BUSCH: Pitts named RYR's No. 90 crew chief

Pitts Named as Crew Chief, Sadler Returns to the Seat of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford MOORESVILLE, N.C., (May 23, 2006) -- Robert Yates Racing announced today that, effective immediately, Jerry Pitts will assume the role of crew chief for...

Pitts Named as Crew Chief, Sadler Returns to the Seat of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford

MOORESVILLE, N.C., (May 23, 2006) -- Robert Yates Racing announced today that, effective immediately, Jerry Pitts will assume the role of crew chief for the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford. In addition, Elliott Sadler will return as the driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford and will run a limited number of Busch Series races for the remainder of the 2006 season.

Pitts most recently served as crew chief for RYR development drivers Stephen Leicht and Matt McCall in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Raymond Fox III, remains with RYR returning to the No. 38 M&M'S Ford driven by Sadler while also serving as a liaison between the RYR owned Busch and Nextel Cup Series teams.

RYR and CitiFinancial remain committed to the driver development program and will continue to utilize Matt McCall and Stephen Leicht in select NASCAR Busch Series races for the remainder of the 2006 season.

"Right now we are a victim of our own success," stated Robert Yates. "For so many years we were successful with the formula we used to run this team. We stayed small and didn't grow as fast as the technology in the sport has grown. What worked five years ago doesn't work now. We know we've fallen behind in that respect. Our goal is to figure out a technical direction and find the right people to lead that direction. This isn't a quick fix and it is going to be a process for us. This decision is a first step in the evaluation process."

"We are re-evaluating the way we are doing business from the top down," concurred Doug Yates. "This is a performance-based business and we have to evaluate the performance of where our cars are now. That begins with understanding our cars."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Stephen Leicht , Matt McCall
Teams Yates Racing