BUSCH: Talladega: Reed Sorenson preview

Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge No. 41 TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Discount Tire team will race chassis ...

Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge


* Chassis: The Discount Tire team will race chassis #551 in Talladega this weekend. This is the same car that Sorenson piloted at Daytona to a ninth-place finish in the season opener.

* Sweet Home Alabama: Sorenson has run only in one event at Talladega Superspeedway, and that was an ARCA race last season. Sorenson, who started the Food World 300 in the fifth spot, was able to avoid eight cautions for 53 laps during the race to come home second. Sorenson took the lead on lap 32 and was able to keep it for 24 of the 113 laps.

* Crew Chief Success: Sorenson's crew chief Brian Pattie has been very successful at restrictor-plate racing. Five of Pattie's 17 wins were at Daytona and Talladega. Half of his 16 poles have been at restrictor-plate tracks. Success is the name of the game for Pattie at superspeedway's.

* Fascinating Fact: Last weekend Sorenson flew to Indianapolis following the night race at Phoenix International Raceway to support his race engineer, Tim O'Brian, in the 48th Purdue Grand Prix. O'Brian brought home his third win in four years of competing.

* Busch Series Points Standings: Following last week's disappointing 32nd-place finish, Sorenson held onto the second spot in the Busch Series championship points standings, 156 points out of first place.

* Rookie of the Year: Sorenson currently sits second to Carl Edwards in the rookie of the year race. The rookie points are determined by the top 16 finishes during the season.


"The Discount Tire crew is hoping to get past last week's disappointing finish at Phoenix. We had great track position at the end, and then just got caught up in someone else's mistake. Talladega is one of those tracks where anything can happen, and we just hope that what happened last week does not happen again. I have only run one race at Talladega and that was an ARCA race last year. The car does not have to handle as well as say Daytona, but the body and the motor are important factors in the outcome of the race. Spotters are always important, but at Talladega they play a key role. There are always other cars around- in front, behind and usually on either side. The racing is fast paced and you always have to stay on your toes."


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