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Roush Fenway Racing Shuffles Sprint Cup Crew Chief, Management Lineups

Roush Fenway Racing Shuffles Sprint Cup Crew Chief, Management Lineups

by January 7, 2015 0 comments

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CONCORD, N.C. — Roush Fenway Racing has given their crew chief and management lineups for their Sprint Cup operation a shakeup heading into the 2015 season.

Bob Osborne, a member of Roush Fenway’s management team and a former crew chief for the team at the Sprint Cup level, will make his return to the Sprint Cup grid as a crew chief after a three year hiatus to serve as crew chief for Trevor Bayne’s new No. 6 team.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 team will now be led by Nick Sandler, who worked as lead engineer on the organization’s No. 99 team over the course of the last four seasons.

Sandler, who will be making his debut as a crew chief, replaces Mike Kelley as crew chief for the No. 17 team. Kelley will serve as the team’s car chief for the upcoming season.

Matt Puccia will be the only crew chief from Roush Fenway’s 2014 roster that will remain with his team for the 2015 season as Puccia will return to crew chief for Greg Biffle and the No. 16 team.

 “Bob Osborne is a proven commodity, as evidenced by his 18 wins as a Sprint Cup crew chief,” team co-owner Jack Roush said. “He will bring a strong veteran presence to the No. 6 AdvoCare team, as Trevor Bayne makes the transition to full-time Sprint Cup racing.

 “We have seen proven results with Matt Puccia and Greg Biffle and we will look to continue to build on that moving into 2015.

“And we are excited about the elevation of Nick Sandler to crew chief on the No. 17. Nick has a strong engineering background with the company and his time working hand-in-hand with Jimmy Fennig over the past few seasons will prove invaluable as he takes the helm of the No. 17.

 “We are also excited to have Mike Kelley continue with the No. 17 team as the car chief. Mike has been an integral part of Ricky’s success and in addition to his championships in the NXS, has championship experience as a car chief in the NSCS.”

Roush Fenway’s management moves bring in two new personnel members into the fold and moves a former crew chief to a new position.

Kevin Kidd joins the organization as the new Sprint Cup team manager after serving as crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 XFINITY Series team while Mark McArdle joins the organization to serve as the engineering director for both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams.

Jimmy Fennig, crew chief for Carl Edwards’ now-defunct No. 99 team, moves from Roush Fenway’s crew chief roster to a coordinator position within the team’s research and development program.

 “I am personally excited to have Jimmy in this new role,” Roush continued. “Jimmy’s experience is unparalleled in our sport and I anticipate his input in this new role will have a major influence in a positive direction across the board with all of our team’s going forward.”

Kyle Pokrefky
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