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Maybe it wasn’t the best move for Reed Sorensen…

Posted by Keith Murray on August 30, 2008

I just read on Jayski.com where Patrick Carpentier has said that he is pretty much a free agent. This will be the second time that Ray Evernham has not given a new driver the room and opportunity to grow. Casey Atwood was a child prodigy much like Reed is, and he was given one year – 2001 – to prove his worth before being pawned off to the (at that time) number 7 Ultramotorsports satellite team. Atwood was never really given the opportunity to succeed. He finished 3rd at the season-ending Homestead race after leading with just 5 laps to go and being passed by his teammate at the time, Bill Elliott.

Carpentier did not even make it halfway through the season this year before Ray essentially threw in the towel on the 10 car and Carpentier. That is going to put a lot of pressure on Sorensen to excel quickly. I think he can and will do it, but if he stumbles at all, he better hope the Ray Evernham that shows patience to Elliott Sadler is the same Ray Evernham he gets to deal with. Otherwise, he may just be the latest bundle of potential kicked to the GEM curb.

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