Turner Motorsports owner Steve Turner is set to purchase the Braun Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series team from Todd Braun, with an announcement expected early next week. Sources tell Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that negotiations have been ongoing for some time. Turner is expected to continue fielding his current two-truck team on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with the possible addition of a third truck, if sponsorship can be found. Braun’s current fleet of NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyotas will be converted to Chevrolets during the offseason, with Turner fielding multiple cars on that circuit, as well.
Current Turner Motorsports Truck Series drivers James Buescher and Ricky Carmichael are expected to remain with the newly expanded operation, with Braun Racing drivers Reed Sorenson and Brian Scott also expected to continue with the team. Sources say an official announcement could come as soon as Monday.
A spokesperson for Turner Motorsports declined to comment on the reports today, but Steve Turner told SPEEDTV.com earlier this year, “I’ve had my hands in racing for a major part of my life and I enjoy the competition and being able to help develop young drivers who are early in their careers, like James and Ricky.”
He had negotiated to purchase or merge operations with Randy Moss Motorsports earlier this season, but those talks stalled before a deal could be finalized.