In ESPN‘s Door 2 Door column, Marty Smith shined some more light on the Scott Pruett-Reed Sorenson switch this weekend at Infineon Raceway. According to Smith, Sorenson worked with Chip Ganassi to make the decision to put Pruett in the No. 41 Dodge this weekend at Infineon Raceway.
He did not want to fall out of the top 35 in owner points, and if he does, he will end up further behind on race setup, Smith says, because he’ll have to qualify for races on time.
I’m not hurt at all. The thing is, what I am hurt by is that we’re this far back in points and have to worry about it. That upsets me and Chip both the most. Scott should be better at the road course. He should be better than me. It’s what he does. It would be a bad idea if we didn’t try that.
Sorenson and the No. 41 are battling Robby Gordon, who performs well on road courses, and Regan Smith, whose No. 01 Chevy will be driven by Ron Fellows, to stay in the top 35 in points.
I was typically skeptical about these types of decisions until recently, when I saw what Mike Skinner did for A.J. Allmendinger’s confidence. Ever since Skinner got in the No. 84 Toyota and helped assess some of the team’s shortcomings, Allmendinger has flourished.