BUSCH: Loudon: Reed Sorenson preview

No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts: * Rank Update: Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Discount Tire team grabbed their fifth top 10 of the 2006 season at Chicagoland Speedway last Saturday, finishing eighth in the USG Durock 300. ...

No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts:

* Rank Update: Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Discount Tire team grabbed their fifth top 10 of the 2006 season at Chicagoland Speedway last Saturday, finishing eighth in the USG Durock 300. Sorenson and team now stand 18th in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings. The team is 63 points out of 15th and 167 out of 10th in the owner standings. Sorenson is 45 out from 15th and 252 points outside the top 10 in the driver standings.

* On the Cup Side: Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Team charged to a seventh-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup USG Sheetrock 400 this past Sunday. The driver and team put on an impressive display, racing from an 18th-place starting position to a seventh-place finish. Sorenson also captured Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth time in '06. Sorenson and the Target team moved up three positions in the overall NEXTEL Cup championship standings to 21st. The team is only 56 points out of 20th and 190 out of the top 15. Sorenson still stands third in the rookie race with 166 points, just 36 behind the rookie class leader Denny Hamlin.

* New Englander On Board: Doug Riepe, the rear-tire carrier for the No. 41 Discount Tire team, is a native New Englander hailing from Danbury, Conn. He is a 2000 graduate of Immaculate High School, and was named the 2000 Connecticut State Athlete of the Year. He moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2000 to pursue a higher education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., where he played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team for four years and then graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. Riepe came to CGRFS that following fall to work as an intern in the sponsorship relations department and has stayed on with the team ever since. You will also find him in the pits on Sundays, serving as pit support for the No. 40 CGRFS NEXTEL Cup team.

* Chassis: Brian Pattie and the No. 41 Discount Tire team are brining chassis #653 to New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend. The car was built this year and has only seen on-track action one time, which was at Phoenix International Raceway in April running as the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch car that Casey Mears drove to an eighth-place finish (started 19th).

Reed Sorenson's thoughts on New Hampshire International Speedway: "I have only run at New Hampshire one time and that was in the Busch race last year. We had a pretty good run and finished with a top-15. There were a lot of cautions that day and we successfully avoided those. That is usually half the battle when racing on shorter tracks. The other part is pit strategy and having a solid car that is fast because it is hard to pass. We were able to pick up a few positions on the track in the closing laps, so it isn't impossible to pass but it definitely isn't easy.

"We're taking a good car up there this weekend. It is the same car Casey [Mears] scored a top-10 finish with at Phoenix earlier this year, so with the extra seat time I will be getting on both sides I feel pretty good going into this weekend. The entire Busch program is on a high right now after Chicago. A win and top 10 isn't anything to sneeze at, so we definitely have some great momentum carrying us into this weekend's race."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Casey Mears , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson