BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Reed Sorenson preview

Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge No. 41 TEAM FACTS: * Pole Position: Reed Sorenson celebrated his one year anniversary in the Busch Series by winning the pole position for the Kroger 200 last weekend in Indianapolis. This...

Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge

No. 41 TEAM FACTS:

* Pole Position: Reed Sorenson celebrated his one year anniversary in the Busch Series by winning the pole position for the Kroger 200 last weekend in Indianapolis. This was his second pole position of the season, with his first coming at Nashville in April. Sorenson also has two wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 23 starts this season.

* Busch Series Points Standings: Sorenson's third-place effort at IRP last weekend kept him third in the NASCAR Busch Series championship points standings. However, with Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer finishing first and second at IRP respectively they remained in those positions in the championship standings. Sorenson trails Truex by 104 points but he is only a mere 19 points behind Bowyer.

* Rookie of the Year: Sorenson leads Carl Edwards in the rookie of the year race (290-284). The rookie points are determined by each of the candidates top-16 finishes during the season.

* Radical Rookie: For the 12th time this season Sorenson grabbed top rookie of the race honors. He has been the highest finishing rookie more than any other rookies this season.

* Blue and Yellow: The No. 41 Dodge will again be sporting the yellow and blue special paint scheme of Home123. This will be the fourth time this season for the special paint scheme. Sorenson raced the Home123 Dodge at Gateway where he pulled it into victory lane. Home123 is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and is a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE: NEW).

* Testing: Sorenson spent two days earlier this month at Watkins Glen International testing the Home123 Dodge in preparation for the 82-lap race this weekend.

* Chassis: The Discount Tire team will race chassis #553 at Watkins Glen this weekend. This is the same car that Sorenson piloted to a 14th-place finish in Mexico City and that he tested at Watkins Glen last week.

* Did You Know?: Sorenson's victory at Gateway two weeks ago gives the 2005 rookie class a total of five wins, equaling the most by a rookie class since the program began in 1989. The class of 2001 and 2004 also posted five victories.

BRIAN PATTIE, CREW CHIEF QUOTES:

With 12 races remaining what is it going to take to win the championship?

"Just don't mess up. We have 12 more races to not have any DNFs and not have anything stupid happen. Or if something does happen you've got to be able to make something out of nothing. That's what we've been doing all year: thriving on our no DNFs and building top-notch cars that stay together the whole race. It's going like it shaped up to be in the first of the year. It's a three-car battle. It seems like we're pulling away from fourth and fifth. We're starting to focus on two cars, and that's the 2 and the 8. We structured some strategies in some test sessions to try to help us out to win a championship. Reed and Carl are locked into a good rookie battle, too, so we've got a couple of battles to watch. This is why I am with the No. 41 Dodge, to live through the last 12 races fighting for a championship and see how it feels."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Reed Sorenson