Richmond: Reed Sorenson preview

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- Reed Sorenson and his No. 43 McDonald's McCafe Dodge team visit Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. With a 12th-place finish at Phoenix and 11th-place finish at Talladega, the Richard ...

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- Reed Sorenson and his No. 43 McDonald's McCafe Dodge team visit Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. With a 12th-place finish at Phoenix and 11th-place finish at Talladega, the Richard Petty Motorsports team has scored the eighth most points in the last two races. Sorenson's climbed six spots to 24th in the driver point standings. The 23-year-old Georgian said he prefers the three-quarter mile Richmond track to the 2.66-mile restrictor plate track at Talladega where he dodged several wild accidents on Sunday and overcame a cut tire.

SORENSON ON RICHMOND-- "I like Richmond. It's getting better and better as the asphalt gets older because the groove seems to be getting wider and wider. We can now run two-wide around the track and you can move around the track to make your car better or worse. Richmond is one of the coolest tracks where you can run side by side and give a good show to the fans. It's a good size track with just enough banking to give it some speed and really good racing."

SORENSON ON TALLADEGA- "Obviously, as a driver, when you see a car go that close to the stands it's a safety hazard not only for us but for the people sitting up there which is something we should definitely avoid. I heard someone say yesterday it was a freak accident because the 39 (Ryan Newman) hit the 99 (Carl Edwards) and sent him up there. I don't think it was a freak accident be cause we run three-wide ten rows deep...of course when a car goes up in the air it's going to get hit by another one because we are in a pack inches away from each other. It's one of those races where you just try to make it through and hope nothing happens."

SORENSON ON SEASON- "Obviously, Talladega is what it is and you just try to stay out of the wrecks and get the best finish you can. We were pretty lucky there even though we had a cut tire that put us down a lap half way through the race. At Phoenix we had a good car on long runs and were able to finish well by passing a lot of cars. We've had a lot of bad luck this year but I think it is starting to turn. There isn't any great strategy other than just keep getting the best finishes we can and stay out of trouble. We've run pretty well this year but something always seems to happen. Now we are starting to finish races and the results show."

* Sorenson will drive chassis 275 at Richmond. This car raced at Atlanta this season.

* Sorenson will sign autographs at his merchandise hauler at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

* Sorenson started 12th and finished fifth in this races last year.

* Sorenson will race in the Inaugural "King's Cup Karting for a Cause" event on May 19th at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C. The event will feature a four-hour endurance go-kart race, along with appearances by Richard Petty and his drivers, entertainment and a silent auction. For more information visit www.pva.org/gokart

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Richard Petty , Carl Edwards , Reed Sorenson
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports