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Crew chief Phil Surgen to join Chastain in move to Trackhouse in 2022

Crew chief Phil Surgen announced his 2022 plans Monday, telling SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he’ll join driver Ross Chastain in moving to Trackhouse Racing next year.

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Surgen revealed his new role in a Monday evening appearance on “The Late Shift” with hosts Brad Gillie and Jeff Hammond.

Surgen is in his first full season as a Cup Series crew chief, pairing with Chastain on the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team. He took that role midway through last season, working with Matt Kenseth for the final 16 races of 2020.

Trackhouse announced June 30 that it had acquired Ganassi’s NASCAR operation as part of its expansion to a two-car effort next season. It tapped Chastain as the driver for its newly formed No. 1 Chevrolet team on Aug. 3. He’ll be a teammate to Daniel Suarez, who currently drives the No. 99 Chevy for Trackhouse, which is rounding out its first Cup Series campaign.

Surgen has been with Chip Ganassi’s No. 42 team since 2016. He was previously a race engineer before his promotion to crew chief last season.

Chastain currently ranks 20th in the Cup Series standings with three top-five finishes this year. That includes a career-best second-place result in June at Nashville Superspeedway.