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Lets Get Real Here: Reed Sorenson's Move To GEM

Matthew MerrillContributor ISeptember 9, 2008

As of two weeks ago, we all heard the news that Reed Sorenson would be leaving Chip Ganassi Racing and joining up with Gillett Evernham Motorsports. That news did not come as a shock to the majority of us because he was not having success with Ganassi because the team has fallen on economic hard times. GEM seemed to be a suitable alternative—but in contrast is it?

Over the past several years, GEM has done extremely well in comparison to Ganassi having one car in the chase in three out of the five there have been. But that is it.

In the past two years the wins of the two teams are two to one. Evernham struggles to keep all three of his cars in the top 35 in points and has now missed the chase two years in a row. These two teams are on the same level of competition. GEM's cars are in the same spots every year

In 2004: No. 19 driven by Jeremy Mayfield in the Chase

             No. 9 driven by Kasey Kahne missed the Chase finished 13th

In 2005: No. 19 driven by Jeremy Mayfield in the Chase

             No. 9 driven by Kasey Kahne missed the Chase finished 23rd

In 2006: Teams switched around

           No. 9 driven by Kahne in the Chase

           No. 10 driven by Scott Riggs missed the Chase finished 20th

           No. 19 driven by Mayfield, Bill Elliott, and Elliott Sadler finished up 31st

In 2007: No. 9 driven by Kahne missed the Chase finished 19th

            No. 19 driven by Sadler missed the Chase finished 23rd

            No. 10 driven by Riggs finished 36th

My closing point is that this team has backpedalled since 2006 when they changed up the teams and what are the odds the number one car in the GEM will be given to Reed?  I think he should have learned from Elliott Sadler's mistake in coming to this team.

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