No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts: * Where They Stand: Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Discount Tire team turned a top-15 start into a top-10 finish at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) last Saturday. The seventh-place finish bumped...
No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts:
* Where They Stand: Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Discount Tire team turned a top-15 start into a top-10 finish at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) last Saturday. The seventh-place finish bumped the team up one position--to ninth--in the NASCAR Busch Series owner standings and helped Sorenson strengthen his 10th-place position in the driver ranks as he prepares for his last Busch race of the 2006 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) this upcoming Saturday night.
* Valid First Efforts at HMS: In November 2004, Sorenson made his first run at HMS and the results were pretty impressive. It was his first effort at the Florida speedway, but also only his fifth-career NASCAR Busch Series start that began with a top-10 (started seventh) and resulted with a top-five (fourth-place finish). Then, in November 2005, Sorenson made his first NEXTEL Cup run at HMS, which was only his second-career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start. Again, the results were impressive as he crossed the finish line in 15th place.
* NEXTEL Cup Points Report: Sorenson and the No. 41 team maintained their 25th position in the overall standings after finishing 29th in this past Sunday's event at PIR. The team has a legitimate shot at finishing the season off as high as 22nd (-90 points). Additionally the team is only 28 points out of 24th and 48 points out of 23rd. Sorenson sits one point behind third-place holder Martin Truex Jr. in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings heading into the season finale at HMS this weekend. He has captured rookie of the race honors in five of the 35 races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th, Martinsville -- 12th, Michigan -- fifth, Chicagoland -- seventh, Michigan 2 - eighth).
Sorenson comments about his upcoming last race weekend of the 2006 season at HMS: "I can't believe this weekend is here. It has been a whirlwind year. It's been fun and gone by very fast. Part of me is ready to finish and look to 2007, and then part of me just wants to keep running. We're taking our best car to Homestead and maybe that will result in the season-best finish we've been hunting for this entire season in the Busch car. We've scored a couple of second-place finishes but we're still looking for the number one spot that has eluded us this season.
"I did test at Homestead in the Target car a few weeks ago. Last year, in the Busch car, we had a top-10 run going and then got caught up in an accident. I've always liked running at Homestead. I had a really good run there in 2004. It was only my fifth Busch start and it resulted in a fourth-place finish, so that was a nice confidence booster going into my rookie season last year."