Sorenson Drives the AccuDoc Solutions Camry to Solid Seventh-Place Finish at Dover DOVER, Del. (September 28, 2009) -- Reed Sorenson not only made his 100th Nationwide Series start this weekend at Dover International Speedway, but also his ...
Sorenson Drives the AccuDoc Solutions Camry to Solid Seventh-Place Finish at Dover
DOVER, Del. (September 28, 2009) -- Reed Sorenson not only made his 100th Nationwide Series start this weekend at Dover International Speedway, but also his debut in Braun Racing's No. 10 Toyota. Hard contact with the turn four wall during Friday's first practice session forced the AccuDoc Solutions team to roll out the back-up Camry. Not to be deterred, Sorenson started the Dover 200 from the 10th position and fought hard for a seventh-place finish at "The Monster Mile."
When the green-flag dropped for the 200-lap event, Sorenson was immediately o n his toes, dodging heavy traffic and sliding back to the 15th spot in the process. After working his way past some of the slower cars, he went to work to make up the lost positions. By lap 15 he had moved up to the 13th position. With a solid AccuDoc Solutions Toyota, he took over the 12th spot by lap 40. He reported that the car's handling was good and but was starting to lose rear grip.
On lap 77, Sorenson followed the leaders to pit road, bringing the No. 10 Camry in for service under green-flag conditions. The AccudDoc Solutions team quickly changed four tires, packed the car with fuel and made an air pressure adjustment to help with the car's handling. As the teams cycled through the pit stops, Sorenson took over the 11th spot.
Debris on the race track brought out the first caution of the day on lap 109. Sorenson told crew chief, Stewart Cooper, that he was still battling with the loose-handling condition. On lap 111, he brought the Camry to pit road under caution. The No. 10 team changed four tires, added fuel and made another air pressure adjustment. The AccuDoc Solutions Camry restarted from the 11th spot on lap 116.
On lap 120, the caution flag flew once again for debris. Because of the short caution, Cooper told Sorenson to stay out on the track. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 125 with the No. 10 in the 10th position.
An accident in turn one brought out the third caution of the afternoon on lap 144. In an effort to gain valuable track position in the event that the rain shortened the race, Cooper had Sorenson remain on the track. The No. 10 restarted from the seventh position on lap 150 as sprinkles of rain began to fall.
The final yellow flag of the day flew on lap 190 when the No. 20 made contact with the outside wall of turn two. Sorenson and Cooper discussed pit strategy, agreeing that it was best to take the risk and remain on the track. Cooper was confident that No. 10 would be able to make it on fuel for the remaining laps, especially while running some laps run under caution. When the race restarted on lap 194, the AccuDoc Solutions Camry was in the sixth position. In the final six laps, Braun Racing teammate, Jason Leffler, was able to use new tires to his advantage and make the pass for sixth. Sorenson took the checkered flag in the seventh position.
"We had a good day here in Dover," said Sorenson. "Stewart and the No. 10 guys gave me a solid AccuDoc Solutions Toyota. We did get in a little practice and we all felt this back-up was pretty solid. We stayed out the last few cautions when some teams came in and gained some good track position. A sore neck from Friday's accident is not how I hoped to spend my 100th start. I am looking forward to being back with these guys next weekend in Kansas. Hopefully start 101 will be the big one!"
Sorenson and AccuDoc Solutions will return to Braun Racing and the No. 10 Toyota Camry as the Nationwide Series heads to Kansas Speedway.