Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday that Scott Graves will serve as crew chief for the No. 6 Ford team and driver Ryan Newman next season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Graves most recently worked with Joe Gibbs Racing, which announced Oct. 9 his departure from the organization, effective immediately. Graves was atop the pit box for the No. 19 JGR team for the majority of the last two seasons with driver Daniel Suarez.
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The move marks a reunion for team owner Jack Roush, who employed Graves as a crew chief from 2012-15 and as a race engineer before that. Graves brought the Roush Fenway team an Xfinity Series championship with driver Chris Buescher in 2015, one year before he claimed the Xfinity crown with Suarez at JGR.
Graves replaces Matt Puccia, who has been crew chief for the No. 6 team since 2016.
“We are very pleased to bring Scott back to the fold,” team co-owner Jack Roush said in a news release from the team. “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.”
Newman was presented as the 2019 driver of Roush Fenway’s No. 6 on Sept. 22 at Richmond Raceway. The 40-year-old Newman is currently rounding out his fifth season with Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 team.