Phoenix II: Reed Sorenson preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Reed Sorenson drives the No. 43 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The 23-year-old Peachtree City, Ga. native finished 12th at Phoenix in April and hopes to improve on that ...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Reed Sorenson drives the No. 43 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The 23-year-old Peachtree City, Ga. native finished 12th at Phoenix in April and hopes to improve on that performance this weekend for his Richard Petty Motorsports team.

SORENSON ON VETERAN'S DAY: "This year I think more than any other I understand the meaning of Veterans Day. I've had an opportunity this year to meet both active members of the U.S. Air Force and also a lot of veterans through our Paralyzed Veterans of America partnership. To meet so many of the men and women that protect or have protected our freedom has been special to me. I take a lot of pride in representing the Air Force and Paralyzed Veterans. Those are the folks that are out there making sure we are able to live the way we want to live and do the things we love--like racing."

RICHARD PETTY- "Look, what we are doing this weekend in Phoenix is a lot of fun and I hope we put on a good show for the race fans. But this is Veteran's Day weekend and we owe it to the men and women in the military to think of them and tell them how much we appreciate what they are doing. What they are doing allows us to have the freedom we have. I'm glad the Paralyzed Veterans of America are on the No. 43 and we'll have the Air Force folks around just so we can say thanks."

* Collectively in 2009, RPM drivers have posted two wins, nine top-fives, 24 top-10s and have led 302 laps through the first 34 points races.

* In seven Cup Series starts at PIR, Sorenson has three top-20 finishes (best 12th, 2009-1) and led one lap (2007-2).

* Sunday marks Sorenson's 144th career Sprint Cup Series start and eighth at PIR. He finished 12 at PIR in April.

* Four Star Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr. - Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, will sit on top of the No. 43 pit box this weekend as a guest of Sorenson and the Petty team.

* PIR has teamed up with Petty to create the first-ever high performance kart track within a NASCAR facility. The 1/16th-mile track puts race fans behind the wheel and into the action at the brand new Richard Petty Raceway located in the PIR midway starting this weekend.

* The Paralyzed Veterans of America and radio station AM570 KLAC -- Los Angeles, Calif. are holding a "Help a Hero" radio campaign on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 3 p.m. -- 2 a.m. (eastern). The campaign is designed to raise funds and awareness for the Paralyzed Veterans.

* Radio Listeners will be asked to call in and make a donation of $45 or more to "Help a Hero". Additionally, there is an online auction site (click HERE) with over 60 prizes that will help raise funds for PVA. NASCAR related prizes include: an autographed Richard Petty Charlie 1 Horse hat, Richard Petty Driving Experience ride-a-longs and Daytona 500 hot passes.

* Richard Petty, a long-time supporter of America's troops and veterans, will lead the NSCS field on Sunday in a Petty's Garage fully-restored 1946 Willy's Jeep.

* Enter to win the Petty's Garage fully-restored 1946 Willys Jeep at www.pva.org/ jeep. Tickets are one for $20 or three for $50 with all proceeds benefitting the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Reed Sorenson
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports