Reed Sorenson is going back to racing basics this season in hopes to return back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2011.
He is driving in the NASCAR Nationwide series part time for the No. 10 Braun Racing.
It is not exactly what or how Sorenson planned this season but just like on the track you can’t control every variable.
Driving the famed No. 43 in 2009 not on were the expectations there for him to run well but to put the No.43 back in victory circle. It was the financial troubles that faced RPM in the offseason which saw them merge with Yates Racing in the off season.
In a sport centered around “what can you do for me lately”, often times good, quality drivers get lost in the shuffle and for Sorenson not only was he lost in the shuffle he was released from Richard Petty Motorsports following the 2009 season.
Sorenson is very talented and in fact it was only a few years ago that many touted Sorenson the next big star of NASCAR. His boyish good looks and his talent alone should have guaranteed Sorenson a ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for years to come.
An economy in turmoil and a racing organization at RPM in financial disarray meant there were no guarantees for even a paycheck.
It is what Sorenson has done in the Nationwide series that has had some people turning heads. With many Sprint Cup drivers running both series when Sorenson has been in the seat he has ran up front with the leaders.
Since getting in the car at Bristol in March, Sorenson has had two top fives and four top 10 finishes in six starts this season. In every race he except for Talladega he has run at least 85 percent of the laps in the top 15.
He is contending for wins and solid top 10 finishes doing everything he can to draw the attention of potential sponsors.
Certainly his results so far should be turning a few heads.
His best finish so far was second at Nashville where in the closing lap he ran down eventual winner Kevin Harvick. It’s not easy to prove yourself the first time around and the second time it only gets harder but Sorenson continues to get the job done.
He is more than capable of running up front and Braun Racing’s equipment is probably the best of the non-cup supported teams in the Nationwide garage. Of the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers currently out of a ride full time, Sorenson is probably the better of them.
His results should do the talking but as we have seen with many drivers that does not equate to even a part time ride sometimes.
The only thing Sorenson can do is use every race as an audition and continue to go back to basics.