Furr officially appointed Atwood crew chief

co-owners of Ultra/Evernham Motorsports, today announced that Tony Furr has officially been named as crew chief to the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Winston Cup sophomore Casey Atwood. Furr has assumed the role of...

co-owners of Ultra/Evernham Motorsports, today announced that Tony Furr has officially been named as crew chief to the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Winston Cup sophomore Casey Atwood.

Furr has assumed the role of crew chief since May 1, when he began consulting with the team. In the 11 races since Furr has taken over as crew chief, Atwood's average finish has been 23.6, an improvement of 8.2 positions over the first 10 races.

"We picked things up as soon as he got here," Atwood said. "We got some good top-20 finishes as soon as he came on. Lately we've had some bad luck and haven't really shown what we can do. I think that he's the guy that we need over here. He's had a lot of experience, and he knows how to win. When I tell him something's wrong with the car he knows what I'm talking about. I think someone without as much experience really wouldn't know what to do to fix the car. A young driver like me needs someone with experience that he can rely on.

"I know the kind of dedication Ray brings to every facet of racing," Furr said. "He's an innovator. He's dedicated to winning at all times and that's what I'm all about. I've watched Casey race and have had the opportunity to work with him the past few months. I see the talent he has and I hope I can continue to be a positive influence on him this early in his career. I've worked with other young drivers in helping them get their first win and I am hoping to do that here. We've been working hard for the past couple months to turn things around, and we're really on the upswing now."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Atwood