Daytona II: Reed Sorenson preview

STATESVILLE, N.C -- Reed Sorenson was born after Richard Petty won his 200th race, but the 23-year-old appreciates the significance of that race's 25th anniversary this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Sorenson's No. 43 Dodge will carry...

STATESVILLE, N.C -- Reed Sorenson was born after Richard Petty won his 200th race, but the 23-year-old appreciates the significance of that race's 25th anniversary this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Sorenson's No. 43 Dodge will carry an Air Force paint scheme on the Fourth of July making for a very special weekend for the Richard Petty Motorsports driver. The Peachtree City, Georgia native finished ninth in the Daytona 500 and hopes for similar performance Saturday night on the superspeedway's high banks.

SORENSON ON DAYTONA WEEKEND: "I think every race fan appreciates how much Richard and all the Pettys have done for NASCAR and the world in general. There's probably nobody as recognizable as Richard. Winning 200 races is going to be very tough for anyone to ever repeat, but its probably going to be just as tough to find someone whose been as good of an ambassador for our sport as Richard has been for so many years. I was always a fan. I never got to see him race but my Dad told me about him and I got his autograph when I was little."

AIR FORCE PAINT SCHEME: "We've run the Air Force car a few times this year including on Memorial Day. I think it was pretty cool when NASCAR stopped the race to honor all the people who've made the sacrifices for the country that those people did. This weekend will be cool because it's July The Fourth and its going to be a lot of fun with all that is going on."

DAYTONA: "I know we ran really well down here in February. I don't know how much that will translate into this weekend. We feel like we are bringing a good car to Daytona. With restrictor plate racing you never know what can happen. I'm optimistic we'll do well. Getting Air Force a checkered flag on the Fourth of July would be about as good as it gets."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Reed Sorenson
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports