Loudon II: Reed Sorenson preview

Target Team Fast Facts: Back to Normal: The familiar red and white Target paint scheme returns to the track this weekend after a one-week hiatus. Last weekend's Nicorette paint scheme was the last primary special paint scheme change for the No.

Target Team Fast Facts:

Back to Normal: The familiar red and white Target paint scheme returns to the track this weekend after a one-week hiatus. Last weekend's Nicorette paint scheme was the last primary special paint scheme change for the No. 41 Target car this season.

Optimistic Return: Sorenson and the Target team had one of their best NEXTEL Cup Series performances to date in the last event at New Hampshire. After qualifying ninth, Sorenson ran in the top-five for more than half of the 300 laps and led a total of 31 laps. Headed for a third-place finish, an untimely last-lap caution forced the Target team to pit for fuel prior to a green-white-checkered finish, relegating Sorenson to 24th.

Rookie Round Up: Sorenson is currently third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 186 points. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 65 points and second place Clint Bowyer by 21. Sorenson has captured rookie of the race honors in five of the 26 races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th, Martinsville -- 12th, Michigan -- fifth, Chicagoland -- seventh, Michigan 2 - eighth).

Reed Sorenson on New Hampshire...

"We were a legitimate contender for the win in the last New Hampshire race, but we had to forfeit our track position because of the last lap caution. We weren't going to make it on fuel so we had to pit prior to the green-white-checker. We're taking the same car and it's a new short track car that we're very pleased with. We ran it last week at Richmond and it performed very well. We kept losing track position by getting blocked into the pits, but overall the car was pretty solid in the handling department. I appreciate the guys getting it turned around for this weekend and I expect to be equally as good, if not better, than we were the first time at New Hampshire. And, we'll have better fuel mileage this time around."

-credit: www.chipganassiracing.com

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson