Help Keep Reed Sorenson in the 43 Car, He Deserves It!

Paul FordContributor ISeptember 18, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 16:  Reed Sorenson, driver of the #43 Auto Valve Bumper to Bumper Dodge,  pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Reed Sorenson is one of NASCAR's top young drivers. He is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. However, he has already been bumped from one ride in favor of a bigger name, and now is in danger of losing his ride in the 43 car for next season. Sorenson expected to spend at least a few years in this car, but a recent merger of Richard Petty Motorsports and Yates Racing has changed things. The Current plan is to move A.J. Allmendinger into the 43, while Paul Menard takes over the spot Sorenson currently holds on the team. This should not happen.


Paul Menard has never been successful in NASCAR's highest level series. Nor has he shown signs that he ever will be. Menard is only just good enough to run at the back of races and stay just inside the top 35 cutoff in points.


However, Menard has been all but guaranteed a ride at the Cup level thanks to his father's company, Menards, sponsoring his car. This is nothing but a pure shameless play for money. Even at the junior high level, it is a travesty to see daddy's money getting his kid a spot on a team. To see it happen at this level is atrocious.


NASCAR fans shouldn't let this happen, especially concerning two of NASCAR's greatest teams and the most storied number in the sport. At least not without a fight. We don't want money to be the controlling factor in the sport.


Tell the ownership at Richard Petty Motorsports to keep Reed Sorenson in the 43. Paul Menard does not deserve this ride. Help Reed get what he deserves. Sign the petition. Help save the sport.


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