Martinsville: Reed Sorenson preview

Target Team Fast Facts: * Testing 1,2,3... Reed Sorenson, along with fellow drivers Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards participated in a Car of Tomorrow (COT) test on Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition, Sorenson is testing the No....

Target Team Fast Facts:

* Testing 1,2,3... Reed Sorenson, along with fellow drivers Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards participated in a Car of Tomorrow (COT) test on Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition, Sorenson is testing the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge at Richmond International Raceway on Wed. and Thurs. in preparation for the Busch Series race at the .75-mile raceway May 5.

* First Time Around: This weekend's trip to Martinsville will mark the first laps for Sorenson in any form of competition at the famed short track.

* Standings Update: The Target team currently sits 27th in the overall standings heading into Martinsville. Sorenson and the team are just 50 points out of 20th and 143 out of the top 10.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team have selected chassis #502 for this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway. The race will mark the first laps of competition for the car this season, but it ran a total of five races last year including the first Phoenix, both Richmond races and both New Hampshire events.

* Rookie Round Up: Sorenson remains fifth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 41 points. He is 12 points behind leader Clint Bowyer. Sorenson recently captured his first Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* Busch Series Update: A late-race accident in last weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway relegated Sorenson from a top-10 running position to a 27th-place finish. The No. 41 Discount Tire team is currently 19th in the overall standings and they are 102 points out of the top 10. The Busch Series has the weekend off before heading to Texas next weekend.

Reed Sorenson on Martinsville Speedway...

"I've never been to Martinsville, so I honestly don't know what to think about this weekend's race. I did grow up racing on short tracks, so I'm looking forward to racing there. I'm pretty much going to be looking to my crew chief (Jimmy Elledge) and teammate Casey Mears for some guidance because they have experience there. I'll probably reach out to some of the other veterans for some helpful hints, as well.

"It's going to be challenging because of my lack of experience there, but I'm up for it. We had a really good car at Bristol last week, but track position hurt us all day. I expect our car to be equally as strong this weekend. Hopefully, we'll get a good qualifying run in and be able to capitalize on that Sunday."

-cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Casey Mears , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson