The Frontstretch: Michael Annett's Nationwide Series Sub: Reed Sorenson? by Mike Neff -- Monday March 4, 2013

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Looks like there will be a familiar face subbing at Richard Petty Motorsports while regular Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett continues his recovery. Multiple sources are saying that Reed Sorenson will be announced to pilot the No. 43 Ford for the next few events while Annett is on the mend from his dislocated sternum suffered at Daytona. Doctors expect Annett, who was at the epicenter of a multi-car wreck late in that race to be out as long as eight weeks.

Sorenson is no stranger to what’s now RPM, having driven the No. 43 in Sprint Cup. His tenure with the team, which lasted for just one year (2009) was marked by sponsorship woes, to the point Sorenson drove for free at points in order to keep the ride from going away. The Georgia native, now 27 years old scored just one top-10 result that year, a ninth at Daytona in a disappointing season that ended with his release. While the ownership group is now different, led by investor Andy Murstein that difficult past makes the hiring a bit of a surprise. Both drivers, though are also represented by the same management team, which may have played a role in how Sorenson got the job.

Currently driving for The Motorsports Group No. 40, in the Nationwide Series Sorenson has an average finish of 24th in the first two events of 2013. There’s no word on who will replace him; the driver is scheduled to run full-time, sponsorship permitting for that program.

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