Fennig, Graves to lead RFR’s No. 99, No. 17 teams in 2013


Roush Fenway Racing announced on Wednesday that Jimmy Fennig will climb atop the No. 99 pit box to serve as crew chief on the No. 99 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for dirver Carl Edwards in 2013. The organization also announced that Scott Graves will fill the same position on the No. 17 Cup team for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. next year.

“We are excited about this change on both fronts,” car 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.”

Fennig has been a part of 36 Cup wins in his 800 starts as a crew chief in the series. He is a longtime Roush Fenway Racing employee. Fennig guided Kurt Busch to the 2004 Cup championship while Busch was with RFR. Other Roush drivers for which Fennig has served as crew chief include Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth.

In 2012, Fennig has been the crew chief on the No. 17 team with Kenseth as driver. Kenseth will leave Roush Fenway at the end of the year to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.

Graves is still relatively new as a crew chief at the national level, but he found success quickly. In his first race as a crew chief, he led Carl Edwards to a Nationwide win earlier this season at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. According to a press release from Roush Fenway, a major reason for the selection of Graves to be Stenhouse’s crew chief for his first season at the Sprint Cup level in 2013 was Grave’s knowledge of the 2013 car.

The Sprint Cup Series will move to new cars next season, and Graves has played a big road in the research and development of the 2013 Ford Fusion entry.

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