By Anthony Rhoads
It helps to have good teammates.
Without Ganassi Racing teammate Sterling Marlin giving up his spot in the Aaron's 312 Busch race, Reed Sorenson would not have been able to race Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Reed Sorenson was definitely disappointed after his 19th-place finish in Saturday's Aaron's 312 Busch race but things could have been much worse for the 19-year-old rookie from Peachtree City.
Sorenson's transmission locked during his qualifying run. It looked like he wouldn't get in the race but Ganassi Racing decided to put him in Marlin's No. 40 Jani-King car. Marlin had qualified in 28th-place for the Busch event.
"A 19th-place finish is better than no finish at all," Sorenson said.
Soreson has made a positive impression on his Ganassi teammate.
"I think he's been really impressive," Marlin said. "He's done a real good job."
Sorenson ran in the top 20 for much of the day and even cracked the top 10 late in the race, getting as high as seventh.
"The car did pretty well," Sorenson said. "I had to get used to it but it did pretty good. It worked out; the car did really good."
In five races this year, Sorenson has posted one top-five and three top-10s. Despite the 19th-place finish Saturday, Sorenson was able to hold onto fourth place in the overall Busch standings. Sorenson is second behind Carl Edwards (who won Saturday's race) in the rookie standings.
"It's gone good this season," Sorenson said. "We had some problems today but I think for the reason of the season we won't have any more problems."
Sorenson raced in a few Busch events last year while racing a full American Speed Association schedule. He won the ASA rookie of the year in 2003 and was fifth place in that series' standings last season,He also had one win and three top-fives in three ARCA races last year.
In the fall 2004 Busch race at AMS, Sorenson led for 47 laps but finished 29th after an accident.
"We were disappointed today but it was pretty cool to race in front of the hometown crowd," he said after Saturday's race. "I guess I'll just have to wait until next year."
Even though Saturday was just his second Busch series race at AMS, Sorenson had plenty of experience at the track in the Thursday Thunder summer racing series. In 2001, he won the Thursday Thunder Pro Division points championship.