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Reed Sorenson has backup plan in bid to make Daytona 500 field

Reed Sorenson

Reed Sorenson


Reed Sorenson will have a backup car to attempt to make the Daytona 500 after crashing his primary car in qualifying.

Sorenson said his team didn’t have a backup car at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Team Xtreme Racing owner John Cohen tweeted a picture of a car the team was preparing at its Mooresville, N.C., shop.

Cohen explained in a press release from the team why it did not have a backup car at Daytona: “A good speedway car is hard to come by. As a smaller team, we buy our cars from the mega teams and once they have a good speedway car, that car is kept and used many times.”

“The wreck in qualifying was extremely disappointing but seeing the efforts of everyone on Team Xtreme as they get our backup ready - man, I am excited for Thursday’s Duels,” Sorenson said in a statement from the team. “There is a lot of pressure to race our way in to the 500 but after seeing the support of NASCAR fans on Social Media the past few days, we already feel like winners in their eyes.”

Sorenson must race his way into the Daytona 500 through his Budweiser Duel qualifying race Thursday night.

What does a Daytona 500 starting spot mean? Every car entered in last year’s Daytona 500 collected at least $278,000 - more than the winner received in 14 races a year ago.