Sorenson to replace injured Michael Annett in Nationwide

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Michael Annett’s recovery period from his accident in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway will sideline him for approximately six to eight weeks.

Tuesday, the Richard Petty Motorsports team announced Reed Sorenson will fill in for Annett in the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford.

Annett was injured in the second-to-last accident in the Nationwide race, and his injuries were initially overlooked in the aftermath of the massive last lap crash that sent Kyle Larson’s car airborne, into the front straight catch fencing.

Annett had surgery in late February for a fractured sternum. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach immediately after the accident.

He finished fifth in the 2012 Nationwide standings, with six top-five finishes.  Sorenson started the first two races of this season in the No. 40 entry for The Motorsports Group.