Sorenson’s calmness, focus help spur Braun’s success

7 07 2010

Reed Sorenson has been through a lot in an abbreviated racing career. He’s driven for five owners in parts of six Cup Series seasons, four of those years spent in full-time rides. Five Nationwide owners as well, in parts of seven seasons, with a lot of overlap.

But the 24-year-old doesn’t react in the way most young drivers might. He said his mind-set keeps him sane despite the changes going on around him.

“Our main thing is we try not to make any mistakes,” Sorenson said. “The [No.] 32 car has not had a DNF this year, which is great. The competition is really tough in the top six, seven, eight.

“We’ve just been really smart about things. We haven’t had the best car every week, but we always finish where we should.” Trent Owens is the crew chief on the Braun Racing car, and he has a solid, experienced crew under him. He said getting that kind of mentality out of a young driver, albeit one with plenty of experience behind the wheel, is a real gift for his team.

“It just brings that Cup level driver experience to the table,” Owens said. “It’s hard to find. He’s still young and still has a long, long future in this sport. We feel like we were getting a veteran driver, but still with a lot of years left in him.” Sorenson has been running well this year for Braun. His 22nd-place finish at Daytona was only his second outside of the top 12 this season and ended a run of six consecutive runs of no worse than eighth.

via Sorenson’s calmness, focus help spur Braun’s success | NASCAR Nationwide Series.

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