Reed Sorenson off-week news 2009-03-11

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Nobody in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage is ready for an off weekend more than No. 43 Dodge driver Reed Sorenson who hopes a little time away from the track will end his recent bad luck. Sorenson crashed on lap two at Atlanta ...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Nobody in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage is ready for an off weekend more than No. 43 Dodge driver Reed Sorenson who hopes a little time away from the track will end his recent bad luck. Sorenson crashed on lap two at Atlanta after suffering a similar fate a week before at Las Vegas. When Sorenson has raced the Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge, the 23-year-old Georgian has shown considerable speed posting a ninth-place finish at Daytona. That speed gives Sorenson the confidence to take on Bristol Motor Speedway where he owns a third-place finish in a 2006 Nationwide Series race.

SORENSON ON BRISTOL-- "It's a pretty cool place. I think I have run pretty well there over the last few years but we don't have a lot to show for it. It's one of those tracks where you can have a great run going, but if you get caught up in somebody's mess then your day goes bad pretty quick. I finished third there in the first Nationwide Series race I entered at Bristol so I'm confident that if we can avoid bad luck I can get the job done and we'll be OK."

SEASON SO FAR-- "I don't even feel like the season has really started for us yet. We ran great at Daytona but I don't feel I've had a chance to show how good we are. California and Atlanta were ruined because we had something break in practice then early in the race. Ve gas was going really good until the wreck. So when we've gotten to run, we have run well and that's what gives us confidence. We're better than what we have shown."

SORENSON ON OFF WEEKEND-- "I'm heading down to Daytona Beach this weekend to just hang out. I think ill spend some time on the beach and maybe swim a little if it isn't too cold. Of course I'll work out and maybe play a little golf. This weekend is just about getting away from racing, relaxing and getting recharged for Bristol and the rest of the schedule."

PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA ON THE CAR AT BRISTOL-- "You know every one wants to do well out here. But I can't think of a sponsor I have ever had where you felt like you wanted to do something extra special on the track. PVA helps a group of people who've probably given as much for this country as anyone has given."

RICHARD PETTY ON PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA- "You know, I want to tell anyone serving in our military thank you. Thank you for doing what you are doing over there so all of us can do what we are doing over here. This country needs a strong defense and everyone serving in our military deserves our thanks. We've had a chance to hang out with the Air Force people who've come to the races this season and we really mean it when we say we are honored that they think enough of us to support us like they have and do what they are doing for this country."

-credit: prm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Reed Sorenson