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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
As if it wasn’t already tough enough to select one — much less just a handful of guys — who could take home the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series trophy, the field continues to be bolstered.
Kyle Larson, who won the K&N Pro East Series championship in just his rookie season will now move to the Nationwide Series full-time for 2013. Larson — a superstar in the making from USAC roots — of course is a development driver from Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, but he’s anything but a developmental project. Larson is ready to race, and more importantly ready to win.
He won two races in 14 starts during his K&N Pro East Series championship campaign, and he also gained valuable experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Larson started a total of four races in the truck series, and he notched three top-ten finishes. He is for real.
Larson will run for the title with Turner-Scott Motorsports.
In addition to the news that Kyle Larson will run for the championship, The Motorsports Group also announced that they have hired a championship-caliber driver in Reed Sorenson. Just a few season ago while driving the Dollar General Chevrolet, Sorenson fought tooth-and-nail for the championship, before being pulled from the car with a few races remaining. The Peachtree City, GA native would end up fifth in the overall standings in 2011. Now it’s time for redemption for Sorenson.
Here is a list of all of the current known full-time driver/team combinations in the Nationwide Series for 2013:
01 – Mike Wallace – JC Motorsports with Gary Keller
2 – Brian Scott – Richard Childress Racing
3 – Austin Dillon – Richard Childress Racing
6 – Trevor Bayne – Roush Fenway Racing
7 – Regan Smith – JR Motorsports
11 – Elliott Sadler – Joe Gibbs Racing
12 – Sam Hornish Jr. – Penske Racing
14 – Eric McClure – TriStar Motorsports
20 – Brian Vickers – Joe Gibbs Racing
24 – Blake Koch – SR2 Motorsports
30 – Nelson Piquet Jr. – Turner-Scott Motorsports
31 – Justin Allgaier – Turner-Scott Motorsports
32 – Kyle Larson – Turner-Scott Motorsports
39 – Jeffrey Earnhardt – Go Green Racing
40 – Reed Sorenson – The Motorsports Group
43 – Michael Annett – Richard Petty Motorsports
44 – Hal Martin – TriStar Motorsports
52 – Joey Gase – Jimmy Means Racing
60 – Travis Pastrana – Roush Fenway Racing
77 – Parker Kligerman – Kyle Busch Motorsports
99 – Alex Bowman – RAB Racing
Can you find an overwhelming favorite among that group?