Reed Sorenson Grabs Top 10, Aiming for New Contract After Magic Weekend

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2008

This weekend turned out to be truly magical for Reed Sorenson.

After all, three Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodges were fast off the truck when they arrived at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The race looked as if the Target 41 would have another dismal day.

Sorenson started the race sixth but began falling back after the first set of pit stops.  He ran as low as 30 second and even went a lap down to then leader Tony Stewart.

However, the Peachtree City, GA native began his rally back by getting the lucky dog after AJ Allmendinger's engine let go on lap 203.  Donnie Wingo, Reed Sorenson's crew chief, used strategy by pitting on lap 217.

With the leaders pitting on lap 274, it took Sorenson from 24th to sixth.

Sorenson, who wouldn't start 35th if rain during qualifying hadn't subsided, was saved by the rain and finished—you guessed it, sixth.

With the top 10, his second of the season, he's now 31st in Owner's Points.

And what about next season?  Those rumors are also seemingly vanishing around the 22-year-old, as he told The Charlotte Observer Saturday he hoped to have an extension with CGR worked out in a couple of weeks.

Reed Sorenson looks to continue this momentum this Saturday night at Daytona, where he finished fifth in the season opener.