Wednesday Dec. 17, 2008
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth will have a new crew chief in 2009. Drew Blickensderfer will try to return the 2003 NASCAR champion to Victory Lane.
Kenseth's 2008 crew chief, Chip Bolin, will return to his role as team engineer after one winless season atop the pit box. Bolin took over when Robbie Reiser was moved to team manager at Roush Fenway Racing, but the team failed to match its standard for performance.
Kenseth signed a multiyear contract extension last month after failing to win a race for the first time since 2001. His 11th-place finish in the final standings was his lowest since that winless season.
Blickensderfer was a crew chief the past three seasons in Roush's Nationwide Series program. He and Kenseth earned three wins in that series before Blickensderfer was paired with Carl Edwards. Edwards won seven of the last 19 races and finished second in the Nationwide standings with Blickensderfer as pit boss.
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