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Sorenson seventh at Erie, ready for Labor Day spectacular North East, PA-- After dominating all three of the practice sessions and qualifying second during the American Speed Association's inaugural weekend at the Lake Erie Speedway, Reed...

Sorenson seventh at Erie, ready for Labor Day spectacular

North East, PA-- After dominating all three of the practice sessions and qualifying second during the American Speed Association's inaugural weekend at the Lake Erie Speedway, Reed Sorenson and the #29 ACDelco/Port City Racecars/Tilton Engineering team overcame adversity and powered to a hard earned seventh place run in the Erie 250.

When the green flag fell on the 250-lap event, rookie Sorenson jumped out to claim the lead from pole sitter Toby Porter in turn one of lap one. He held the point for three laps before being passed by the man chasing him in the Rookie of The Year point standings, Travis Kittleson.

By lap eight, Sorenson was calling to the crew that his Chevrolet was battling a tight condition, something he would struggle with throughout the day.

"During practice the track was a little bit slick so we went ahead and planned on that for the race. We over adjusted on that. Once the race started there wasn't much we could do. If we would have left it alone, we would have been good," Sorenson said of his tight racecar.

With close racing all around, the 29 machine took quite a beating on the Pennsylvania short track. After suffering slight rear fender damage from contact with the Jim Ross entry on lap 22, the troubles only continued after a lap 74 incident when the leader Kittleson caught slower traffic. With the lapped traffic not backing down, the field bunched up and Sorenson had nowhere to go but into the rear of Kevin Cywinski's #1.

The #29 Chevrolet suffered damage to the nose forcing the team to make numerous pitstops to change right side tires, repair front-end sheet metal damage, and pull out the fender. Sorenson then kept one eye on the racetrack and one eye on temperatures in fear of overheating problems as temps bounced around 230 for the rest of the event.

With tire wear varying and a continuous chatter in the right rear, the crew checked out the rear shock, but luckily, there were no further problems. The talented 17-year-old Sorenson was able to dig in and charge to the front for a solid and well deserved seventh.

Of his hard-earned run Sorenson said, "I think it was pretty good. We got in three or four wrecks, so we had to pit four times. After we did all of our stops, we still finished seventh so I was pretty happy."

The seventh place finish gave Sorenson his 11th top-10 of the season. He currently sits third in the overall driver standings 281 behind leader Cywinksi with four events remaining. "We gained some points on the rookie deal so we didn't lose anything there. We lost one point to the guy behind us in the overall points. So we kept all of our points," he added. His lead in the rookie point standings is now at 235 over Kittleson.

The Georgia native is now looking forward to the next event on the ASA Racing schedule on Labor Day, the Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 at the .375-mile Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota. Aside from the usual faces around the circuit, the field will be packed full with champions of the past with the 2002 champion Joey Clanton, 1999 champ Tim Sauter and Dick Trickle, who claimed back-to-back titles in 1984 and '85, all vying for the win.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's good when there are a lot of good guys racing," Sorenson says of the veteran return. "When you are running up front with them, you can learn a few things and if you can beat them, you feel pretty good."

Also on tap for the weekend is a pit crew competition, the Impact Racing ASA National Pit Stop Challenge presented by BFGoodrich Tires and SK Hand Tool.

The Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED on Monday, September 1st at 2:30 PM EST.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dick Trickle , Tim Sauter , Joey Clanton , Reed Sorenson , Travis Kittleson