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Reed Sorenson to fill in for Brian Vickers in Braun's No. 32 Toyota

Braun Racing said Friday that Reed Sorenson will replace Brian Vickers in the team's No. 32 Toyota in five NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season because of Vickers' health problems.

Vickers and the Red Bull Racing Sprint Cup team announced Friday that Vickers would sit out the remainder of the Cup season because of blood clot issues with him.

Sorenson will drive the No. 32 in additional races this year: Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and October, Daytona Superspeedway in July, Michigan International Speedway in August and Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

"This sport is our passion and we are all racers at heart," team owner Todd Braun said. "However, what Brian Vickers is facing now is bigger than racing. He has been a member of the Braun Racing family since 2007 and has been very important to the success of our company. He will always have a seat in one of our race cars. Everyone at Braun Racing wishes him the absolute best as he continues his treatment and works towards a return to competition in 2011."

Vickers was slated to drive the Dollar General Toyota in 10 races this season, sharing driving duties with Sorenson. In five starts, Vickers has two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Together, he and Sorenson have driven the Dollar General Camry to four top-five and nine top-10 finishes, putting the No. 32 team fifth in the Nationwide Series owners standings.

"Brian is probably one of the most talented drivers that I’ve worked with and has been a very valuable part of this team and its success," crew chief Trent Owens said. "We are obviously more concerned about his health and him getting better than we are about his racing. He will be missed, but we look forward to working with him again in the future."