Concrete answer: Defending winner Sorenson, top challenger Sauter look forward to Nashville DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2006) -- Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Coats Dodge) is looking to turn his NASCAR Busch Series season around. Mired in 17th...
Concrete answer: Defending winner Sorenson, top challenger Sauter look forward to Nashville
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2006) -- Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Coats Dodge) is looking to turn his NASCAR Busch Series season around. Mired in 17th place in the point standings, he feels good about that opportunity this weekend as the defending champion at Nashville Superspeedway. Johnny Sauter (No. 00 Yellow Transportation Chevrolet) is at the opposite end of the spectrum. He'd like to keep his hot streak going -- he's finished no lower than 15th in his last six races and is seventh in the points -- but he has yet to win a race at Nashville despite two top fives and three top-10 finishes in eight races there.
Regardless of the outcome of Saturday's race, both drivers can agree on one thing -- they thoroughly enjoy the 1.33-mile concrete track.
"We're really looking forward going back to Nashville and hopefully turning things around by getting a win this weekend," Sorenson said. "The team is excited about going back to a place we had success last year.
"The way we ran there last year, obviously the whole team feels more confident going in there. I think we won the first race by 14.417 seconds or something. [But] it's definitely going to be a lot tougher this year. "Kevin Harvick (No. 21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet) is running so you know he'll be really good. The Gibbs cars are running really good this year. We just hope we have as good a car as we did last year and hopefully we're able to battle for a win. This is definitely the race track we need to turn our season around [at]", he said.
Sorenson, Harvick and the Joe Gibbs Racing tandem of Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) and J.J. Yeley (No. 18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet) are three of seven drivers attempting to run fulltime in both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series this season.
Sauter is concentrating fulltime on his NASCAR Busch Series program, and sees Nashville as a track where he can utilize his strength on concrete to continue his own championship march.
"I'm in love with concrete race tracks. I've always run well at concrete tracks, whether it be Nashville, Dover, all those types of race tracks; I seem to adapt," he said.
"I've finished second twice at Nashville Superspeedway, but have never been able to pull into Victory Lane. They have a great race track out there, awesome fans and it's definitely one of my favorite race tracks to go to throughout the course of the year.
"I like that it's a stand-alone event," he said. "It's good for the [NASCAR] Busch Series. It's just good for the (series) regulars to get a little bit of an opportunity to not be under the microscope of the [NASCAR NEXTEL] Cup guys."