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Brian Vickers replaces Reed Sorenson at Turner

Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:50 pm
Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 4, 2011) -Turner Motorsports announced today that Brian Vickers will assume driving duties of the No. 32 Dollar General Chevy, beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Vickers, the 2003 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion, who has a long-standing relationship with the team, will also get behind the wheel for the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The driver for the remaining 2011 races will be announced at a later date.

"We are continuing to evaluate our racing program as we look to the 2012 season," said team owner Steve Turner. "Brian Vickers is a proven winner at NASCAR's highest level in addition to being a driver at Turner Motorsports over the last four seasons.   He has worked with Trent Owens in the past which will allow us to immediately focus on the task at hand. We are confident Brian can help assess where we are, as a company currently, and the direction we are going as we build our programs for 2012 and beyond."

Vickers previously competed in the Nationwide Series for Turner Motorsports on a part-time basis from 2007-2010. In 41 starts, Vickers compiled 15 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes along with three pole awards. Vickers has made four Nationwide Series starts at Kansas Speedway, notching one top-10 finish back in 2007 while driving the No. 10 entry for Turner Motorsports. 

"I can't thank everyone at Dollar General and Turner Motorsports enough for this opportunity," said Vickers. "They have been so supportive of me both personally and professionally over the past few years, and it's great to continue this relationship for a few more races. I am looking forward to driving this new Nationwide Series car with Trent and the guys behind me!"

The No. 32 team remains under the leadership of Trent Owens, the same crew chief Vickers worked with during the majority of his time at Turner Motorsports.

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:49 am

Brian Vickers replaces Reed Sorenson at Turner

No kidding.  This is kinda crazy.  Jayski posting says Sorenson got a phone call and hadn't seen it coming and wasn't given a reason.  Jayski also says layoffs are expected with that team and Dollar General isn't coming back next year.  Maybe they figure Vickers gives them a better chance at winning/competing against the Cup drivers in the remaining races, in the hopes they can impress a sponsor.  Although it is kinda odd how of their 4 teams, they dump the driver who is highest in the standings.  And with a little luck could still contend for the title.

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:04 pm

Brian Vickers replaces Reed Sorenson at Turner

and it doesn't even give a reason as to why he was let go. not even the generic "it was a mutial decision" very interesting

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:47 pm

Brian Vickers replaces Reed Sorenson at Turner

Sorenson's third in Nationwide points and he's out of a ride.  That series becomes more of a joke every week.

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