Haas CNC Racing names No. 66 crew chief

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HAAS CNC RACING ASSIGNS NEW CREW CHIEF TO No. 66 TEAM KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Haas CNC Racing announced today that Dave Skog has been named crew chief of the No. 66 Haas Automation Chevrolet team. Skog, 41, who previously lead Haas CNC Racing's ...

HAAS CNC RACING ASSIGNS NEW CREW CHIEF TO No. 66 TEAM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Haas CNC Racing announced today that Dave Skog has been named crew chief of the No. 66 Haas Automation Chevrolet team.

Skog, 41, who previously lead Haas CNC Racing's engineering department takes over for Harold Holly as the team looks to improve on its 31st-place finish in the 2007 owner's points. Skog will be paired with Jeremy Mayfield who has been behind the wheel of the No. 66 since the Oct. 28 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It will be a reunion of sorts for Skog and Mayfield who together formed the crew chief/driver combination for Evernham Motorsport's No. 19 team in 2002.

"Dave Skog has been with us for four years and has really impressed us with not only his knowledge, but also his passion for what we do," said team general manager Joe Custer. "Dave's tenacity for learning the COT was a huge factor in our early success with that program and he has firmly established himself as a leader in our organization."

The change comes after Haas CNC Racing and Harold Holly mutually part ways.

"I appreciate the opportunities Haas has provided me and the professionalism Joe (Custer) has demonstrated during my time here, but I look forward to pursuing other opportunities," said Holly.

Custer said, "I appreciate everything that Harold has done for us over the past few years."

Skog, a native of Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, says he is confident in the team's equipment and his challenge will be to form a cohesive team.

"I'm thrilled with the opportunity Haas CNC racing has presented me," said Skog. "With the COTs being relatively the same, I believe the challenge comes down to personnel -- getting the right people in the right places and then getting everyone to move in the same direction. There is a tremendous amount of potential in this team," said Skog.

"I'm definitely excited to be working again with Jeremy. We clicked well in 2002 and I'm looking forward to doing it again," he added.

In addition to his stint at Evernham Motorsports, Skog's 12 years of Cup experience include time as a shock engineer and car chief on Childress Racing's No. 31 team with driver Mike Skinner, and as a shock engineer with Rudd Motorsports.

-credit: hcr

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