STATESVILLE, N.C -- Reed Sorenson said when his father Brad was racing he was more interested in "playing on the playground" than watching the action on the track. As he grew older, Sorenson recalls all the effort Brad and his mother Becky put...
STATESVILLE, N.C -- Reed Sorenson said when his father Brad was racing he was more interested in "playing on the playground" than watching the action on the track. As he grew older, Sorenson recalls all the effort Brad and his mother Becky put into his career. Their son started racing at the age of six and worked his way up through the feeder series and now drives the No. 43 Valvoline Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports. Sorenson hopes a strong run at this weekend's race at Infineon Raceway will be a good present for Brad who--in his lone NASCAR race--finished 13th in a 1992 Nationwide Series race at Lanier (Ga.) Speedway.
SORENSON ON HIS FATHER'S ROLE IN HIS CAREER-- "My mom and Dad did a lot. I started out racing at six. Growing up racing, they put a lot of time effort and money into my career. Once I got a little older and running in the American Speed Association it took even more time and more money. We had a lot of volunteer help from close friends. It was a lot of time away from home, but we ran good and had a good time."
FOLLOWING BRAD'S CAREER-- "When he was racing I was so little that I was more interested in playing on the playground than watching the race. So I didn't get to see a whole lot of his racing."
WILL YOU DO THE SAME FOR YOUR KIDS SOME DAY?-- "I think anyone who has kids would do anything for them. If my kids love racing then I'll help them all I can."
BRAD SORENSON ON HELPING HIS SON'S CAREER-- "Racing is what our family did together. Some families do little league, play soccer or fish. But our family was all about racing. Reed had a lot of talent and it was our way of spending time together. I'd do it all again. It created a lot of great memories for us."
* Sorenson and teammate Elliott Sadler spent June 10 testing on the road course at Virginia International Raceway in preparation for Infineon.
* Sorenson is making is 125th career Sprint Cup Series start this weekend.