With less than 20 minutes remaining in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Reed Sorenson blew an engine and oiled down the track.
Reed Sorenson has finished better than he started in his last four attempts at Kansas Speedway.
Reed Sorenson will be lucky to finish in the top 30 at Charlotte. Four of his last five starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended outside that mark.
Reed Sorenson entered this spring’s AAA 400 with a three-race streak of running at the end of a race at Dover International Speedway. He crashed on lap 204 and failed to finish.
Reed Sorenson had a reasonably strong finish this July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished 35th after starting 36th, but this is a team that often races with limited resources.
Reed Sorenson has finished only one of his last three Southern 500 attempts racing for modestly-funded entries. He crossed under the checkers 30th, five laps off the pace, while racing for Frank Stoddard in 2012. He failed to finish in 2010 and 2014—and missed the remainder of the events in that span.
Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for two races on two-mile tracks in 2015 making attempts for Robby Benton and Jay Robinson. This June, he started last in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and advanced nine positions to finish 31st.
Premium Motorsports has not been very productive on short tracks with Reed Sorenson this year. In three starts on courses less than a mile in length, he finished 37th at Martinsville Speedway and 40th at both Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Reed Sorenson was just starting to show some improvement when the series rolled into Daytona International Speedway to run the Coke Zero 400 this July. He finished 22nd in that race, on the heels of a 28th at Pocono Raceway and 31st at Michigan International Speedway. Since then, his results have steadily declined.
Reed Sorenson finished 28th this spring in the Axalta 400 at this week’s venue Pocono Raceway, which was his second top-30 in his last four races.
Reed Sorenson is coming off a 28th-place finish in his last attempt on a flat track. He started 40th in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 and added 12 place-differential points to his total.
Reed Sorenson posted the slowest laps consistently in practice for the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. He was 40th in all three sessions in which he practiced and skipped one.
When NASCAR gave 36 teams charters and limited the Sprint Cup field to 40 cars, it was rightly expected that the age of start-and-park racers was over. There are still a few teams that fit the role of utility picks, however, and Premium Motorsports is making a living running in the 30s.
Reed Sorenson missed last year’s Axalta We Paint Winners 400 and finished only 34th in the August Windows 10 400, but he has had some recent success on this track. In August 2014 he finished 27th in a Tommy Baldwin Racing entry after starting 35th.