Tag:Turner Motorsports
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:54 pm

Turner Motorsports plans for downsize

By Pete Pistone

Add Turner Motorsports to the list of NASCAR teams facing economic challenges. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series team issued a statement on Tuesday advising its employees of a potential downsizing for the 2012 season.

Turner's official statement read:

Due to the current economic climate, coupled with the decision by long-time marketing partner, Dollar General, to seek other sponsorship opportunities, Turner Motorsports has notified its employees of a potential downsizing at the end of the current racing season. It is hopeful the action will become unnecessary as the team continues to work with potential marketing partners for their Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series teams.

The team currently fields four Nationwide entires and a pair of truck series teams but there have been several reports one each from both divisions would be sliced from the organization's future plans.

Turner joins Germain Racing, Rusty Wallace Inc., Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing as NASCAR-affiliated operations that will scale back or possibly sit out the 2012 season if additional sponsorship dollars are not found.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:12 am

Martin to drive for Turner in select N'wide races

Turner Motorsports press release:

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 12, 2011) – Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of racing legend, Mark Martin, to its 2011 driver line-up. Martin will pilot the No. 32 Dollar General Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway with crew chief, Trent Owens, calling the shots. He will also drive the No. 32 Silverado in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

“I’m excited to be running back in the Nationwide and Truck Series again,” said Martin. “Everyone at Dollar General and Turner Motorsports has been great and I’m looking forward to hitting the track with them next year. Working with Turner [Motorsports], I get to extend my relationship with Chevrolet and continue to have Hendrick horsepower under the hood which is really, really good.”

Martin brings unparalleled experience to Turner Motorsports. With a NASCAR career spanning 30 years, he has 40 wins in 794 Sprint Cup Series starts, holds the all-time Nationwide Series records for most wins (48) and most pole positions (30), and seven wins in 23 NCWTS starts. In 2006, motorsports media members acknowledged his accomplishments by naming him the greatest Nationwide Series driver of all-time. Martin continues to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports machine.

“The races we picked for both series are personal favorites of mine. I’d love to win another truck race, and I’ve got to get back to Victory Lane in the Dollar General car so I can keep Kyle [Busch] from breaking my Nationwide Series record,” Martin joked.

Martin has experienced tremendous success at the tracks at which he will compete for Turner Motorsports. In five Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martin has three wins, four top-fives, five top-10s and two pole awards to his credit. In only two Nationwide starts at Auto Club Speedway, he has earned one win and a third-place finish. At Michigan International Speedway, he has two wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes and one pole position in his 11 starts. Martin will make his Nationwide Series debut when the team travels to Kentucky Speedway in July.

Team owner, Steve Turner, is very pleased with the experience that Martin brings with him and has high expectations for his organization in 2011.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Mark Martin to our stable of drivers,” commented Turner. “Mark [Martin] shares my same passion for helping groom young talent and has expressed interest in helping us get our young drivers to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. I can’t think of a better mentor than Mark Martin. Everyone at Turner Motorsports knows the value and experience he brings to our organization and we are all delighted to have him join our team. We look forward to getting Mark [Martin] and Dollar General into the winners circle in 2011.”

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: September 30, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 10:42 am

Recently released Scott hooks up with RAB

Following his release from Turner Motorsports -- formerly Braun Racing -- RAB Racing has picked up Brian Scott to drive its No. 09 Nationwide Series car at Kansas.

Scott is currently 14th in Nationwide points, but is leading the rookie of the year standings.

His status for future Nationwide event is still to be announced.

Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:26 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 10:44 am

Turner putting stamp on expanded organization

Steve Turner, who completed a purchase of the four-car team of Braun Racing last week, isn't wasting anytime making changes.

Brian Scott , who had been the primary driver of Braun's No. 11 car this season, has driven his last race for the team and Tayler Malsam,  who had been sharing seat time in the No. 10 with Jason Leffler . looks to be out the door as well.

The departures open the door for Ricky Carmichael and James Buescher , who both have been driving for Turner in the Truck Series.

Carmichael will make his Nationwide debut in the No. 10 car at Kansas, while Buescher will draw duties in the No. 11.

