Sorenson, seeing improvement at Premium Motorsports, hopes to return to team in 2018
By Dominic Aragon
September 29, 2017
Reed Sorenson continues to plug along as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s top series.
Sorenson, a 13-year veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is in his second full-time year with Premium Motorsports.
The 31-year-old driver has bounced between two car numbers—and manufacturers—along with three crew chiefs this season, all with Premium Motorsports.
Sorenson’s highest finish this season was a 25th-place lead lap effort at Kansas Speedway in May.
Altogether, the two-car organization has seen various drivers and sponsors in their lineup this season. Of the ten drivers to compete for the team this year, two have had finishes inside the top-20 (Michael Waltrip and Ross Chastain).
Sorenson has competed in the most races for Premium this season.
“The sport is always changing, and for a small team like Premium, it’s very tough, at the top level, to keep up with what the big teams are doing and how they’re able to find speed,” Sorenson said.
“With the amount of money that they’re able to spend versus what we can, it’s a pretty big gap between the two.”
Faster cars over the last few weeks. and the addition of former Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. as a crew chief and competition director for the team. are what Sorenson credits to the team running more competitive.
“The past few weeks have gone pretty well,” Sorenson said.
There are eight races left in the season for NASCAR’s premier series, and Sorenson will be behind-the-wheel at the remaining events.
Sorenson, who leads the team in all-time starts for the organization in the Cup Series, would like to continue to race for Premium in 2018.
“I hope so,” Sorenson said. “That’s the plan. I’ve had a great relationship with [team owner] Jay [Robinson] the past couple years. Him and I have become good friends and work well together.
“I enjoy working for him, and I think he enjoys me working for him. I would like to continue that.
“We’re always trying to find sponsorship, that’s the toughest thing out there right now, is trying to secure funding.”