Tough luck for Sorensten in ARCA debut

By Anthony Rhoads

Reed Sorenson dominated much of Thursday's ARCA event at Charlotte but some bad luck toward the end of the race ruined his chances for a victory.

Sorenson was leading the race with three laps to go when he ran over some debris and his front grille was pushed in. He held on to finish fourth in his ARCA debut.

"Reed certainly proved a lot tonight. I don't know if he did something to his car or what, but we got around him and I'm happy to be here in Victory Lane," race winner Ryan Hemphill said on the www.thatsracin.com website.

Sorenson, a recent Woodward Academy graduate, is racing in a limited number of ARCA and NASCAR Busch Series events this season with the Chip Ganassi race team.

Sorenson is running a full American Speed Association schedule this year. Last year at the age of 17, he was the youngest driver in history to win the ASA rookie of the year award.

Sorenson is an Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder alumnus. He raced in the summer series from 1998-2002 and won three championships in three different divisions. The highlight of this Thursday Thunder career was in 2001 when he won the Pro Division points championship.

"It was pretty obvious Reed was an exceptional talent," Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark said. "What really impressed me was how level-headed he was even at a young age."

Sorenson went on from Thursday Thunder to run a limited number of ASA events in 2002.

Last year, he signed a development contract with Ganassi, one of the top race teams in the country.

Sorenson gets back into action today in the ASA series in Erie, Penn. The race will be televised on the Speed Channel at 8 p.m.

"I can't wait to go back to Erie this weekend," Sorenson said on the www.reedsorensonracing.com website. "We had a strong car their last year and we are going back with the same set up. I am really looking forward to a good run."

David Ragan, another Thursday Thunder alumnus, also raced Thursday in the ARCA race. He raced in the top-five but finished in 19th-place.

Ragan, a former Eagle's Landing High School student, is racing in several ARCA races this year.

Ragan raced at Thursday Thunder from 1998-2000. He won the Semi-Pro Championship in 2000.