Local Racing Star Reed Sorenson To Make Busch Debut This Weekend
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Three summers ago, Reed Sorenson was one of the hottest young drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s Thursday Thunder, cruising to his first Pro division championship at his home track.
This weekend, Peachtree City¿s Sorenson will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park with Ganassi Racing, the team that has signed him as a development driver.
Sorenson will also return to his home track this fall to compete in both the Oct. 29 ASA 150 and Oct. 30 Aaron¿s 312 Busch Series race.
¿It seems like a long time ago that I was racing Legends cars, but I know it wasn¿t,¿ Sorenson said. ¿A lot has happened in the last couple of years.¿
That¿s an understatement. Since winning the Thursday Thunder Pro championship in 2001, Sorenson has raced a full schedule of late model and stock car events nationally.
In 2002, Reed began his run in the American Speed Association (ASA), competing in eight events and finishing in the top-10 an impressive seven times. Reed also competed in six Southern All Star Late Model races, racking up three wins and four top-five finishes.
Last year, at the age of 17, Sorenson recorded seven top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes in the ASA series, ending up fourth in the standings and winning the coveted Rookie of the Year title. He was the youngest driver to ever win that honor.
This season, Sorenson has driven a blended schedule of ASA, ARCA and now Busch Series races. He is currently seventh in the ASA standings and is a favorite for the series championship. In June, Sorenson earned his first ARCA win in just his second start with the series, leading 59 laps en route to victory.
A recent graduate of Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Sorenson moved to Charlotte this summer to begin school at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte this fall. At the same time, he is focused on the 2004 ASA National Championship and making an impact during his races in the Busch Series.
¿This has been my goal since I was about 12 years old,¿ Sorenson said. ¿I hope it¿s just the beginning for us.¿
He says that his goal this weekend is to keep the car clean and try to finish in the top 15. But for a kid who has spent the last 12 years racing to win, Sorenson realizes that it will be a challenge to adopt that mantra wholeheartedly.
¿I want to win every race I¿m in, but I¿m trying to slow myself down mentally and remember not to take any chances,¿ Sorenson said. ¿It¿s not worth it to tear this car up trying to pick up another couple of positions. For my first race, with everyone watching me, it¿s much more important for me to just keep my nose clean. Hopefully I have a whole career ahead of me to win races.¿
He¿ll have a hometown crowd cheering him on during the fall race weekend for both the ASA and Busch races, and although Sorenson is reluctant to look too far ahead, he knows how special it would be to win on Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s ¿big track¿ after racing for so many years on the quarter-mile.
¿After I get my first race out of the way I¿m sure I¿ll start thinking more about Atlanta,¿ Sorenson said. ¿By the time I get home, I hope I¿ll be more relaxed in the car and have a real good showing for the fans. I¿m looking forward to that weekend a lot, being at my home track.
¿As much time as I¿ve spent at that track, I hope it¿s a good weekend for us.¿
Don¿t miss local sensation Reed Sorenson as he makes his debut on the ¿big track¿ with the rest of the ASA and Busch competitors during the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Great seats are still available starting at just $69 for the entire weekend by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, or Tickemaster.