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Turner latest to warn of potential layoffs for 2012

October 04, 2011, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com

Turner Motorsports, an organization which fields championship-contending teams on NASCAR's Nationwide and Camping World Truck circuits, has notified its employees of a potential downsizing following this season due in part to the impending loss of sponsor Dollar General.

Turner, based in Mooresville, N.C., announced the potential move to comply with North Carolina's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers to provide 60 days' notice of possible mass layoffs. "It is hopeful," the team added, "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."

A Turner spokesperson said the organization would have no further comment beyond the release. The Turner news comes a week after another team, Germain Racing, also served notice of potential layoffs under the WARN Act. Germain's primary sponsor, Geico, plans to expand its Sprint Cup schedule to 22 races in 2012, a decision that puts its Truck Series program in jeopardy. Earlier this season, Germain partnered with Randy Moss Motorsports to keep reigning Truck Series champion Todd Bodine on the track.

Also last week, the Red Bull team on the Sprint Cup level notified employees of potential layoffs under the WARN Act. The energy drink company is pulling its ownership of the two-car operation after this season, leaving executives to try to cobble together a potential new ownership group and sponsor package for 2012.

Founded by Texas native Steve Turner in 2009, Turner Motorsports underwent an expansion prior to this season and currently fields seven vehicles across the Nationwide and Camping World Truck circuits combined. Despite its somewhat low-profile name, it has emerged as a force on the race track. Turner driver James Buescher is currently second in the Truck Series standings, three points behind leader Austin Dillon. On the Nationwide side, Turner driver Reed Sorenson stands third, 49 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Turner drivers have won three races this season on the Nationwide circuit, the most recent Sorenson's victory at Road America in June. Justin Allgaier won at Chicago, and Mark Martin scored a victory at Las Vegas. Other full-time drivers in the Turner fold include Ricky Carmichael in the Truck Series and Jason Leffler on the Nationwide tour.