Off-season chief chief shuffles begins
Updated On: Dec 02 2013 12:35:00 PM CST
The first crew chief change of the NASCAR offseason came Monday when Chip Ganassi Racing made a move for Jamie McMurray.
Keith Rodden was hired to replace Kevin "Bono" Manion on McMurray's No. 1 team.
Rodden is the longtime right-hand man and engineer for Kasey Kahne crew chief Kenny Francis. In Rodden's two seasons as the lead engineer on the No. 5, Kahne won four races and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in both seasons.
Rodden began his career as an engineer for Andy Petree Racing. He also has worked for Evernham Motorsports, Richard Petty Motorsports and Red Bull Racing in similar positions.
McMurray and Manion paired to win three races in 2010, including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. They also won at Talladega this season
Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have reorganized their competition departments.
SHR named Chad Johnston crew chief for Tony Stewart. Johnston was crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., and will replace Steve Addington.
The team also named Greg Zipadelli vice president of competition responsible for managing all four Sprint Cup teams. Matt Borland was named vice president of engineering.
Daniel Knost was promoted from race engineer on the No. 39 team to crew chief for the new No. 41 team for Kurt Busch.
Roush-Fenway, meanwhile, reunited Nationwide Series crew chief Mike Kelley with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Chad Norris will work with Trevor Bayne in the Nationwide Series, and Scott Graves will crew chief Chris Buescher. Seth Barbour was named crew chief for Ryan Reed.
Phoenix Racing has named Steve Addington as competition director of the team recently purchased by Harry Scott Jr.
Addington will also be crew chief of the No. 51 Chevrolet.
Addington spent the last two seasons as crew chief for Tony Stewart, but was let go earlier this week. Scott has not named a driver for 2014 yet, but Addington indicated in a Thursday interview with The Associated Press he'll be working with Justin Allgaier.
Scott bought the Spartanburg, S.C-based team from James Finch in September and has been determined to upgrade the organization.
Addington was born and raised in Spartanburg, but moved to Charlotte in 1998 to work full-time in NASCAR. He's been a crew for both Kurt and Kyle Busch, and moved to Stewart in 2012.