Coats Team Fast Facts: * Covered by Coats: The No. 41 Dodge will be sporting Coats this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, the Coats logo that is, on the hood and quarter panels. Coats--a brand of Hennessy Industries that makes tire...
Coats Team Fast Facts:
* Covered by Coats: The No. 41 Dodge will be sporting Coats this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, the Coats logo that is, on the hood and quarter panels. Coats--a brand of Hennessy Industries that makes tire changers, wheel balancers, brake lathes, and other tire and wheel service tools--first teamed up with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) in March 2005 when Sorenson and team dominated the Nashville track winning both the pole and the race. Hennessy Industries, located in La Vergne, has had a long-time working relationship with the regular primary sponsor of the No. 41 Busch team, Discount Tire, which is what initially led to Coats and CGRFS teaming up last season. This weekend's race will be Coats' second run with the No. 41 Busch team. To learn more about its services and products, go to www.ammcoats.com.
* Naturally Nashville: Reed Sorenson's first race at Nashville Superspeedway in March 2005 seemed to come naturally to the then-rookie driver. In his first official NASCAR Busch Series start at the Tennessee track, he scored his first career pole and win, leading a total of 197 laps en route to victory. He had more than a 14-second lead over the second-place finisher, Kenny Wallace. The win also made Sorenson the first driver to win from the pole position at Nashville. He then returned to the track in June to grab another top five, leading 13 laps total and finishing third (started sixth).
* Rank Update: Sorenson and the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team now stand 17th (116 points out of 10th) in driver points and 19th (132 points out of 10th) in owner points. The No. 41 Busch team is coming off of a well-earned 13th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, where Sorenson and team also grabbed the outside pole to start the race.
* CGRFS NEXTEL News: All three CGRFS NEXTEL Cup teams are testing at Richmond International Raceway Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Sorenson and the No. 41 Target team are coming off of another impressive weekend performance that resulted in a 13th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. They moved up five positions to 19th in the overall standings after their strong run at Texas. They are only 43 points out of 15th and 144 out of 10th. Sorenson currently sits fifth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 60 points. He is only 11 points behind leader Denny Hamlin. Sorenson's Cup teammates Casey Mears and David Stremme finished 14th and 21st respectively. Mears is still 10th in the NEXTEL Cup standings and Stremme is 37th.
* Chassis: This weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, Chassis #454 will carry the No. 41 Coats colors on track. It is the same chassis the No. 41 Busch team ran in both Nashville Busch events last year, winning the pole and race in March and then finishing third with the same car in June. The chassis was also run at both California Speedway races last season, helping the No. 41 team score a fifth-place finish (started fourth) in February and a 12th-place finish (started third) in September. Altogether, the car scored one pole, one win, four top-five starts and three top-five finishes in 2005.
Reed, you are heading back to Nashville. What are your thoughts going into this weekend, to the place where you grabbed your first win and were just so dominant last year? "I definitely feel more confident heading back there this time than I did heading there around this time last year. I was a rookie last year, so there were a lot of unknowns. There is still a lot more for me to learn, too, but it was definitely intimidating going to race at places I hadn't run before. I know going into this weekend, I am looking forward to it, as well as all of the guys on the team. We had two strong runs there last year, so we're hoping to capitalize on our past.
"It is going to be a little more challenging this year, because there are going to be a lot of great drivers and teams there that were not all there last year. I believe [Kevin] Harvick is going to be there in the No. 21 car so he'll be good, but hopefully we will be better."
Now, you are running the same sponsor on your car as you did in the race last year. Is this something you worked out for some extra good luck? Are you superstitious? "Coats was definitely good luck for us last year and we're totally hoping they bring us some of that same luck this year, but I really am not a superstitious kind of guy. I just think everything seemed to flow at Nashville last year. The car was solid and it was like we just made all of the right moves. We've had some setbacks this year, or bad luck I guess you could say. We haven't been horrible, but we haven't been great either. It's not like we're completely missing our marks. Most of the down side of the deal has been beyond our control so we're hoping we can make a pivotal turn in the right direction at a place that was very good to us in 2005.
"It is ironic the two wins we did obtain last year were both special paint scheme events for us. We had Coats with us at Nashville last year and then Home123 at St. Louis. First of all, I do want to get another win for Coats this weekend, and then I want to get Discount Tire into victory lane after that. They're both great sponsors and they work hand-in-hand in their business and that is what led to us working with Coats, so hopefully we can get them all into victory lane sooner than later."