Matt Puccia Named Crew Chief of Third Roush Truck CONCORD, NC -- Roush Racing announced today that Matt Puccia has been named Crew Chief of it's No. 50 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford F-150, beginning with the April 1 event at Martinsville ...
Matt Puccia Named Crew Chief of Third Roush Truck
CONCORD, NC -- Roush Racing announced today that Matt Puccia has been named Crew Chief of it's No. 50 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford F-150, beginning with the April 1 event at Martinsville Speedway. The truck will be driven by 'Roush Racing: Driver X' standout, David Ragan.
"We've got a lot of confidence in Matt and his abilities, and we feel that he will be a great addition to our program. He's been around the series for a while, and knows what it takes to be competitive and win races," said Jack Roush
Mark Martin increased his 2006 Craftsman Truck Series schedule, adding seven more events to his driving duties in the No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150. Originally scheduled to compete as a co-driver with Martin, David Ragan will now split time between the No. 6 and No. 50 trucks.
"Running the third truck will enable David to run more races, and give him the opportunity to get more seat time in a truck and gain experience," said Roush. "David is ready to race, he's been eager for his opportunity to get in the truck. He's earned his opportunity, and we're happy to field a third truck for him to show what he can do."
The team has run the No. 50 since 1998. Joe Ruttman, Greg Biffle, Chuck Hossfeld, and Jon Wood have driven the truck. Ragan will look to expand on the success Biffle experienced in the truck, including 14 victories, the 1998 Rookie of the Year award and the 2000 Craftsman Truck Series Championship.
After winning two of the first three events of 2006, Martin currently leads the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points. Rookie Erik Darnell has been the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender in all three events, and currently sits eighth in the standings.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan, Erik Darnell.