The 2011 season seemed to be helping Reed Sorenson revitalize his NASCAR career. Sorenson won the Nationwide Series race at Road America in June, and has accumulated 18 top 10’s in 29 races. His average finish has been an impressive 10.6.
With six races left in the season, Sorenson sits third in the standings, 49 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He should be gearing up to make a run at the championship with Turner Motorsports. Instead, Sorenson finds himself without a ride.
Sorenson was released from the No. 32 team effective immediately. Sorenson said, “”I’m not sure what happened. I got a phone call this morning, but they didn’t really say much. All they would say is that I’m out of the car. I haven’t gotten a reason; I’m just as confused as you are.” Sorenson has been working feverishly to find a Nationwide team that will allow him to complete the season.
Rumors started circulating late last week that sponsor Dollar General was leaving the No. 32 team and Sorenson at the end of the 2011 season to pursue other options. It didn’t take long for those rumors to become reality, as team owner Steve Turner had meetings with the majority of employees and handed out letters in accordance with North Carolina WARN Act regarding layoffs.
Turner announced that Brian Vickers, a former Nationwide Series champion, will assume driving duties of the No. 32 Chevy beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Vickers drove the No. 32 car before, when it was owned by Braun Racing.
Turner said, “We are confident [Vickers] 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.”
A little over a month ago Sorenson had an on track incident at the Atlanta Motor Speedway with teammate Justin Allgaier which cost him more than 20 points. Sorenson was very outspoken about the incident with reporters and reportedly he had an intense meeting with Turner Motorsports after the incident.
It is not know whether this has anything to do with his release.