Reed Sorenson is definitive proof that life just moves faster now.
The Peachtree City Ga., product achieved his career ambition — a regular ride in NASCAR's Cup Series — by age 20.
Now an ancient 24, Sorenson is on the comeback trail.
When the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday's Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz, Sorenson will be trying to work his way back to stock car racing's big time.
After four years as a full-time Cup driver, Sorenson is spending 2010 behind the wheel of Braun Racing's No. 32 Dollar General Toyota in NASCAR's version of Class AAA.
It has to be a little weird working toward a career bounceback before one hits 25.
"It seems alright. I'm still pretty young," Sorenson said Thursday. "I just want to work hard and take advantage of the opportunity I have right now. If I do that, I figure the future will work out."
Sorenson is not the only name familiar to NASCAR fans who will be on the Sparta track when the green flag drops around 8 p.m.
Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano will be going for his third-straight victory at Kentucky Speedway in the Nationwide race.
"We're going to go up there and try to keep the perfect record going," Logano said.
Current Cup drivers Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard are also in the field.
This will be the 10th time the series now known as Nationwide has run in Sparta and the second such race held under the ownership of Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Smith — who bought the track with the promise of bringing a Cup race to the commonwealth — is expected to attend Saturday's event.
Sorenson first made his name as a teen sensation racing in the American Speed Association. He quickly caught the eye of motorsports mogul Chip Ganassi.
In 2005, Ganassi put the then-19-year-old Georgian in a full-time ride in what is now the Nationwide Series. After 15 races, Sorenson was leading the points. For the year, he won twice and ended up fourth in the standings.
Ganassi fast tracked him to the Cup Series the next year.
Sorenson had some good moments in the big leagues. He ran fifth at Michigan as a Cup rookie. In 2007, he posted a fourth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and a third on his hometown track at Atlanta. At the 2008 Daytona 500, Sorenson finished fifth.
However, Sorenson never finished higher than 22nd in the Cup points standings.
"I feel I did everything that was in my power to make it work," Sorenson said of his time with Ganassi.
For the 2009 Cup season, the driver moved to Gillett-Evernham Motorsports. When that team merged with Richard Petty Motorsports, Sorenson eventually found himself the odd man out.
Coming into this season, "there were no good Cup rides open," he said. "For me, I thought it would be better to try to find a good ride (in a lower series) rather than be a 'start and park guy' or just ride around in the back of the Cup races all day."
Originally, Sorenson was to split seat time in the No. 32 Toyota with Cup regular Brian Vickers. Since blood clotting issues sidelined Vickers for the season, Sorenson has added five more races to the 23 he was already scheduled to run in the Dollar General car.
So far, Sorenson had made nine Nationwide starts in 2010 with three Top Fives and seven Top 10s.
Sorenson hasn't raced at Kentucky since 2006.
"Just from watching on TV, the track (surface) looks a lot rougher," he said.
For the 24-year-old Sorenson, victory in a rough ride at Kentucky could represent a significant move forward on the comeback trail.