Reed Sorenson To Drive The No.43 Richard Petty Motorsports Nationwide Car

By Christy Valdez
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

A new opportunity has arrived for Reed Sorenson in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

On Tuesday, it was announced by Richard Petty Motorsports that Sorenson will be their new driver substituting for Michael Annett in the No.43 car in the Nationwide Series. Beginning at the race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sorenson will be behind the wheel of the No.43 until Annett is medically cleared to return following surgery for a fractured and dislocated sternum.

“It was very unexpected to get the opportunity to step in,” said Sorenson in a statement released by Richard Petty Motorsports. “ The best part is that my friend, Michael, will be cheering for me and the whole 43 Pilot Flying J Team. I talked to him about it, and he really wants to see me do well. This is a big deal for me, and I am going to make the most of it.”

The opportunity for Sorenson comes just two weeks after Annett was involved in a wreck at Daytona that required surgery. Prior to undergoing surgery, Annett was in a high point of his career following a fifth place finish in 2012 and was continuing in his improvement in the Nationwide Series. Annett and RPM were well on their way to the top of the series.

For the second race of the Nationwide season RPM Cup Series, driver Aric Almirola substituted behind the wheel.

For Sorenson having the opportunity to compete for RPM, even as a substitute for Annett, gives him a whole new opportunity in his quest to land a full time ride. Since Turner Motorsports, now known as Turner Scott Motorsports, released him, he has been looking for a team willing to give him a chance. Back in 2011 he was on the verge to compete for a championship when he was let go by TSM. Since his Nationwide debut in 2004, he has accomplished several accomplishments.

Sorenson has captured four wins, 38 top-five and 85 top-10 finishes. Following his 2011 release, he has driven for several other teams but in a part-time or limited appearance.

Despite the unfortunate situation for both parties, this latest partnership between RPM and Sorenson will benefit both as it will keep RPM in their quest for a Nationwide owners championship. It will help expose Sorenson and give him a chance to showcase all he can do behind the wheel. As for Annett, it also allows him to return to the team and with the motivation to continue on in his career.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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