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Report: Jimmy Fennig to retire as crew chief

August 31, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Report: Jimmy Fennig to retire as crew chief
Winner of 40 races, championship discusses new role with Roush

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Jimmy Fennig, the crew chief for the No. 99 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing, will leave the pit box at season's end, according to an ESPN report during the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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With two wins this season at Bristol Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway, Fennig will end his career with a shot at the championship as part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Those victories have brought his career total to 40.

Fennig began his career as a crew chief in 1986 with Mark Martin and was Martin's pit boss from 1997-2001 before working with Kurt Busch for four seasons, including a championship campaign in the first Chase in 2004.

The Milwaukee native earned his first two career wins with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1987 and 1988. He won 14 races with Martin and 14 more with Busch. Before teaming with Edwards last season, Fennig worked with fellow Wisconsin racer, Matt Kenseth, for three years and six wins.

The ESPN report indicated Fennig was speaking with the Roush Fenway Racing about a new role within the organization.

Team president Steve Newmark said at Indianapolis last month that Fennig's future wouldn't be discussed until later in the year.

"All of our crew chief decisions, engineer decisions, as you guys know, they’re made much later in the fall when Robbie Reiser and Jack (Roush) sit down with those guys and they have a dialogue about what 2015 will look like," Newmark said.

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