By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
Reed Sorenson's ouster from Turner Motorsports was sudden and unexpected.
Sorenson confirmed to Sirius Speedway on Tuesday that he had been fired from his NASCAR Nationwide Series ride in the No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet, effective immediately.
Brian Vickers will replace Sorenson in the car this weekend at Kansas and for the Oct. 14 race at Charlotte.
Sorenson currently is third in the Nationwide standings, 49 points behind series leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Turner will announce a driver for the remaining 2011 races at a later time.
Concurrent with Sorenson's departure, Turner confirmed in a team release that it was losing Sorenson's sponsor, Dollar General, at the end of the season and had notified its employees of possible downsizing.
"I'm not sure what happened," Sorenson told the radio show. "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."
Vickers, the 2003 Nationwide champion and currently the driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Sprint Cup car, has a long-standing relationship with Turner, having collected 28 top-10 finishes and three poles in 41 starts for Turner from 2007-2010.
Trent Owens will continue as crew chief for the No. 32 car.
"We are continuing to evaluate our racing program as we look to the 2012 season," team owner Steve Turner said in a statement. "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."