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Published on June 19th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith

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More On The Pruett-Sorenson Switch At Infineon

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.

Sorenson said:

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.

Smith commented:

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.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.



2 Responses to More On The Pruett-Sorenson Switch At Infineon

  1. doyounascar says:

    I’ll admit … that completely changes things hearing it from Sorenson himself. I like where Marty went with his comments there at the end of your post, but there’s a difference between when teams replace a driver to actually help the driver and when they do it just because they lack confidence in a driver at a particular course.

    Tim Z
    http://www.doyounascar.com

  2. leadlap says:

    I agree. I think it’s an interesting deal with Sorenson, though. I still believe he’s got to be on the hot seat, considering his performance this year. Sponsors and owners don’t seem to be as patient as they once were.

    That said, maybe a switch for Sorenson might be a good thing, but only if he moves to a competitive team. I don’t think Chip Ganassi Racing is as competitive as they should be.

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