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TMG bolsters lineup with addition of Sorenson

February 06, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Driver will pilot No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro, run full season

The Motorsports Group added to its robust list of NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Wednesday by signing veteran Reed Sorenson for a full 2013 schedule.

The 27-year-old Sorenson, with 171 NNS races to his credit, will pilot the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro for TMG, which has five cars in the Series. Eleven different drivers had at least one start for the organization last season. The No. 40 was the most consistent, with Erik Darnell logging 31 races for team owner Curtis Key.

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"I'm thankful of the opportunity that Curtis and TMG is giving me," Sorenson said. "I think we've got a car that can run really well at Daytona, and -- you saw it with last year's race -- anything can happen there. If we position ourselves correctly, we have an opportunity for a respectable finish."

Sorenson drove in six Nationwide races last season after running a full 2011 slate. He has four full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons to his credit, and started 19 Cup races last season.

His Nationwide Series history includes four victories, the most recent coming in 2011 at Road America, 38 top fives and 85 top 10s. Sorenson has a strong history at Daytona International Speedway as well, finishing fifth and third in 2011’s respective races.

"We are glad to have Reed join our team this year,” Key said. “He is a very talented driver as he has shown in the Cup and Nationwide series by winning poles and races and leading laps. Talent is what we look for and we know Reed will get the job done."

The team also announced crew chief Gary Showalter will oversee the team. Showalter has served as crew chief for 129 Nationwide races.

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