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TRG Hires Richert

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, April 12 2011

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In racin’ news today, Tuesday, April 11:

Doug Richert has been named crew chief on the No. 71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Fusion for TRG Motorsports. Richert will take over for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 to be run at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 17.

Richert is a championship winning crew chief and is best known as the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt’s first Cup championship as well as guiding Greg Biffle to 10 Cup victories.

“I have watched TRG Motorsports since they started in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2007 through to their entry into the Sprint Cup Series in 2009,” Richert said. “The team has made a big commitment by switching to the Ford Fusion and I will try to help make that as successful as possible. I am looking forward to working with Andy and helping him to make that next step in his progression in the series. He is an accomplished road racer and knows what it takes to be successful racing cars.”

Team owner Kevin Buckler is glad to have Richert on board at TRG Motorsports.

“Doug is a championship winning crew chief with many years of experience,” Buckler said. “He has experience with Ford and has worked within the Roush system so that is a big positive for us with our new Ford Fusion package. Team chemistry is most important with us and I think he will fit nicely with our small aggressive team. We are going to throw him into the deep-end right from the start at Talladega this weekend though.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron’s 499 to be run on Sunday, April 17. Qualifying will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The race can be viewed live starting at 1 p.m. ET on FOX with the pre-race show starting at 12 p.m. Race coverage can be heard on affiliated MRN radio stations and on XM Satellite radio channel 128.

(This story will be updated as news breaks)

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, April 12 2011
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