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Fennig to serve as Edwards' crew chief in 2013

November 15, 2012, Team Release,

CONCORD, N.C. -- Stenhouse Jr., Graves to be paired as Nationwide champion moves to Cup Series

Veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will lead Carl Edwards' No. 99 Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013, Roush Fenway Racing announced. I addition, crew chief Scott Graves will lead the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 team during his rookie season in the Cup Series.

"We are excited about this change on both fronts," team owner Jack Roush said. "Pairing two highly successful veterans like Carl and Jimmy should be quite a matchup, and it is our expectation based on what Jimmy has been able to accomplish with many high profile drivers that it will provide the spark to get the No. 99 program and Carl back into championship form.

"However, we are particularly excited about teaming up Scott Graves and Ricky. Through his extensive research and development work, Scott has an excellent understanding of the new 2013 body style. In his short time as a crew chief, he has demonstrated a cunning knack as a leader on the pit box, and he is going to be a great match for Ricky as he makes his move upwards into the Sprint Cup ranks."

Fennig, one of the most accomplished crew chiefs in NASCAR history, has more than 800 starts and 36 Cup victories during his 30-plus years in racing. He led Roush Fenway to the 2004 championship and has worked with drivers such as Bobby Allison, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth.

Graves led Edwards to a Nationwide Series win in his first race as a crew chief earlier this season at Watkins Glen. He followed that up by leading Billy Johnson to a near victory at Montreal and Trevor Bayne to a pole at Bristol. Graves' extensive knowledge of the new 2013 body style should be an asset to Stenhouse as he makes his bid to become Roush Fenway's 13th rookie of the year winner.