BUSCH: AP Performance signs Bobby Bakeeff as Crew Chief

Bakeeff new Crew Chief for Sauter, No. 19 AP Performance Racing Chevrolet. MOORESVILLE, NC (April 9, 2002) - Bobby Bakeeff has been named the new crew chief for Tim Sauter and the No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet NASCAR Busch Series entry....

Bakeeff new Crew Chief for Sauter, No. 19 AP Performance Racing Chevrolet.

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 9, 2002) - Bobby Bakeeff has been named the new crew chief for Tim Sauter and the No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet NASCAR Busch Series entry. Bakeeff, a Hialeah, FL native, leaves his position as car chief for the No. 17 Reiser Enterprises NBS effort driven by Matt Kenseth.

"I gave Robby (Reiser) my notice and let him know I was leaving after the Texas race," said Bakeeff. "Robby was unbelievably supportive when I told him about the position. He agreed I had to take it since it was such a good opportunity. I left on good terms."

Bakeeff worked for Reiser Enterprises for the past three years and will be reunited with the fleet of Chevrolet Monte Carlos AP Performance purchased from the Reiser organization prior to the start of the 2002 Busch Series season. Bakeeff's racing resume also includes a stint at Akins Motorsports with drivers Elton Sawyer and Glenn Allen, Jr.

"I am already familiar with the equipment at AP Performance and I know it is high quality," said Bakeeff. "As far as the transition from car to crew chief goes, I have filled in as crew chief several times for Matt and Glenn, so I think it will be fine. Our goal right now is to get these cars to the racetrack in top shape so we can be competitive. You can run in the Top-20 all year, but to run in the Top-5, you really have to be on the ball. That's how we plan to be."

Bakeeff replaces Joe Shear, Jr. as the AP crew chief. Shear will continue to work with the team as a shock and set-up specialist.

"Joe has done a great job for us and will continue to do so, just in a different capacity," stated Sauter. "We're just looking to get the most out of our race team and moving Joe to the shock and set-up area fills a need we had there. We were just lucky that Bobby was available to come over here and allow Joe to do that. This is a move that should definitely strengthen our race team."

Sauter, currently 19th in the 2002 NBS championship standings, will next take to the track in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. The event is set for Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on FX and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Elton Sawyer , Tim Sauter