Fontana: Sorenson - Friday Dodge interview

REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FINISH IN THE DAYTONA 500- WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE SEASON: "Obviously, starting off the season was good for everyone on the No. 41 team. We tested here (California) and ...

REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FINISH IN THE DAYTONA 500- WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE SEASON: "Obviously, starting off the season was good for everyone on the No. 41 team. We tested here (California) and tested in Vegas which are the next two races. I think the main goal here this weekend -and next weekend- is to get a decent finish so we can gain some momentum heading into the thick part of the season. This week we're just going to try and be smooth in everything we do and try and be smart in practice, in qualifying and be consistent over the weekend and get a top-15 finish and we'll be happy."

CAN A LAST PLACE FINISH LIKE YOU LAST YEAR HERE DE-RAIL MOMENTUM YOU GAINED FROM DAYTONA? "I know that we got caught in wreck last year and that stuff is going to happen. Everybody in racing knows that you're going to get caught up in an incident every once in a while. That's fine, we understand it. We ran a lot better this year at Daytona then we did last year. The two weeks in Daytona we just ran good.

"We tested here and I thought we were average at the test. We learned a few things from the test and now. So if we can be a little bit better than average that will help out. We need to try and qualify a little bit better than we did last time because the wreck we got in was in the back. You don't feel as bad getting in a wreck when you're closer to the front, but a lot of stuff you can't control. We're just going to make sure that we do everything right with the things that we have control of."

"During these practices with these new cars, I think that it's very easy to over adjust sometimes. I think the main thing is not to do that. You can take a car that is really tight and make it too loose. You have to be careful with these cars and make sure that you don't do that."

"We want to make sure that we have a good weekend, I think that's the main goal for all of us and to get a decent finish. We know that we don't have to win the race -- we want to -- but we want to make sure that we stay high in the points and gain some momentum."

YOU SAID THAT YOU'VE LEARNED SOME THINGS FROM THE TEST; WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU LEARN THOSE THINGS? "We went back and put the car on the shaker rig. We tested from 9 am to 9 pm and I felt like we didn't really learn that much during that whole day. We learned how to make it worse rather than make it better. The next morning, we tested for three hours and learned more in those three hours than we did the whole day before of doing things to the car. So we went back to the shop and changed some things on the front end and learned some things about more getting grip. Things like that make a big difference."

IS DARIO (FRANCHITTI) AND JUAN (PABLO MONTOYA) GETTING MORE ATTENTION THAN YOU- DESPITE YOUR SUCCESS- AN ISSUE TO YOU? "Obviously the attention they get is deserved. Dario has won the Indy 500 and was a champion and Juan is a champion as well. So they're going to get a lot of attention for the stuff that they've done. I think as a team, we're more concerned about the attention that we can get up-front then what we've done in the past. I think (Juan) and (Dario) feel the same way. We're trying to get attention by running good and outside that -- best way of getting our No. 41 Target car attention is just running good. That's what our media plan is so if you usually do that, media attention will follow us and we'll be fine."

WAS THE STRENGTH OF THE DODGE TEAMS IN DAYTONA SOMETHING WE SHOULD KEEP ON SAYING IN THE NEAR FUTURE OR WAS THAT SPECIFIC TO DAYTONA? "It was kind of strange because we were running 10th with about 10 laps to go. The 9 car was there, the Penske cars were there, Elliott Sadler was there and we all ended up on the outside where we could help each other out. Usually we're all spread out, one guy here and one guy over there, but we were all together on the outside and we committed to each other. My spotter talked to the No. 19 spotter before we went green and he said he'd stay with me, so I kept pushing the No. 9 car. I just think we had good race cars."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler