to go."
THREE OF THE LAST FOUR DAYTONA 500 RACES HAVE ENDED IN A GREREN-WHITE CHECKER; WHEN DO YOU DECIDE YOUR STRATEGY FOR THE LAST FEW LAPS AS A DRIVER? "You really just look at who's around you. Everybody around you dictates just as much about what's going to happen as you do. You look at who's directly in front of you, and then you look two or three cars ahead and think about what they're going to do. Then you have to think about who's behind you and what they're going to do and then look behind them three of four spots and see what they're going to do. You just have to make sure you don't get hung out by yourself."
DO YOU AS A DRIVER DICTATE WHO YOU'LL GO WITH ON THE LAST FEW LAPS? "Yeah. It's hard to make deals because sometimes guys don't' hold up to them. It's hard to plan things out with this kind of race because the only ones that you can depend on are your teammates. If you have a teammate in front of you or teammate behind you, they are going to go with you. That's all you can depend on. The rest is just trying to make the best guess you can."
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