February 25, 2014 — press release — TBR photo — MOORESVILLE, N.C. — With a new season comes a fresh start for Peachtree City, Georgia native Reed Sorenson. After starting the 56th annual Daytona 500 in the 39th position, Sorenson brought home the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevy spinning across the finish line in the 16th position.
After having a solid run under the lights, Sorenson was able to drive his car up to the front of the pack to compete with top teams in the NASCAR garage.
The start of the Daytona 500 was just like every other year, excitement buzzing all around the track. After 32 laps of green flag racing, the caution flag flew in the air for rain, which was quickly followed by a red flag. Six hours, a tornado warning and lots of additional rain later, the Air Titans got the track dried and the green flag waved once again at Daytona International Speedway.
Now under the lights for the second version of NASCAR Primetime, drivers were ready to go and driving like it was the last lap of the race. Sorenson quickly drove the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevy to the front of the pack and remained up front for the remainder of the race. Making his way up to fourth place, Sorenson got shuffled back on a restart and fought to get back to the front. With a caution coming out with less than ten laps to go, the field came to the green with three laps remaining. Heading to the front with a pack of cars, Sorenson got spun around and came across the finish line spinning in 16th.
“We had a great car today,” Sorenson said of his run in the No. 36. “The weather held us up for a little today, but I am so proud to say that we were up front competing for a Top 10. Those cautions there at the end got us shuffled back a little bit, and then we got caught up in the accident right there on the final lap. I hate that we weren’t able to get a Top 10 and feed the kids on Monday, but we had a great run today and a solid 16th place finish.”
Crew chief Todd Parrott also weighed in on his driver’s run post-race, in his first event atop the pit box for TBR.
“We had a great run at Daytona, so proud of the No. 36 boys. I’d like to send a heartfelt thank you to them and our sponsor Golden Corral for their hard work and dedication these past two weeks. We had a nice solid run, we’re coming home in 16th and have a great car for Phoenix.”
The Daytona 500 marked the return of Golden Corral to Tommy Baldwin Racing, a partnership that has continued to grow since the beginning of the team. Golden Corral acts as a primary sponsor on the No. 36 Chevrolet of Reed Sorenson for all four restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls on to the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix International Raceway, for The Profit on CNBC 500 on Sunday, March 2nd.
Founded in 2009, Tommy Baldwin Racing is a NASCAR organization that fields two full-time Chevrolet teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Baldwin, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Daytona 500-winning Crew Chief going into his sixth season as a full-time Cup Series car owner.
For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing please visit www.tommybaldwinracing.com.