RFR's young Fennig follows in dad's footsteps

JOEY FENNIG FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS JOEY FENNIG FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS CONCORD, N.C. (June 11, 2008) -- The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to the Fennig family. Jimmy Fennig, David Ragan's crew...

JOEY FENNIG FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS

JOEY FENNIG FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS

CONCORD, N.C. (June 11, 2008) -- The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to the Fennig family. Jimmy Fennig, David Ragan's crew chief on the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, has someone following right in his footsteps. That shadow is his 16-year old son Joey Fennig. Joey is currently a member of the AAA team and an employee of Roush Fenway Racing. Joey just completed his junior year of high school and will spend his summer working at the shop and traveling with the team on the weekends.

During the school year Fennig works in the shop after school and comes to the track with the raceday team to help out. With school being out for summer, Joey will spend his days working at the shop with his father and the set-up team, and will travel to a majority of the races. Jimmy Fennig stresses that school comes first, but racing is a close second.

"Joey is mature beyond his years and manages to excel in his academics as well as racing," said Fennig. "If this is what he wants to do in the future then I will support him 100 percent."

Joey has some big shoes to fill. Jimmy Fennig has had a successful career and has worked with such drivers as Bobby Allison, Mark Martin, Dick Trickle and won the 2004 Sprint Cup Championship with Kurt Busch.

In 2007 Jack Roush paired Jimmy Fennig with the rookie driver David Ragan. The experience of Fennig is exactly what Ragan needed. Ragan finished fifth in the Daytona 500 and was the runner up for the rookie-of-the-year award. The duo are currently in their second season together had have two top-five and three top-10 finishes, and currently sit just seven points out of the top 12 in the point standings.

"I started working at Roush last summer and tried to make it to as many races as I could last year," said Joey. "In a sport like this you are always working or traveling so it's great to get to spend time with my Dad and I've learned a lot from him. Next year I'm going to be a senior and my goal is to go to college and someday be a crew chief like my Dad. I'm not sure exactly what my major will be or where I'll go to school, but hopefully, it will be somewhere nearby so I can keep traveling and working with the team."

-credit: rfr

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