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2013 Crew Chiefs for Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Roush Fenway Racing Announced

November 14th, 2012 at 8:00 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Something needed to change at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2013 season and on Wednesday it did. Jimmy Fennig, the current crew chief for Matt Kenseth's No. 17 team, will move over to Carl Edwards' No. 99 team to head up that operation which has struggled in 2012. Scott Graves has been named the crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s rookie campaign in the No. 17 car.

'IMG_4486' photo (c) 2012, Parker Anderson - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Fennig will replace Chad Norris, who took over for Bob Osborne in July when he stepped down for medical reasons.

“We are excited about this change on both fronts,” team owner Jack Roush said. “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.”

Graves currently is an engineer on Carl Edwards' team and has been the crew chief for the limited number of races that Stenhouse has competed in in the No. 6 car this season. That will include this Sunday at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stenhouse will also have a chance to win his second straight Nationwide Series championship on Saturday as he holds a 20 point advantage over Elliott Sadler.

Fennig has had a great season with Matt Kenseth, winning the Daytona 500 and making the Chase. Even with Kenseth headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013 the team, behind Fennig, has managed to win two of the nine Chase races so far. He will be in charge of helping Edwards get back to his 2010 form when he almost won the championship. In 2011 Edwards is currently 15th in points and has collected only three top 5's and 13 top 10's in the 35 races.
 
Norris meanwhile is expected to be the crew chief for the No. 60 in the Nationwide Series.
Tags: Bob Osborne, Carl Edwards, Chad Norris, Jack Roush, Jimmy Fennig, matt kenseth, Motorsports, ricky stenhouse jr, Scott Graves

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