Reed Sorenson Gets Dumped

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14:  Reed Sorenson, driver of the #43 Auto Valve Bumber to Bumber Dodge, waits on pit row during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan Internetional Speedway on August 14, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Reed Soreson has had a tough year but it's gotten more worst than he ever thought of.

Today it was announced that Richard Petty Motorsports would merge with Yates racing for a four car team that will race Fords and includes Kasey Kahne, AJ Almendiner, Elliott Sadler, and Paul Menard.

That leaves Reed Sorenson out to dry.

Reed Sorenson's season has been tough no doubt with only 1 top ten , a 9th in the Daytona 500, and is 28th in points.  In his career he has had 5 top fives, with a career best finish of 3rd coming at Atlanta fall of 2006, 14 top ten finishes, 145 laps led, and a best points finish of 22nd. 

Not the most impressive huh?  Well let's take a look at Paul Menard's stats shall we.

Paul has no top tens this season, his best finish is 13th at Texas, and is 32nd in points.  He has 1 career top 5 a 2nd coming at Talladega last fall, 2 top tens, he has led 40 laps in his whole car (to put this in perspective Tony Stewart earlier this year at Louden led 40 laps), and his best points finish is 26th.

And as far as nationwide goes Reed Sorenson has 3 wins and has finished 4th, and 10th in his 2 full seasons in nationwide. 

As for Paul Menard his nationwide stats are decent.  But not as good as Sorenson.  He has 1 win and finishes of 23rd, 6th and 6th in points in his 3 full seasons in the nationwide series.

Now you'd think that Reed Sorenson get the ride right?  Well in a normal would he would.  But Paul has what Reed doesn't have.  And that is $$$$$$, and lots of it from his daddy John Menard.

The economy has done a screwed alot of drivers this year.  It screwed Jamie McMurray out of a ride vs his teammate David who despite being 29th in points only a few points from falling back to 30th has a lucrative sponsorship deal with UPS.  It has screwed Bobby Labonte who has to get out of his #96 car for 7 races so that Erilk Darnell who has sponsorship can race.

Now it has screwed Reed Sorenson.

There are not many opportunities out there for Reed in cup that are solid.  Jamie McMurray in the 1 car is pretty much a done deal as McMurray was seen going to the Bass Pro Shop headquarters and said on Sirus NASCAR radio that he already knows his plans for 2010 but just needs to finalize all the "legal stuff".

There is the 71.  With the 26 and 43 (or 98 hasn't been decided yet) going out of business the 82 and 71 will be moved to 34th and 35th in owners points.  That team with the limited number of people and resources has done well in the races they have been allowed to complete.  Bobby Labonte his first time out in the 71 finished 18th and ran as high as 6th at Atlanta.  With the proper backing and more people being in the top 35 in owners points they can be a solid top 20 in points team which is what Sorenson needs.

One can only hope a driver with such talent as Reed Sorenson doesn't get shuffled back to the nationwide series.  If he does he'd have 2 great rides open.  The 32 for Braun racing in which he finished 2nd with at Gateway, and the 1 car with Phoenix racing in which he has raced for 3 times this season.

The future isn't bright for Sorenson a driver with potential, yet the future looks clear for Menard a never was and a never will be.  And it is a shame it is all because of the economy.