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Edwards, Fennig To Team Up In 2013

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Wednesday, November 14 2012

Carl Edwards will have a new crew chief next season. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

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Roush Fenway Racing announced that veteran Jimmy Fennig will serve as crew chief for Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013.

In addition, crew chief Scott Graves will lead the No. 17 team and defending Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during his rookie campaign next season.

“We are excited about this change on both fronts,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Pairing two highly successful veterans like Carl and Jimmy should be quite a matchup and it is our expectation based on what Jimmy has been able to accomplish with many high profile drivers, that it will provide the spark to get the No. 99 program and Carl back into championship form.

“However, we are particularly excited about teaming up Scott Graves and Ricky. Through his extensive research and development work, Scott has an excellent understanding of the new 2013 body style. In his short time as a crew chief he has demonstrated a cunning knack as a leader on the pit box and he is going to be a great match for Ricky as he makes his move upwards into the Sprint Cup ranks.”

Fennig has a tenure that includes more than 800 starts and 36 Sprint Cup victories. He led Roush Fenway to the 2004 Sprint Cup Championship and has worked with Hall-of-Fame caliber drivers such as Bobby Allison, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth during his 30-plus years in racing.

Graves led Edwards to a Nationwide Series victory in his first race as a crew chief at Watkins Glen earlier this season. He followed that up by leading Billy Johnson to a near victory at Montreal, and Trevor Bayne to a pole at Bristol.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Wednesday, November 14 2012
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