SORENSON'S DAY ENDS ABRUPTLY WHEN COLLECTED EARLY CRASH AT TALLADEGA TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 27, 2010) -- With Brian Vickers in the No. 32 this weekend, Reed Sorenson was tapped to drive the No. 10 Shore Lodge Toyota in the Aaron's 312 at...
SORENSON'S DAY ENDS ABRUPTLY WHEN COLLECTED EARLY CRASH AT TALLADEGA
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 27, 2010) -- With Brian Vickers in the No. 32 this weekend, Reed Sorenson was tapped to drive the No. 10 Shore Lodge Toyota in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Foul weather on Saturday once again forced a doubleheader NASCAR line-up. On Sunday afternoon, Nationwide Series teams hurried to line up on the starting grid immediately after the conclusion of the Sprint Cup Series event. Having turned in solid practice times and a strong qualifying lap, Sorenson and his team were very confident as they prepared to start the race from the sixth position. Hopes were dashed on lap 20 as the No. 10 was collected in the first of several "big ones" for which the Talladega-based track is notorious. With their day cut short, the Shore Lodge team was relegated to a 40th-place finish.
As inclement weather made its way towards Alabama, NASCAR kept a close eye on the situation, making the call on Saturday morning to cancel all track activity for the day. This forced the postponement of the Nationwide Series race for the second consecutive week, with the event rescheduled to begin approximately one hour following the conclusion of Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Under much friendlier skies early Sunday evening, Sorenson climbed into the No. 10 Shore Lodge Toyota, ready for the 117 laps of restrictor plate racing.
As soon as the race started, Sorenson tucked behind the No. 98, ready to draft his way to the front. Out of clean air, the water temperatures began to rise in the No. 10 car. Sorenson reported the change to crew chief, Stewart Cooper.
"The car's good but we're running hot," he said. Really hot!"
Cooper instructed his driver to pull out of the draft and fall back in the field, allowing the car to cool down. With a competition caution planned by NASCAR for lap 20, he began to instruct the No. 10 team on adjustments to make during the pit stop in order to help cool the car.
Slipping back to the 30th position by lap 10, Sorenson told Cooper that the car's temperatures had dropped dramatically. He then began to work his way back toward the front. Running in the 13th position on lap 20 and preparing to take the yellow flag for NASCAR's scheduled caution, Sorenson was suddenly hit on the driver side, slamming the car hard into the outside wall. The car bounced back across on-coming traffic and eventually came to a stop near the inside retaining wall. After catching his breath, Sorenson climbed from the car and was taken to the infield care center where he was treated and released. With their day ended early, the No. 10 team was credited with a 40th-place finish
"We had a good car today here at Talladega Superspeedway," said Sorenson as he exited the infield care center. "The guys did a great job getting the car ready for this weekend and it was a lot of fun working with the No. 10 team again. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hopefully I'll get a chance to work with them later in the year and we can get a better result."
Sorenson returns to the seat of the No. 32 Dollar General Camry in this weekend's BUBBA Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
-source: braun racing