Martinsville II: Reed Sorenson preview

Target Team Fast Facts: Target House Visit: Sorenson, along with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing IRL teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon, is scheduled to visit Target House on Wed., Oct. 18. The three will spend the day signing autographs...

Target Team Fast Facts:

Target House Visit: Sorenson, along with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing IRL teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon, is scheduled to visit Target House on Wed., Oct. 18. The three will spend the day signing autographs and playing video games with residents. Funded by Target and its vendor and celebrity partners, Target House is a unique long-term housing facility for families with children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R). As an extension of St. Jude's commitment to care for children regardless of the family's ability to pay, Target House provides fully furnished two-bedroom apartments, free-of-charge. St. Jude is the largest pediatric cancer research center in the world in terms of the number of patients enrolled in research protocols and successfully treated.

Testing 1,2,3...Sorenson, along with his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates Casey Mears, Juan Pablo Montoya and David Stremme, is testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) this week. The HMS test is the final session of the NASCAR determined testing schedule of seven tracks for 2006. Sorenson and Mears (Oct. 16 & 17), Montoya and Stremme (Oct. 17 & 18).

Note: Sorenson led the first session on Monday with a lap time of 31.459 sec./171.652 mph. His teammate Mears led the second session on Monday with a lap time of 31.200 sec./173.077 mph.

Moving on to Martinsville: After a disastrous weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) in both the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races, Sorenson is hoping to repeat his previous success at Martinsville Speedway. In two starts at the .526-mile short track Sorenson has a 12th-place effort in the NEXTEL Cup Series (Raybestos Rookie of the Race) and a fourth-place finish in the Busch Series, both coming this season.

NEXTEL Cup Points Report: Sorenson and the No. 41 team dropped one position to 25th in the overall standings after an accident eliminated them from the last event at LMS. With a total of 2997 points, the team is only 134 points out of 20th.

Rookie Round Up: Sorenson is currently third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 193 points. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 73 points and second place Clint Bowyer by 29. Sorenson has captured rookie of the race honors in five of the 31 races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th, Martinsville -- 12th, Michigan -- fifth, Chicagoland -- seventh, Michigan 2 - eighth).

Reed Sorenson on Martinsville...

"Our goal this weekend is to finish a race [smiles]. Really though, we've had a tough month and we need a good finish to get the Target team's morale back up and get us pointed in the right direction in the points. There are plenty of races left for us to get back inside of the top 20 and potentially get as high as 17th or 18th. This team is way better than our results show, especially in the last few races. We've had really fast cars and really bad luck. That's just the way the season has gone. Everyone is putting in 110% and will continue to do so until the checkered flag at Homestead. I still believe we can get a win before the season is over.

"We had a great run at Martinsville in the spring, and an even better run in the Busch car in July. I really like the track and we're taking our new short track car. It's extremely hard to pass so the keys to being successful there are qualifying up front and maintaining that track position with some solid pit strategy. Forward bite off the corner is also a premium if you're going to have a good run at Martinsville."

-credit: cgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing