Steve Turner Purchases Braun Racing Becomes an Important Owner in NASCAR Updated

Horn FanSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2010

SPARTA, KY - JUNE 11:  Brian Scott (L), driver of the #11 AccuDoc Toyota, and Reed Sorenson, driver of the #32 Dollar General Stores Toyota, talk between practice sessions for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 300 presented by Ritz at Kentucky Speedway on June 11, 2010 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Owner Todd Braun has had his four car Nationwide Series team, Braun Racing, up for sale for a while now.

Brian Scott let the cat out of the bag, so to speak on Dave Moody's Sirius Speedway show, on Sirius NASCAR radio.

That Steve Turner had in fact purchased Braun Racing, the top independent Nationwide Series team and the official announcement is forth coming.

"I'll be going to Dover this weekend to race for a new owner," Scott said.

"Steve Turner is the new owner of the team. I spoke to him last week and he talked about how much he wanted me to win the Nationwide Rookie of the Year title. He seems like a really honest, down to earth, no nonsense kind of guy, and I'm looking forward to racing for him."

It's basically a done deal, barring any last minute legal issues.

Turner has been linked to both Phoenix Racing and Randy Moss   Motorsports, as he tried to expand his existing two truck operation.

It's believed that the new Turner Motorsports will continue fielding two trucks in the Truck Series and may add a third depending on sponsorship.

Then in the Nationwide they will more than likely remain four teams, the sale won't effect any of the existing sponsorship deals and we may see a few driver changes resulting from it.

Both James Buescher and Ricky Carmichael will remain with the team. Then, of the current Braun drivers, it looks like for now Scott and Reed Sorenson will remain with the team.

No official announcement yet, but Jason Leffler could be gone, and it's rumored that Justin Allgaier will be driving for them in 2011.

Being that they are a Chevrolet team, that's affiliated with Kevin Harvick Inc. in the Truck Series, and currently Braun Racing runs Toyotas.

It's expected that in 2011, they'll make the switch to Chevrolet, and expand their relationship with KHI getting chassis and help from them.

For NASCAR in an era, were several new owners not already associated with the sport have bought in, and left just as quickly as they came in.

It'll be important for NASCAR that Turner's successful, to see both his Nationwide and Truck Series's teams become winners, and not continue the current trend.

It's my believe with all the mergers going on, then teams either closing or for sale. NASCAR is going to be depending on more new owners buying in and with Turner's success.

Others will follow, that are wealth, have solid business backgrounds and have a love for racing.

That's what Turner brings to NASCAR as a relatively new owner, but he's operated his team since 1999, competing on dirt first in Texas, and then asphalt.

Running Legend cars, in the ASA Late Model Series, and the USARacing Pro Cup Series, winning both wins and championships.

Ten years later in 2009, they made the move to NASCAR running in Trucks, and a year later bought into expand it's racing operations further.

Turner is the president and COO of Texas-based RedHawk Energy, a oilfield services company, he joined and sold his Xxtreme Group also a oilfield services company to RedHawk last year.

"Racing has always been a passion of mine and one of our goals as a company is to help up-and-coming drivers become the next NASCAR stars," Turner said.

Which Turner has shown being the benefactor of Buescher, helping this tremendously talented driver make his way in the sport, but it's based on his racing talent and not that he's engaged to his daughter Kris.

Turner has proven, he's different from say Arthur Shelton, Alex Meshkin, or Bobby Ginn, and has a better understanding of the cost of racing.

Understands what he's getting into, not afraid to spend money to make money, only one of his trucks has real sponsorship and the other by Wolfpack Rentals a RedHawk company.

One advantage he has with his team, is being affiliated with Kevin and Delana Harvick's KHI team. It's the perfect blue print for him to follow with his team, and they'll help him giving advise with running the team.

I'm excited for the team, it's awesome to see a team like Turner's to be committed to helping up and coming drivers, and wish more teams in the lower series would do the same.

They'll be successful, not only winning races, but also championships with Buescher and Scott, and if Cup's in their future. Man, what a line-up they'll have.


Tayler Malsam has been released from the No. 10 car, last week. Then Brian Scott has been released after the Dover race, apparently he made the team aware that he was leaving after the season and they just let him leave sooner.

Then Jason Leffler and Reed Sorenson will complete the season for Turner. Both Ricky Carmichael and James Buescher will share the No. 11 and Carmichael will make his NNS debut next week at Kansas.

It's expected that both Great Clips and General Dollar will be returning, next year and the part-time Cup team driven by Sorenson has also been shut down


Source for quotes: catchfence.com and sirius.com