Phoenix Racing announced on Thursday that veteran crew chief Steve Addington has been hired to be crew chief for the organization’s No. 51 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014. A driver for the car has net yet been named.
“In my opinion, Steve is the perfect guy for the job,” Phoenix Racing owner Harry Scott Jr. said. “He is part of the Chevrolet family, the Hendrick family, and I feel fortunate that he is now part of our family.”
For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Addington was crew chief on the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team. For most of that time, he worked with driver Tony Stewart, until Stewart was injured in a sprint car race in August 2013. For the remainder of the season, he worked, primarily, with Mark Martin. Austin Dillon also drove the No. 14 for a few races in Stewart’s absence. Stewart-Haas Racing has a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports.
Addington has been a sprint Cup crew chief for a total of 10 years and has been a part of 20 wins, 66 top-five finishes and 106 top-10s. Those 20 wins include seven races won in a 14-race span with Kyle Busch as driver in 2008. Addington has also worked with Kurt Busch.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Phoenix Racing team and working with Harry,” Addington said. “Harry has a vision to make this team a championship contender, and I am excited to be part of it.”
Scott purchased Poenix Racing from James Finch in September 2013. In the time since, drivers including Justin Allgaier, Michael McDowell and Kyle Larson have shared the seat. Phoenix Racing has one Sprint Cup win, coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2009 with Brad Keselowski behind the wheel under Finch ownership.
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