Darlington: Reed Sorenson preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts: * Charlotte Test Update: Lowe's Motor Speedway hosted the fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test of the season and the final test for the current car on Monday and Tuesday. Out of 52...

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Charlotte Test Update: Lowe's Motor Speedway hosted the fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test of the season and the final test for the current car on Monday and Tuesday. Out of 52 teams present, Sorenson and the Target team posted the fifth fastest lap in the evening session (6-9 pm ET) on Monday with a lap of 29.297 sec/184.319 mph. Sorenson's Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) teammate David Stremme was fastest in the evening season with a lap of 28.877 sec/187.000 mph, and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was 15th (29.457 sec/183.318 mph). Sorenson was 28th fastest in the afternoon (2-5 pm ET) on Monday with a time of 30.234 sec/178.607 mph. On Tuesday Sorenson wound up 35th on the speed chart in the afternoon session (29.866 sec/180.808 mph) and 20th (29.490 sec/183.113 mph) in the evening.

* Slight Advantage Heading to Darlington: Sorenson and the Target team, along with the teams of Jeff Gordon, Dave Blaney and Greg Biffle, have a slight advantage heading into the fifth Car of Tomorrow (CoT) race of the season this weekend at Darlington. Each participated in a Goodyear Tire test at the "track too tough to tame" on March 13 & 14.

* Charlotte Test Update: Lowe's Motor Speedway hosted the fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test of the season and the final test for the current car on Monday and Tuesday. Out of 52 teams present, Sorenson and the Target team posted the fifth fastest lap in the evening session (6-9 pm ET) on Monday with a lap of 29.297 sec/184.319 mph. Sorenson's Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) teammate David Stremme was fastest in the evening season with a lap of 28.877 sec/187.000 mph, and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya with 15th (29.457 sec/183.318 mph). Sorenson was 28th fastest in the afternoon (2-5 pm ET) on Monday with a time of 30.234 sec/178.607 mph. Martin Truex Jr. topped the sheet in the afternoon session with a time of 29.901 sec/180.596 mph. The test concluded Tuesday evening at 9 pm ET.

* 100% at Darlington: Sorenson has completed all laps of competition (808) in races run at Darlington in either the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (best finish of 11th) or Busch Series (best finish of ninth).

* South Carolina Natives: Target team members Adam Moser and Tim Smith both are natives of South Carolina. Moser, a graduate of Lenior-Rhyne College (Hickory, N.C.) hails from Fort Mill, S.C., and is the front tire carrier on the weekend and the CGRFS strength and conditioning coach during the week. Team engineer Smith hails from Cope, S.C., and is a graduate of Clemson University.

* Points Update: The Target team moved up three positions to 26th after their 21st-place finish in the last event at Richmond. The team is just 27 points out of 25th and 119 out of the top 20.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #633 for the race at Darlington. This is the same car the team used at Bristol (43rd-place finish, radiator), but not the same chassis used at the Darlington tire test. That particular car was used in last weekend's race at Richmond.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing