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Turner Motorsports to downsize its Nationwide, truck teams?

Turner Motorsports drivers Reed Sorenson (32) and Justin Allgaier race during the NASCAR Nationwide Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 9.
Turner Motorsports drivers Reed Sorenson (32) and Justin Allgaier race during the NASCAR Nationwide Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 9.

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Turner Motorsports, which fields four NASCAR Nationwide Series teams, announced Tuesday it has notified its employees of potential layoffs at the end of the 2011 season.

The notification of employees is in accordance with North Carolina law, which says businesses must give employees 60 days' notice of potential mass layoffs.

The move is in conjunction with the possible departure - or at least the cutback - of sponsor Dollar General.

"Due to the current economic climate, coupled with the decision by long-time marketing partner, Dollar General, to seek other sponsorship opportunities, Turner Motorsports has notified its employees of a potential downsizing at the end of the current racing season," the team said in a statement. "It is hopeful the action will become unnecessary as the team continues to work with potential marketing partners for their Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series teams."

Turner fields the No. 30, No. 31, No. 32 and No. 38 Chevrolets in the Nationwide Series. The announced a driver change for the No. 32 on Tuesday, with Brian Vickers taking over for Reed Sorenson in at least two races.

Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne and James Buescher are among the team's Nationwide drivers.

Steve Turner bought the former Braun Racing Nationwide Series team last year to add to his Camping World Truck Series operation.