Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday that Reed Sorenson will fill in for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett, injured in a crash at Daytona International Speedway in February. A RPM press release said Sorenson will be in the No. 43 this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and remain the driver until Annett is healed and cleared by NASCAR officials to race.
Annett was involved in an 11-car crash on lap 155 of the 160-lap season-opening NASCAR Nationwide race and taken from the track to a local medical facility after the accident and later released. After further evaluation when returning home, it was determined that Annett had a fractured and dislocated sternum and surgery was performed.
"It's an unfortunate situation for the team and Michael," said Sorenson. "I have been to the hospital to see him, and he will be fine, but it's going to take some time to heal. As a friend for a long time, my initial reaction was concern. I'm glad that he's recovering now.”
Sorenson has run both NASCAR Nationwide races in 2013 for The Motorsports Group, finishing 30th at Daytona and 18th at Phoenix. He made his Nationwide Series debut in 2004 and has four wins, 38 top-five and 85 top-10 finishes.
The NASCAR Nationwide drivers will be back in action Saturday for the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.