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Sorenson cruises to ARCA victory

By Anthony Rhoads

Reed Sorenson has only made two starts in the ARCA racing series but he's already racing like a veteran.

Saturday, the 18-year-old won the ARCA Flagstar 200 at Michigan International Speedway, finishing more than six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Matt Hagans.

"It feels good," Sorenson said on the www.arcaracing.com website. "These guys (the crew) make it a lot easier on me, because it's such a good car. I haven't won a race in about a year, so it felt good to get back in victory lane. The car was good all day; it was just a matter of letting things play out."

Sorenson started the race in second place.

Sorenson is an Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder racing series alumnus. He competed in Thursday Thunder from 1008-2002, winning three points titles in three different divisions.

Sorenson also races in the American Speed Association and is currently fifth in the national points standings.

Last year, Sorenson won the ASA Pat Schauer Rookie of the Year award.

Sorenson, who races for legendary car owner Chip Ganassi, also plans to race some NASCAR Busch Series events this year.

Former Eagle's Landing High School student David Ragan started Saturday's ARCA race in eighth place. He was running consistently in the top-five Saturday but a blown engine ruined his chances of a good finish. He placed 32nd.

Ragan also competed at Thursday Thunder from 1998-2000, winning the Semi-Pro championship in 2000.

Whisnant makes it to elimination round: Stockbridge's Mark Whistnant qualified 15th in the pro stock division of the NHRA K&N Filters Supernationals held in Englishtown, N.J. His top qualifying speed was 6.836 seconds/202.21 mph.

By placing in the top 16, Whisnant advanced to the elimination rounds but lost in round 1 to Steve Johns. Johns posted a speed of 6.726/206.23 while Whisnant ran a 6.786/203.83.

The National Hot Rod Association returns to action this Friday-Sunday in the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals in Madison, Ill.

Rusty Clanton finishes second at Peach State: Jonesboro's Rusty Clanton placed second Saturday in a 100-lap USAR Georgia Asphalt Series race at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson.

Lanier update: Stockbridge's Dwight Pilgram placed second in the Legends Pro and Masters race Saturday at Lanier National Speedway. McDonough's Sean ?Flip' Davis finished fourth in the Semi-Pro race.