NASCAR Rumors: Dollar General Expected to Sponsor Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012

Shannon BaxterContributor IOctober 11, 2011

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Dollar General/Combos Toyota, drives during practice for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2011 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
John Harrelson/Getty Images

Drama has surrounded the Nationwide Series team Turner Motorsports for primary sponsor Dollar General leaving the No. 32 team at the end of the season.  Driver Reed Sorenson was immediately released from his ride after the announcement.

Expected to be announced during a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, Dollar General will now sponsor a majority of teams at Joe Gibbs Racing

Among the rumored changes: Dollar General will become the primary sponsor of Joey Logano and his No. 20 Cup Series team for ten to 12 races.  Dollar General will also become the primary sponsor of JGR's No. 11 Nationwide team, currently driven by Brian Scott.  

They will also sponsor the No. 18 and 20 Nationwide teams for for several races.  Dollar General is also rumored to continue their sponsorship with Kyle Busch's Camping World Truck Series team.

A JGR spokesman declined to comment when asked about the sponsorship changes.  With this change, Home Depot, which has been a primary sponsor in the Cup series with JGR since 1999, will cut back sponsorship a third of the races on the No. 20 next season.  Dollar General has been involved in NASCAR sponsorship since 2006 with several teams, including Kevin Harvick Inc., Turner Motorsports and KBM.

Source: Charlotte Observer Sports

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