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Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 5:25 pm

Reed Sorenson finds Kansas ride

By Pete Pistone

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Reed Sorenson has found a home for this weekend at least after his surprising release from Turner Motorsports earlier this week.

Sorenson sits third in the Nationwide Series point standings but was released by Turner on Wednesday. Although team owner Steve Turner has not publicly stated why the decision to part ways was made, Sorenson found himself unemployed despite being in the thick of the championship battle with only five races left in the season.

Sorenson will pilot Randy MacDonald's No. 82 entry for Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300.

"I know [Sorenson] wants to race and he wants to stay as well-placed in the points as he can," MacDonald told "We wouldn't even have the car on the track this weekend if it wasn't for [sponsor] K-Love, so we're here to give them as much exposure as we can -- to get a top-10 if we can."

As of now the deal puts Sorenson in the No. 82 for this week only.

"It's too early to look beyond this weekend," MacDonald said. "I think [Sorenson] needs to get in our car and see how we run and where our weaknesses are, and together see how we can overcome some of those weaknesses to meet his expectations. That's my approach.

"We can't match the performance of the team he had, just like that. But I'd be pretty excited for the challenge of moving in that direction, working together. But it depends on him getting in the car and getting a decent finish."

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Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:50 pm

Brian Vickers replaces Reed Sorenson at Turner

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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Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:24 pm

Allgaier, Sorenson land Nationwide rides

From the Asssociated Press:
Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson will have full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series rides in 2011 for Turner Motorsports.

The team that recently acquired Braun Racing said Friday it will run three cars next year in each of the Nationwide and Camping World Trucks Series.

Allgaier, last year's Nationwide rookie of the year, will drive the No. 31 Chevrolet for the next two years. Sorenson will drive the No. 32 in 2011.

Turner's third Nationwide car will rotate among Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher and Jason Leffler.

In the Truck Series, Carmichael and Buescher are set for full-time rides next year. The third entry will rotate among Allgaier, Leffler, USAC star Brad Sweet and other drivers.

Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:55 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 4:32 pm

Sorenson to replace Vickers at Red Bull

Casey Mears has lost his job as the fill-in for Brian Vickers in the No. 83 car.

Road course specialist Mattias Ekstrom is making his Cup debut in the car for this weekend's race at Infineon, while Reed Sorenson has been tabbed to drive the car in the June 27 race at New Hampshire.

Since Vickers was forced out of the car due to blood clots, Mears has been serving as his replacement. In four races, he has a best finish of 22nd. More than the sub-par finishes though, what likely got Mears booted was running into Red Bull teammate Scott Speed during last week's race at Michigan. Speed was able to continue and finished 28th, while Mears exacerbated his situation by wrecking on pit road, which sent him to the garage for further repairs.

“Our unique situation has afforded us the opportunity to try some different things, and we’re continuing to do that with Reed,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing's vice president and general manager. “We appreciate Casey’s work and everything he’s done the past five weeks.”

Sorenson, 24, made his Sprint Cup debut in October 2005 at Atlanta. He’s made 148 Cup starts -- three this season -- with five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. His best season came in 2007 when he earned three top fives and six top 10s, including his first pole at Indianapolis.

Mears, meanwhile, has hooked back up with Tommy Baldwin racing where he was driving before he his Red Bull stint. He's slated to drive the No. 36 car at New Hampshire. Brian Simo is in the car this weekend at Infineon, while Steve Park -- how's that for a blast from the past? -- is scheduled to drive the car at Daytona on July 3.

-- Brian De Los Santos

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