Conover, NC (August 15, 2000) - History was made in the Wendy's Summer Shootout Legends Tuesday night in Charlotte, as 14-year old rookie Reed Sorensen became the youngest driver ever to loft the prestigious Pro Division trophy for the popular ...
Conover, NC (August 15, 2000) - History was made in the Wendy's Summer Shootout Legends Tuesday night in Charlotte, as 14-year old rookie Reed Sorensen became the youngest driver ever to loft the prestigious Pro Division trophy for the popular Lowe's Motor Speedway series.
Sorensen parlayed a third-place finish in his heat race into an 11th-place slot on the starting grid for the feature run. When the green dropped, the 9th-grader from Peachtree City, GA had a front bumper full of 2000 Atlanta Legends Series Champion Doug Stevens, who also happens to be one of the young racer's best friends.
Stevens recently edged Sorensen for bragging rights in the Pro Division at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and held a slim two-point margin, 1079 to 1077, prior to the 20-lap title sprint. Both drivers moved up quickly, taking advantage of an early melee to advance to the top-5 a few laps into the event. But it was Sorensen who was able to knife through the field and stay out of trouble, finishing 3rd, while Stevens got entangled with another car inside of 10 laps and finished 8th.
"It feels great to win a championship here at Charlotte, because the competition is so intense here at Lowe's," Sorensen said after the win. "We came into the Pro Division this year knowing that we had the ability to run strong, and I'm really excited that Doug and I got to race for the title after he beat us out in Atlanta."
Talk about good friends, the 23-year old Stevens actually built the car that Sorensen drove past him; it's a relationship that Sorensen treasures. "He really is one of my best friends," Sorensen said. "He's been my racing mentor all through this series, he built this car in his shop in Hampton (GA) and we talk just about every day on the phone."
"Naturally, we're so proud of Reed," the young racer's father and car-owner Brad Sorensen said after the race. "They talked about racing each other clean before the race and I know we would like to have seen Reed and Doug duel it out for the win over the last few laps, but he (Stevens) got involved with another car pretty early and it took him out of contention."
For Sorensen, the 2000 season has propelled him from the relative obscurity of Quarter-Midget and entry-level Legends Racing into a breakout role as one of the most "discovered" young drivers in the country. Sorensen was featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Racing For Kids, and Winston Cup Scene, in the category of "one of the best drivers you've never heard of."
Sorensen spent 6 years in Quarter Midget racing traveling from coast to coast and Canada. His name was synonymous with Quarter Midgets of America earning 9 Southeastern Championships in three divisions and claiming 15 track records in the U.S. and Canada.
He was the first QM driver to set the qualifying records at both the East and West coast National Events in the same Year (1996). In 1997, Sorensen was crowned National QM Champion in Sacramento, CA. His Midget racing career earned him, over 225 Victories and $18,000.00 in Educational Savings Bonds and Equipment.
Before entering the Pro Division, Sorensen captured the Georgia State Semi-Pro Championship during the Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Series. Sorensen also finished 2nd in Points in the 1999 Lowe's Motor Speedway Semi- Pro Division Summer Shootout Series and Legends Cars Grand National Series. Nationally, Sorensen ranked 3rd in the Semi-Pro Division posting 29 wins, 46 top 5's and 52 top 10's in 58 starts.