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Leavine team expands into Nationwide Series

October 01, 2013, Staff report,

Sorenson, McDowell to split time in No. 95 in two 2013 races

Leavine Family Racing will field a single-car team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the 2014 season, the racing organization announced Tuesday.

The operation is still finalizing its driver for the 2014 season, according to a release from the team. However, the No. 95 Ford Mustang will enter two of the Nationwide Series' final four races this season, beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11. Reed Sorenson will drive at Charlotte and Michael McDowell will drive the Nationwide ride at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2.

"We couldn't be more thrilled about our expansion this season," said Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing. "Our program is an independent team, but we have potential -- and with an infusion of sponsorship, perhaps a lot more than that."

Sorenson has run three of the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Leavine Family Racing. The Nationwide Series regular ranks 18th in the point standings this season. McDowell has run in five Nationwide Series races this year, including a season-best runner-up finish from the Coors Light Pole position in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in August. He has started 26 races this season in the Sprint Cup Series.


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