Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, Sprint Cup drivers Clint Bowyer and Reed Sorenson will both hit career milestones when they take the green flag for the 5-Hour Energy 400.
For Sorenson it will be his 200th career Sprint Cup start. In his previous 199 career starts Sorenson has never won in the Sprint Cup Series. Over those starts he has had 15 top-10 finishes and five top-five finishes. Sorenson’s last top-10 finish came in 2010 and his last top-five finish came in 2008. Sorenson’s career has benefited from having a full-time ride. When Sorenson had a full-time ride from 2006-2009, he had 14 of his 15 top-10 finishes including all of his top-five finishes. He has not run a full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season since 2009 but he has run every race thus far in 2014.
For Bowyer, Saturday night will be his 300th career Sprint Cup Series start. In his previous 299 starts Bowyer has won eight times to go along with with 52 top-five finishes and his 140 top-10 finishes. Bowyer has gotten off to a slow start in 2014 but one would have to imagine that last weeks strong finish is a good momentum push as he heads to his home-track this weekend. Aside from making his 300th start on his home-track; Bowyer also announced that he and his wife will be expecting their first child in September.
Both Sorenson and Bowyer are hoping that they can celebrate their milestones the way that Denny Hamlin celebrated his. Last weekend at Talladega Hamlin won in what was his 300th career Sprint Cup start. Not only would a win help right the ship for both of these drivers but it would also help punch their ticket to the chase.