BUSCH: Las Vegas Preseason Thunder, day 17 report

NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Las Vegas - Day 17 * Reed Sorenson looking forward to running in two series full time in 2006 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2006) -- Looking forward to his rookie season in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition,...

NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Las Vegas - Day 17

* Reed Sorenson looking forward to running in two series full time in 2006

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2006) -- Looking forward to his rookie season in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tires Dodge) returns to the NASCAR Busch Series as one of several drivers who will be competing full time in both series. After finishing fourth in the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series standings, he's considered a favorite to win the NASCAR Busch Series championship in 2006.

Sorenson sees the opportunity as much about track time as it is about winning.

"For the most part, running both series is all about gaining experience with seat time," said Sorenson, who is one of 43 drivers participating in NASCAR Busch Series testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week. "I still have a lot to learn and I believe running in both series will help shorten the learning curve and keep me focused. It's going to be an extremely busy year, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"I believe that you can feed off of the momentum of each series. If you have a good run on Saturday (in NASCAR Busch Series competition), then your confidence is high going into Sunday's race. If you run well in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, then you carry that over to the next weekend."

Sorenson got his initial confidence last year when he won two races and finished second to Carl Edwards (No. 60 Ameriquest/Henkel Ford) in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. He was locked in a close rookie battle all season, not only with Edwards, but with Jon Wood (No. 47 Clorox Ford), Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) and J.J. Yeley (No. 18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet). Three of those drivers (Edwards, Hamlin and Yeley) will join Sorenson in running in both series this year.

With another strong rookie class that includes Todd Kluever (No. 06 3M Ford), Danny O'Quinn (No. 50 World Financial Group Ford), Burney Lamar (No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet) and Mark McFarland (No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet), Sorenson offered some perspective to this year's NASCAR Busch Series rookie class.

"I think just how we're approaching it," said Sorenson. "Don't worry as much about what your competitors are doing each week and stay focused on your goals and let everything fall in place."

So what are Sorenson's goals for the NASCAR Busch Series in 2006?

"To win the championship," said Sorenson. "We think we have the team to do it and we're certainly going to give it our all. Our goals are to go out there and do the best we can each week and we'll see how it ends up."

Kluever ready for his NASCAR Busch Series debut ... After testing at both Daytona International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, rookie Todd Kluever is ready to make his NASCAR Busch Series debut. "I had a great time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona last year, although I still have yet to finish a race there," said Kluever, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2005 Raybestos Rookie of the Year. "This year I not only want to finish the race, but finish well enough to not have to dig ourselves out of a hole in the points early in the season."

Up next for the NASCAR Busch Series ... The 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season -- the 25th anniversary of series sponsor Anheuser-Busch -- begins Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. ET with the Hershey's Kissables 300 Daytona.

Fast Facts

What: NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing for 2006.

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Track Layout: 1.5-mile tri-oval.

When: Mon., Feb. 6 -- Wed., Feb. 8.

Times: 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.; Lunch from Noon -- 1 p.m. (PT)

Who: John Andretti, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Spencer Clark, Stacy Compton, Carl Edwards, David Gilliland, David Green, Mark Green, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Tracy Hines, Ron Hornaday Jr., Kasey Kahne, Joel Kauffman, Jason Keller, Matt Kenseth, Todd Kluever, Jason Leffler, Burney Lamar, Stephen Leicht, Kevin Lepage, Ashton Lewis Jr., Mark McFarland, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Joe Nemechek, Danny O'Quinn, Steve Park, Ken Schrader, Jay Sauter, Johnny Sauter, Tim Sauter, Regan Smith, Reed Sorenson, Paul Tracy, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Chris Wimmer, Jon Wood and J.J. Yeley.

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