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Turner Motorsports takes big step with acquisition of Braun Racing

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. — Turner Motorsports, a two-team organization in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, moved up in class Friday with the announcement of its acquisition of unspecified assets of Braun Racing’s four-car Nationwide Series operation.

The bottom line is that Turner will operate three truck series teams next season—with drivers Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Chevrolet) and James Buescher (No. 31 Chevrolet) and a driver to be named—along with three Nationwide Series teams.

Braun Racing currently fields Toyotas (Nos. 10, 11, 32 and 38) and has used 13 drivers this year, including Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, David Reutimann, Brian Scott, Tayler Malsam, Brian Vickers and Jacques Villeneuve.

Turner’s announcement did not specify whether the Nationwide effort would continue with Toyota or switch to Chevrolet. The complete driver lineup for both series will be announced in October.

"We’ve been looking at ways to grow our team structure to provide additional sponsorship opportunities for our partners and to create new opportunities for drivers," said Steve Turner, owner of Turner Motorsports. "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."

Turner Motorsports will operate out of Braun’s 88,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. Braun principals Todd Braun, Doug Stringer and Harry Scott Jr. will continue to be an integral part of Turner Motorsports, Turner said.