Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jamie McMurray to get a new crew chief in 2014


   Keith Rodden, currently race engineer for Kasey Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports, will become Jamie McMurray's new crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2014 season, The Observer and ThatsRacin.com have learned.

   Rodden will leave the No. 5 at season's end, several sources confirmed on Tuesday. Rodden would replace Kevin "Bono" Manion, who also is expected to remain with McMurray's No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team the season's final two races.

   This is Rodden's second season as the No. 5 team's race engineer. The N.C. State University graduate has spent a decade working in racing.

   When asked for comment on Rodden's move to the No. 1 team, EGR spokesman John Olguin said, "We are currently still working on our 2014 plans."

   Manion has worked with McMurray since the start of the 2010 season. The duo have four wins together, including a victory this season at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.