BUSCH: Dover: Reed Sorenson preview

* Busch Series Update: Sorenson is 14th in the overall Busch Series driver standings heading into this weekend's race. The Discount Tire team is 127 points out of 10th and 255 out of the top five. * Team 41 Commit at Dover: ...

* Busch Series Update: Sorenson is 14th in the overall Busch Series driver standings heading into this weekend's race. The Discount Tire team is 127 points out of 10th and 255 out of the top five.

* Team 41 Commit at Dover: This weekend, the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix (CGRFS) Busch team will take on the blue and white colors to represent Commit--the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) stop smoking lozenge. The special paint scheme is the second run of a five-race partnership between GSK and the CGRFS Busch team. One of the GSK stop smoking products--Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit--can be seen on board with Reed Sorenson every weekend as an associate sponsor, but Commit will take center stage on the No. 41 Dodge this Saturday. GSK and CGRFS already teamed up to run the NicoDerm CQ car at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year, and will continue to work together to get the word out about helping everyone put out their bad smoking habits. Commit will also be highlighted on the No. 41 car when the Busch Series returns to Bristol in August. NicoDerm CQ will then return as the primary sponsor of the 41 Busch team two more times in September--at Dover and then at Kansas. Commit, Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ are the leading branded products to help smokers quit. This past March, Nicorette sponsored the NASCAR Busch Series race at Atlanta, which marked the first NASCAR race to ever be sponsored by a smoking cessation product. Nicorette is also on tap to sponsor the No. 41 Dodge in the NEXTEL Cup race at Richmond in September. This is GSK's second season as a sponsor of CGRFS.

* QUIT CREW: After a successful run with the CGRFS team last season, GSK launched a "QUIT CREW" program earlier this year that involves a smoking cessation initiative to help NASCAR team members quit smoking. In addition to stomping out the cigarettes inside the NASCAR garages, GSK also is on a mission to utilize its involvement with the popular motor sport to help millions of race fans increase their awareness about effective therapy to quit smoking. To see a mix of quitting tools and to learn more about the QUIT CREW program, go to www.quit2win.com.

* Getting it Done at Dover: Sorenson has posted some impressive results at Dover International Speedway in two Busch Series starts at the track known as The Monster Mile. He has an average starting position of 4.5 and an average finish of third. Sorenson's career best finish at the track was runner up in last season's June race. Sorenson has led a total of seven laps at Dover in Busch Series competition.

* Ellis Charity Auction Update: Last week, the entire CGRFS organization pulled together to raise money for the family of fellow teammate, Bill Ellis, who passed away in mid-April at the young age of 42. The team hosted a memorial charity auction last Thursday with all proceeds going into a trust fund that is being set up for Ellis' wife and three children. CGRFS held both the live and silent auction at its Concord, N.C. race shop and almost 200 items were auctioned off. The event raised more than $40,000 for the Ellis family. In addition to the auction, the team has placed three other items on eBay that are up for bid until next Friday, June 9, 2006. The items included are: an autographed side panel of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s black No. 8 car that raced in the Aaron's 499 just last month at Talladega Superspeedway; a Jack Ingram Skoal Busch Series fire suit that is autographed by the five-time Busch Series champion; and four VIP box tickets to the Nine Inch Nails concert coming to Charlotte, N.C. on June 10, 2006. Check out all of these items on eBay and don't delay. All proceeds will go to the Bill Ellis Memorial Fund.

* How They Rank: Heading into this weekend's race, Sorenson and the No. 41 CGRFS team are 14th in the overall Busch Series driver standings and 16th in the owner standings. They are 85 points out of 10th in the driver standings and 127 points out of 10th in the owner standings. They are 255 points out of fifth in both driver and owner standings.

* CGRFS NEXTEL News & Updates: Sorenson and the Target team are 20th in the overall standings after their 10th-place effort in the last event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The team is only 100 points out of 15th and 239 points out of the top 10.

* Chassis: Crew chief Brian Pattie and the No. 41 Commit Dodge team selected chassis #556 to run at Dover this weekend. It ran in a total of five events in 2005, including both NASCAR Busch Series races at Dover. The chassis helped the team score a total of four top-five finishes, including a second-place finish (started sixth) at Dover last June and a fourth-place finish (started third) at The Monster Mile last September. It also helped the CGRFS Busch team cruise to a fourth-place finish in the June race at Kentucky (started eighth) and November race at Texas (started ninth).

Sorenson comments on racing at The Monster Mile

"Dover was a really good track for us last season in the Busch car, and I'm hoping for some of the same results in both the Busch and Cup cars this weekend. I really like the track and its very fun to race on, especially if your car is handling well. It's extremely fast, so if the car is off a little bit you definitely have your hands full."

-cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Chip Ganassi , Reed Sorenson