Consistency pays off for Sorenson

From staff reports

A fifth, a second and now a third. The last three races have been fruitful for the No. 41 Discount Tire Co. team as they have showcased their strength with consistency and stellar finishes.

This weekend's race at the Nashville Superspeedway was sure to be a good one after the 41 bunch dominated the spring race as driver Reed Sorenson put a beating on the field by leading 197 of the 225 laps en route to his first career Busch Series win.

"I was kind of shocked after this race. I didn't really think too much about it until I went home," he said in reflection of his dominant win. "The last two races we got two top fives and gained a bunch on the points and that has given my guys a lot of confidence."

The Federated Auto Parts 300 was set for Saturday under the speedway lights but rain washed out both qualifying and the race forcing a 1 p.m. start time on Sunday.

Waiting out the rain, both crew chief Brian Pattie and driver Sorenson were anxious to get the race in.

"We have a good car. I hate that qualifying got rained out. We had a pole-winning car here. We'll get this thing going and hopefully do what we did last time," said Pattie.

"It was a good day for us overall. We had some problems today and ended up coming home with a third place finish," Sorenson said.

"We started out with some radio problems. We did our best and got the car working better. We got the car working better than everybody."

With the finish, Sorenson now takes over the points lead by 51 over Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex, Jr.

Sorenson raced a partial Busch schedule last year and a full ASA schedule. The previous year, Sorenson won the ASA Rookie of the Year Award.

Sorenson was one of the most successful drivers in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder. He competed in the summer racing series from 1998-2002, winning three points championships including Young Lions in 1998, Semi-Pro in 1999 and Pro in 2001.

He has 22 Thursday Thunder victories to his credit including eight in 1998 and seven in 1999.