No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts: * Reed Returns: After taking this past weekend off from NASCAR Busch Series racing, Reed Sorenson will resume his driving duties of the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge for this Friday night's...
No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts:
* Reed Returns: After taking this past weekend off from NASCAR Busch Series racing, Reed Sorenson will resume his driving duties of the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge for this Friday night's Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Instead of splitting his time between the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series competitions last week, Sorenson stayed out west all weekend to run the No. 41 Target Dodge at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. While Sorenson was racing in California, his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) teammate David Stremme stepped in to drive the No. 41 Dodge in the Busch Series event at The Milwaukee Mile on Saturday. Chip Ganassi Racing road-course ace Scott Pruett drove the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge at Infineon, allowing Stremme to compete at Milwaukee. Stremme will resume his driving duties of the No. 40 Dodge this weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.
* Where They Stand Now: The No. 41 Discount Tire team is 20th in the overall Busch Series championship standings. The team is 33 points out of 15th and 155 points out of 10th. Sorenson missed last weekend's race in Milwaukee to focus on his NEXTEL Cup Series efforts at Infineon Raceway and now stands 18th in the Busch driver standings. He is 83 points out of 15th and 237 points out of 10th.
* A Little Closer to Home: Three members of the No. 41 Discount Tire team will be racing a little closer to home this weekend in the Sunshine State. Crew chief Brian Pattie and Adam Cooke, the team shock specialist, hail from Zephyrhills, Fla. The two grew up together in the Florida town. Bruce Jones, a team mechanic, is also from Florida. He calls Lakeland his hometown and still has many family and friends who reside in the area.
* On the Cup Side of Things: After Sorenson's run at Infineon Raceway this past weekend, he and the No. 41 Target team are 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings with 1,584 points. They are 35 points out of 20th and 173 points outside the top 15.
* NEXTEL Rookie Ranks: Sorenson is currently third in the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 144 points. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 41 points. Sorenson has captured rookie of the race honors in three of the 16 races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th-place finish, Martinsville -- 12th, Michigan -- fifth).
* Chassis: Brian Pattie and the Discount Tire team will return to Daytona International Speedway with the same chassis--#551--they raced at the Florida track in February, when Sorenson and team took two early-race setbacks and turned them into a second-half comeback. The team maintained a top-10 run the remainder of the race and survived a last-lap colossal collision to grab a ninth-place finish (started 13th). Chassis #551 last ran at Talladega Superspeedway in April, when a chaotic sprint for the checkered flag forced Sorenson out of the stronger draft and sent him from a ninth-place running position to a 17th-place finish.
Sorenson's thoughts about returning to Daytona International Speedway for the Winn-Dixie 250: "On the Busch side of things, we had a pretty good run at Daytona in February. The beginning of the race started a little crazy, but I don't think I will ever forget crossing the finish line like I did there at the end. I really wasn't sure what was going to happen after we got hit there in the beginning, but every time I came off pit road the car was getting better. Brian [Pattie] and all of the guys on this Discount Tire team worked so hard to get ready for that weekend and worked even harder to keep us going and running competitively that day.
"We got clipped and turned around on the last lap. The good thing was we were just a few feet from the finish line. The car slid backwards along the wall and then finally came to a halt down near pit road. We managed to cross the finish line in the process and even grab a top-10 finish. I was very happy with a top-10, single-digit finish then, but I'd be much happier this weekend leaving with a win instead."