Sorenson heads home to Atlanta as a favorite for Saturday's Aaron's 312 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2005) -- When he was 12 years old, Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge) raced Legends Cars at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Just being...
Sorenson heads home to Atlanta as a favorite for Saturday's Aaron's 312
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2005) -- When he was 12 years old, Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge) raced Legends Cars at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Just being at a facility like that when you are 12 is pretty neat," said Sorenson, a native of Peachtree City, Ga., located just outside of Atlanta.
Now, seven years later, Sorenson heads back to the track and at the "ripe" age of 19, attempting to make his second run there in a NASCAR Busch Series car. And this time, instead of being in awe, he will be a favorite to capture Saturday's Aaron's 312.
Sorenson is fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings, just seven points behind third-place Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet). He has three top-10 finishes in his first four races, and has started in the top 10 in three of those events as well. He has had to qualify on speed for the first five races this season since Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was not in the top 30 of the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series owners points.
Sorenson ran a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series last season, competing in five races and compiling one top-five and three top-10 finishes in those events. His third career series start came at Atlanta last October, where he started sixth and led 47 laps before getting caught up in an accident on Lap 202 that relegated him to 29th place. However, his status as a contender for 2005 was solidified.
"It was so long ago," Sorenson joked about running at Atlanta as a pre-teen. "Now it's kind of cool to go back there and run on the big track.
"We're going to have a lot of hometown fans there, so you always want to be good in front of them," the 2004 graduate of Woodward Academy in Atlanta said. "We were fast there last year, so hopefully we will be again. I've got family and friends there, and you don't want to [run] bad in front of them. We're taking that same car back so we should be pretty good."
In addition to greeting family and friends this week a la the Busch brothers -- Kurt and Kyle -- in Las Vegas last week, Sorenson's mother, Becky, will serve the No. 41 team a home-cooked meal at the track on Friday night.