Martinsville: Reed Sorenson preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Richard Petty's second of 200 career victories came at Martinsville Speedway on April 10, 1960. Petty visited victory lane at the flat half-mile track 15 times in 67 races at Martinsville. While the sport has changed ...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Richard Petty's second of 200 career victories came at Martinsville Speedway on April 10, 1960. Petty visited victory lane at the flat half-mile track 15 times in 67 races at Martinsville. While the sport has changed tremendously since those days, some things are still the same including race strategy. The message Petty plans to convey to the No. 43 Charter Dodge driver Reed Sorenson is "survival." Sorenson sits 29th in the owner points after the season's first five races. The 23-year-old Georgian owns six starts at Martinsville posting a 12th-place finish in his first race in 2006.

REED SORENSON:"When Richard Petty tells you something about a track--especially Martinsville--you listen. It's funny the cars are totally different these days, but race strategy probably hasn't changed all that much ever since he was racing. I love Martinsville. It gives you a glimpse at the history of our sport. I think that's one of the cool things about NAS CAR. While we have grown we have still kept some things that tie us to our roots."

RICHARD PETTY: "Martinsville is kind of our home track. We have been real fortunate there. I think the second race I ever won in the Cup Series and the first big race I won came there in 1960. We just had phenomenal luck there over time winning 15 races and of course we lost a whole bunch there too. It was just one of the track that just seem to fit the way I drove, the way Dale (Inman) set the car up and the way Chief (Maurice Petty) built the en gines. It was just a good combination track for us."

ADVICE TO SORENSON: "I tell him its 500 laps, OK. And you don't win it to begin with. You don't use up your brakes to begin with and you don't use up any of your equipment. Its hard to pass at Martinsville because it is so tight. I guess the thing you have to be careful with nowadays is pit stops. They put all them cars in the little bitsy place all at one time. If you can get through and not tear your car up in the pits, you are going to be in good shape."

* Sorenson will drive chassis No. 279 while chassis No. 252 will serve as a backup.

* Sorenson currently ranks 29th in driver/ owner points.

* Sorenson will race a white Charter Dodge this weekend while teammate AJ Allmendinger will race a purple Charter Dodge.

* Sorenson owns six starts at Martinsville.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Reed Sorenson , Maurice Petty