Roush Fenway Racing Names Veteran Graves as No. 6 CUP Crew Chief in ‘19
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2018) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Scott Graves will rejoin the team, leading its No. 6 NASCAR Cup Series team with newcomer driver Ryan Newman in 2019.
Graves initially joined Roush Fenway Racing in 2006, working his way from team engineer to Xfinity Series crew chief, where he helped lead Chris Buescher to the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Championship.
“We are very pleased to bring Scott back to the fold,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “Scott is an exceptional talent atop the pit box and he has done an outstanding job throughout his career – with multiple championship campaigns attesting to that.
“He brings a strong engineering background to the table and we are excited about the opportunity to pair him with Ryan Newman going into the 2019 season.”
Graves spent the previous three seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing, where he guided Daniel Suarez to the 2016 NXS Championship, before moving to the Cup Series with Suarez in 2017 where he led the young driver to 10 top-10 finishes during his rookie campaign.
Graves, a Clifton Springs, N.Y. native, earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1994. He joined Roush Fenway Racing in 2006, working as an engineer with drivers such as Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Bobby Labonte.
In 2012 Graves was promoted to NXS crew chief, working with drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Edwards and Travis Pastrana, before leading Stenhouse Jr. to NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year honors in 2013.
He teamed with Buescher the following year, helping to develop the young driver into the 2015 NXS Champion.
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