Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sorenson To Race In Daytona, Hillman Unhappy With Charter System Exclusion

With today's formal announcement of the implementation of a NASCAR charter system for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season, Hillman Racing announced that it will field the No. 40 CRC BRAKLEEN Chevrolet with driver Reed Sorenson in the 58th annual Daytona 500.  

Hillman Racing was not awarded one of NASCAR’s 36 charters, and thus will attempt to qualify for one of the four starting sports available to “open” drivers. Team owner Mike Hillman minced no words in commenting on that move, saying, “While we are absolutely disappointed with our exclusion from the new charter system, we have sponsors, partners and friends that have stood behind us, and for that I am truly grateful.  

"I've poured my heart and soul -- literally my blood, sweat and tears -- into building a competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup team over the past three years, and to be told one week prior to the sport's biggest event of a complete overhaul of the framework of the Series is disheartening. For the time being, I will instead focus on the positives. We have a great partner like CRC Industries that will allow me to continue to realize my lifelong dream of fielding a car in the Daytona 500."  

The team has secured the driving services of 30-year-old Sorenson, who last season raced his way into the Daytona 500 by earning a transfer spot in his150-mile qualifying race. The team has tapped race-winning crew chief Pat Tryson to lead the No. 40 CRC Brakleen team. Sorenson, who celebrated his 30th birthday last Friday, will attempt to race his way into the Daytona 500 for the seventh time in his career. He has recorded fifth- and ninth-place finishes in NASCAR's biggest race.


  1. Anonymous7:50 PM

    I understand some of the reasons behind why they did this but still is not fair since only the big money teams got the charters! I mean the wood brothers have been racing forever and now they go full time again and they got the shaft!

  2. Anonymous5:59 PM

    The big money teams were not the only ones who got the charters. Tommy Baldwin Racing, BK Racing, just to name a couple, are not big money teams and they got a charter. The Wood brothers didn't get one because they did not compete in that many race over the past 3 years.