BUSCH: Texas II: Reed Sorenson preview

No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts: *Meet Reed in Texas: Reed Sorenson will stop by the Discount Tire store located at 2405 Grapevine Mills Circle in Grapevine, Texas from 4:30 to 6 p.m. CT Thursday, November 2, to sign autographs and...

No. 41 Discount Tire Team Fast Facts:

*Meet Reed in Texas: Reed Sorenson will stop by the Discount Tire store located at 2405 Grapevine Mills Circle in Grapevine, Texas from 4:30 to 6 p.m. CT Thursday, November 2, to sign autographs and meet area race fans.

*Sorenson has Texas Talent: Sorenson has three Busch Series starts and one NEXTEL Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), in which he has never started or finished outside the top 15. In Busch, he has averaged a top-10 performance across the board at the1.5-mile speedway, sitting on the outside pole when he raced at Texas this past April. He grabbed two top-five finishes at the Lone Star State track during his 2005 rookie season (started 15th and finished third in April, started ninth and finished fourth in November). This past April he also started and finished 13th in his NEXTEL Cup debut at the Dallas-Ft. Worth area race track. Sorenson has completed every lap of competition in races run at TMS (904) and he has led a total of 31 laps.

*Still Standing Strong: After scoring a steady seventh-place finish at the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park this past weekend, Sorenson and the No. 41 Discount Tire team maintained their top-10 stance in the Busch Series standings. The team's running tally of 3,517 helped hold its ninth-place position in the owner standings while Sorenson held on to 10th in the driver ranks with 3,432 points.

*On the Cup Side: Sorenson and the No. 41 Target team were pushed up against the outside wall in the early going of last Sunday's BASS Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. From that point on, the driver and team fought handling issues en route to a 29th-place finish. Still, they maintained their 25th-place spot overall in the NEXTEL Cup standings and are 170 points out of 20th heading into this Sunday's Dickies 500. Sorenson also still stands third in the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year race.

Reed, comments about his return to Texas Motor Speedway: "I really like running at Texas. Everyone here at the shop does a really good job putting together the 1.5-mile cars and the finishes we've had this year at tracks like that prove they do a good job. Casey [Mears] got a win at Chicago earlier this year and it is another 1.5-miler. We're also bringing back the same car we ran at Texas this same time last year and managed to come out with a top-five finish. We've learned even more since then, so hopefully we can grab a good start like we did there earlier this year. I'll take another fourth-place finish, but would really like to move up just three more positions ahead of fourth to get that win that has eluded us so far this year.

"I am really looking forward to the last three races because I really like Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. We had a really good test in Florida with the Cup car, so both the Target and Discount Tire teams should be able to wind things down here on a positive note. I'm just glad October is behind me. That was a tough month. That's for sure."

-credit: cgr

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