BUSCH: Talladega: Reed Sorenson preview

Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge Discount Tire Team Fast Facts: * It's All About Your Tires: This week is National Tire Safety Week--April 23-30. Discount Tire and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) have partnered...

Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge

Discount Tire Team Fast Facts:

* It's All About Your Tires: This week is National Tire Safety Week--April 23-30. Discount Tire and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) have partnered in a nationwide effort to educate consumers about essential tire safety maintenance practices as part of the "Be Tire Smart --Play Your PART" consumer education program. Sorenson has also joined them in their endeavor by helping put together a nationwide radio public service announcement addressing the importance of maintaining proper tire pressure. The program highlights pressure, alignment, rotation and tread (PART) as the four essential areas of tire maintenance. Another step Discount Tire is taking to encourage awareness is providing free tire safety kits at more than 600 retail stores throughout the United States. Discount Tire also provides free air pressure and tread depth checks by trained tire technicians at all of its retail stores nationwide. To learn more about "playing your part" when it comes to tire safety, go to www.betiresmart.org.

* Big Boost Up: An all around impressive run by Sorenson and the Discount Tire team scored them a second-place, season-best finish at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) last weekend. It also was the team's first top-five finish of the year. The runner-up finish at PIR resulted in the team and driver making a combined 11-position jump in the driver and owner standings, moving up from 17th to 11th in driver points and from 19th to 14th in owner points. They are now only 13 points out of 10th in the driver standings and 51 points out of 10th in the owner standings.

* CGRFS NEXTEL News & Updates: Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Team dropped five positions to 24th in the overall standings at the conclusion of last weekend's Phoenix event. They are 52 points out of 20th and 97 out of 15th heading into Talladega. Sorenson is currently fifth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 66 points. He trails leader Clint Boyer by 19 points. After their 20th-place finish at PIR, Casey Mears and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Team remain 10th in the standings for the third consecutive week, and have not fallen out of the top 10 yet this season. David Stremme and the No. 40 Coor's Light/Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon team finished 29th at PIR and gained one spot in the NASCAR championship standings. They are now 36th and are 242 points out of the top 20 and 394 points behind their fellow No. 42 CGRFS team members who stand 10th with Mears.

* Chassis: Brian Pattie and the Discount Tire team have selected chassis #551to run in the Aaron's 312 Saturday. This chassis was last run at Daytona International Speedway 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). The same car also competed at Talladega Superspeedway last year, when an early-race wreck collected the No. 41 and the damage sustained eventually forced the team to park its car 45 laps prematurely, finishing the day in 32nd place (started 20th).

Q&A with Reed Sorenson

Reed, you are getting ready to head back to Talladega. You've only run there one other time, but you have gotten some good restrictor-plate experience running at Daytona. Is there a lot you can share between the two tracks and your past experiences at both? "I've only run a Talladega one time and it wasn't the greatest experience for me. It rained a lot. Then, we got caught up in an early-race wreck that handed us a major lap deficit and pretty much set the pace for us the rest of the day. Hopefully, we'll have a lot better luck this weekend, but we had about the same thing happen to us at our last restrictor-plate run at Daytona. We did manage to overcome a lot in February to get a top 10 out of there. Hopefully, we will get to focus on just racing this weekend, but it is Talladega so we'll just do our best and make sure my reflexes are in check.

"As for taking and comparing the two, they are different but you can transition some of the same strategy from one to the other. Talladega is a little steeper and bigger than Daytona, but really it's all about the draft and finding a good friend to stay with you. I definitely wish Casey [Mears] was running in the Busch race this weekend, but we'll be fine."


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Drivers Casey Mears , David Stremme , Reed Sorenson