Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP) – Timmy Hill had to race at the Daytona 500 to keep his under-funded team out of life support. Red Sorenson could have served as a spotter instead of a driver for his holiday week if he did not qualify for the race.
Both drivers are in the 40-car arena, with recent small teams trying to heavyweight Joe Zibes Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Stuart-Hash Racing for the largest share of Sunday’s “Great American Race” record for $ 237 million. “
Hill will be driving his Daytona to 500mbm motorsports, a team that failed to qualify for the race last season. The desperate need of cash for the team to come to DeShonea to stay afloat for the rest of the season.
“We weren’t folding, no,” said Hill, who started winless at 12 career. “Hard ing up from this hole”
NASCAR had 36 drivers guaranteed to build the Daytona 500 field as part of the agreement with the charter system. That leaves four open slots for scrappy teams that usually pin hopes of surviving the season due to their performance at Speedweek.
Justin Haley, Who won the Daytona Race last summer and earned a spot on the field as the fastest charterless driver on the day Brendan Gogan was selected.
Fifth-seeded Sorenson lost to Daytona 3 in the 21st Chad Finch Former Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez ran the 5-mile race to claim the spot and took a break. Hill had some breathing trouble after JJ. Yale has crashed.
“I had a lot of weight on my shoulders for this race,” Hill said. “I thought I was ready for the pressure. This was not a problem. I knew we had to do this race. “
Competing the race is the first step towards the best ten finishes – anything is possible in Daytona – but all four are away from the front row pace of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and William Byron. Hill is 32nd, Justin Haley is 33rd, Gogan is 39th and Sorenson is the latest to start.
Sorenson said, “People in small groups can work together at many times.” “I’m concentrating on Sunday knowing that there are some options and opportunities for people to work with us. Any time you try to create this competition, it’s a very nerve racking, not just for the driver, but for the team owners. I don’t think my crew chief has slept in over a week. “
The 34-year-old Sorenson, who has been driving for Premium Motorsports, began his break when he signed a development deal with Chip Ganassi Racing early in his career. He showed promise when he won the second-tier NASCAR race in the Twenty20, but nothing more than that span and he did not win after the start of the 120 career Cup. The average of 3232 of last year in 25 races in multiple teams of travelman drivers
“You never know when you’ll never have another chance to run the Daytona 500,” Sorenson says. “I didn’t know for sure whether I was driving or spotting. I don’t know if many people know but I am spotting many times when I am not driving. So I definitely wanted to drive. I enjoy spotting, but not like driving