Stewart Cooper named Kyle Petty crew chief

Quotes from Kyle Petty: "Stewart Cooper is going to take over as my crew chief on the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge this weekend. Stewart is that new breed of crew chief that couples a mechanical engineering education with a lot of practical at...

Quotes from Kyle Petty:

"Stewart Cooper is going to take over as my crew chief on the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge this weekend. Stewart is that new breed of crew chief that couples a mechanical engineering education with a lot of practical at track experience. With the success he has had as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series, I know Robbie (Loomis) has been trying to get him in the organization for some time. The 45 team is a talented race team and we'll benefit from having a guy like Stewart at the helm."

"Something that should not be lost in the crew chief change is the fact that Billy Wilburn will remain with Petty Enterprises. Billy's going to take over as crew chief of our test team and he will be a huge part of improving the product that we take to the race track. With the addition of Derrick Finley in the off season as our technical director, and the addition of several other talented people in our engineering department, we really have a lot of great information coming out of this group. Billy's experience will help validate new ideas at the track and give our crew chiefs more options for the races. To really learn this new car you need to be on-track as much as possible and we have devoted more resources to track testing this year. It is great to have somebody of Billy's experience level to lead this team."

Quotes from Stewart Cooper:

"It's an honor to come onboard a race team like Petty Enterprises. Everyone here is committed to making this No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge competitive on a weekly basis. If we do that, the points thing will take care of itself. Petty Enterprises has the pieces and they are all in place, we just have to put the pieces to work. Our first priority is to qualify Kyle into the show this weekend and then perform well on Saturday evening. Kyle, Billy and the team participated in the test at Phoenix last month so we have a nice book of notes to help us accomplish that. Billy Wilburn and Robbie (Loomis) have assembled a good team here and I'm looking forward to working with these guys."

-credit: pe

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Kyle Petty wheels the Wells Fargo Dodge around Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the UAW-Dodge 400 in March.

2008 Season Stats

Starts

5

Laps Completed

1512 of 1548

(97.7%)

Laps Led

0

Wins

0

Top-5

0

Top-10

0

Avg. Start

38.0

Avg. Finish

34.6

Contact:

David Hovis, MCG Sports

122 St. Alban's Lane, Suite D

Davidson, NC 28036

704.987.7959 Ext. 227

Cell: 980.722.1117

E-mail: david.hovis@mcg-sports.com

www.mcg-sports.com

www.pettyracing.com www.victoryjunction.org www.wellsfargo.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty