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Crew Chief Jeremy Bullins to Join Ryan Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing

Crew Chief Jeremy Bullins to Join Ryan Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing

by December 24, 2014 0 comments

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HARRISBURG, N.C. — Jeremy Bullins, crew chief for Team Penske’s owner’s championship winning No. 22 team in the Nationwide Series in 2013 and 2014, is set to join Wood Brothers Racing as crew chief for the team’s legendary No. 21 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series next season.

Bullins will serve as crew chief for Ryan Blaney, who he served for as crew chief at Team Penske in the Nationwide Series from 2012 to 2014.

Bullins also served as crew chief for Blaney’s two Sprint Cup starts in Penske’s No. 12 Ford at Kansas in May and at Talladega in October, guiding Blaney to respective results of 27th and 22nd. Both starts were Bullins’ lone starts as a crew chief at the Sprint Cup level.

The Bullins/Blaney combination has proven to be a successful one in the Nationwide Series as the pair scored two victories, eight top-fives, 16 top-10s, and a 21 Means 21 Pole Award in 19 starts together.

Although he will crew chief for a different team in 2015, Bullins will indirectly remain within the Penske organization as Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing will begin the first year of a new technical alliance next season.

“This is a great opportunity for me at this point in my career to move to a great organization with a solid driver, while still getting the chance to work with the people that I’ve come to know and respect at Team Penske,” Bullins said. “Everyone in the sport knows about the Wood Brothers and recognizes that No. 21.

“To get a chance to work for Eddie and Len and the entire organization and to have Ryan behind the wheel, is pretty much everything I could have asked for.”

Bullins has previous experience working within the Wood Brothers organization as he worked with the Wood Brothers’ Pro Cup and Late Model programs in 1999 before moving to the position of race engineer on the No. 21 Sprint Cup team in 2000 – holding the position through June of 2002.

Wood Brothers Racing co-owners Eddie Wood and Len Wood, sons of NASCAR Hall of Famer and Wood Brothers Racing co-founder Glen Wood, discussed Bullins’ ‘homecoming’ and what he brings to the table for the single-car operation in separate statements released on woodbrothersracing.com.

“I feel like he’s coming home,” Eddie said. “He worked with us when we were still at our shop in Virginia and he was just getting started in NASCAR. Now he’s a proven winner.

“It’s an honor to have him back with us. We’re anxious for him to get his first Sprint Cup victory, as a crew chief, which will be No. 99 for us.”

“Jeremy coming over from Team Penske to help us out will help in the transition from our past alliance to our new alliance with Team Penske,” Len said. “Because he’s worked with Ryan in the past, and knows the Team Penske system, Jeremy should be able to get Ryan on the right track and running competitively right out of the box, without a long development period.”

The Wood Brothers’ new driver/crew chief lineup will make their debut for the organization in February’s Daytona 500 – a race Wood Brothers Racing has won five times, most recently in 2011.

Kyle Pokrefky
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