Sorenson Tops Richmond Test

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Reed Sorenson's Wednesday morning speed of 123.215 mph topped the four sessions of testing for the Car of Tomorrow at Richmond International Raceway.

The sophomore driver was fast throughout the two day test, posting the third and ninth best time, respectively, in Tuesday's test sessions.

Kurt Busch jumped to second overall this afternoon with a lap of 123.141 mph in his No. 2A Dodge.

Johnny Benson’s morning lap of 123.136 mph in the No. 46 Wyler Racing Toyota was good enough for third best. For Benson, this week marks his first time he’s been behind the wheel of a COT, and he’s impressed at what he’s seen so far.

"It's not as bad as what you hear,” Benson said about the COT. “They're actually a lot of fun to drive. When you look at it, there are some irritating spots where you wish it would turn better in these areas. But until you run these things at different places, you just have to keep working to get things figured out.”

With the impressive run in testing, Benson hopes the team will invite him back in May for the Crown Royal Presents the "Jim Stewart 400."

"I hope we get the opportunity to come back and try to qualify for this race and run it," Benson said. "I would be pretty excited about that and I think the guys would also be pretty excited."

Jeff Green (122.945 mph) and Jeff Burton (122.800 mph) rounded out the top five of the test.

Matt Kenseth, who was the fastest Ford over the two days at 122.560 mph, was pleased at the way the test went with his team and crew chief Robbie Reiser.

“It’s been going really good, Robbie’s been in a great mood, the whole team is in a great mood and everyone’s been working hard. So it’s been going good,” Kenseth said.

65 cars tested this morning session, and after crashing yesterday, Scott Riggs did not test the No. 10 Dodge.

A total of 59 cars took part in the last session with Michael Waltrip the slowest of the field.

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