Reed Sorenson Quick Facts : Gateway International Raceway : 5-Hour Energy 250

REED SORENSON QUICK FACTS

No. 32 Dollar General Toyota

Gateway International Raceway

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American Muscle

5-Hour Energy 250

October 23, 2010

Notes of Interest:

· Where it all began…Reed Sorenson returns to the site of his debut with the No. 32 Dollar General team…Gateway International Raceway (GIR)! Last season, he joined forces with crew chief, Trent Owens, and the Dollar General team to start second and finish second at GIR in his first appearance behind the wheel of the No. 32 Toyota Camry. The team returned in July (2010) and earned another runner-up finish after starting from the 13th position.

· A two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) winner at GIR, Sorenson knows how to get around the1.25-mile track! Sorenson has six previous NNS starts at GIR. He has two wins (2005 & 2007), five top-five finishes and a whopping 155 laps led. His qualifying record isn’t too shabby either. He has started on the outside pole four times! In 2009, Sorenson tied for the pole position and track record. The honors, however, were awarded to the No. 88 team which was higher in owner’s points.

· By the Numbers at Gateway! Sorenson ranks in the top-10 in several of NASCAR’s Loop Data categories. These categories include: Average Running Position (7th), Closers (2nd), Driver Rating (4th), Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (5th), Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (5th), Fastest Laps Run (2nd), Fastest on Restarts (4th), Green Flag Passes (2nd), Green Flag Speed (4th), Laps in Top-15 (2nd), Laps Led (2nd), Passes on Frontstretch (3rd), Passes on Backstretch (3rd), Passes in Turns 1 and 2 (2nd), Turn 3 (6th), Turn 4 (1st), Quality Passes (5th) and Speed in Traffic (2nd).

· The Dollar General team heads to the Madison, IL-based track with chassis #043. This weekend, the Dollar General team heads to Gateway with chassis #43. This chassis was last seen on track at GIR in July, when Sorenson started 13th and finished second. It previously saw track time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June, when the Dollar General team brought home an eighth-place finish. The car made its track debut in November, 2009 at Phoenix International Raceway. Sorenson has been the only driver to pilot chassis #43.

· Braun Racing acquired by Turner Motorsports… Recently, it was announced that Turner Motorsports acquired select assets of Braun Racing. The team will continue to operate as Braun Racing for the remainder of the 2010 season. Plans for Turner Motorsports in 2011 include fielding three entries in both the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. The NNS driver lineup will be announced in October.

· The Dollar General team rolls into Charlotte SIXTH in the Nationwide Series Championship Owner’s Points.

Sorenson on driving at Gateway International Raceway:

“I grew up racing on short tracks and although Gateway isn’t necessarily a short track, it’s a fast track for as flat as it is. Gateway just seemed to fit my driving style the first time I raced there in 2005 and it’s been good to me since. You definitely have to use some finesse when you are driving this track. You can’t overdrive it. You’re out of the gas for a long time. I tend to like tracks where you have to get your braking right on entry, where you have to brake hard and have your car free enough to come off the corners as well.”

Sorenson on racing at Gateway for the last time:

“When we left Gateway in July with another second-place finish, we were already counting down the races until we came back. The win here keeps getting away and this Dollar General team is hungry to get it. At the time, it wasn’t announced yet that this was the last year NASCAR would be racing at Gateway. It’s unfortunate because this is a fun track to race at. It will definitely be a bittersweet weekend and will be sad to see the haulers load up and pull out for the last time. The fans have always been very supportive here. Thank you to all of them who came out to see us race all these years.”

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