Leffler had been splitting time between the No. 10 and No. 38 cars of Braun Racing. He should be safe for the remainder of the season.  Reed Sorenson, who has been the primary driver of the No. 32, is also expected to remain through season's end. Their status for next season, however, is not yet clear.

Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:07 pm

Turner Motorsports acquires Braun Racing

Turner Motorsports press release:

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 24, 2010) – Turner Motorsports, currently a two-team operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), announced today that they are acquiring select assets of Braun Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team and will immediately take over operation of the organization.

Braun Racing fields four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series - the No. 32, No. 38, No. 10 and No. 11 cars with a driver line-up that includes Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, David Reutimann, Brian Scott, Tayler Malsam and Jacques Villeneuve.  These four teams will join forces with the existing Turner Motorsports’ NCWTS entries - the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Ricky Carmichael, and the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet Silverado, driven by James Buescher.

With the acquisition of Braun Racing, Turner Motorsports will field six teams in two of NASCAR's top-three premier series. Plans for the 2011 racing season include three NNS teams and three NCWTS teams. The NNS driver line up for Turner Motorsports will be announced in October. As for the NCWTS teams, James Buescher will once again pilot the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado with Ricky Carmichael also returning to drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado. The team will operate out of Braun Racing's current 88,000 square-foot facility in Mooresville, NC.  Todd Braun, Doug Stringer and Harry Scott, Jr. will continue to be an integral part of Turner Motorsports.

"We are really excited about expanding Turner Motorsports into to the NASCAR Nationwide Series," says Steve Turner, owner of Turner Motorsports, LLC. "We have been looking at ways to grow our team structure to provide additional sponsorship opportunities for our partners and to create new opportunities for our drivers. It became apparent that we could accomplish those goals by making a deal with Todd Braun and purchasing select assets of Braun Racing. We also hope that this purchase will allow us to continue to grow very positive relationships with the existing sponsors as well as the tremendous list of marketing partners that have supported Braun Racing over the years including Dollar General, Great Clips, AccuDoc Solutions, Iron Horse Jeans, BigSpot.com, ABF and Fraternal Order of Eagles. Braun Racing has put together a great group of drivers, crew chiefs and employees and they have put very competitive teams on the track. We look to help them get even more competitive as we move forward."

"We are dedicated to making our Nationwide teams ultra-competitive," Turner added. "With the introduction of the Nationwide Series’ ‘new car,’ we know that success will require a significant upgrade in infrastructure, technology and financial commitment. Going head to head in this series with teams like Joe Gibbs Racing and Penkse Racing, we know that it will take a total commitment and we are prepared to make that commitment. Everyone at Braun Racing has done a really good job of building a solid program and we look to expand on that. Our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program has been up and running for about a year now and we have made great strides with that program. Our goal for next year is to compete for dual championships in both series."

Braun Racing's No. 32 car is currently sixth in NNS owner point standings, only 167 points out of the top-five. The No. 10 car is 17th, the No. 38 sits 19th and the No. 11 rounds out the top-20 in owner points with its driver, Brian Scott, currently leading the NNS rookie-of-the-year standings. The team was created in 2002, running races in the ARCA Racing Series.  The following year, they made their entrance into the NASCAR Nationwide Series and have since grown into one of the most successful independent teams in the series, producing four wins with drivers Jamie McMurray, Jason Leffler, Dave Blaney and Kyle Busch.

Turner Motorsports has experienced its own success in a short amount of time with drivers, James Buescher and Ricky Carmichael.  So far this season, Carmichael is credited with two top-five and five top-10 finishes, while Buescher has produced five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, Buescher posted a career-best finish of second.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 8:33 am

Turner Motorsports reportedly buys Braun Racing

Steve Turner, owner of Turner Motorsports in the Truck Series, is reportedly set to buy the Nationwide operation of Braun Racing.

According to Sirius Speedway , current Turner drivers James Buescher and Ricky Carmichael will remain with the team and that Reed Sorenson and Brian Scott, who drive Braun's Nationwide cars, would not lose their rides with Turner's acquisition.

Turner appears to have made his money as an oil executive. He started Turner Motorsports last season.

-- Brian De Los Santos

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