Athenian Motorsports confirmed to motorsport.com that crew chief Mike Ford is no longer with the No. 25 Xfinity Series team.
Ford joined the team with four races remaining in the 2014 season. In 31 races, the team posted one top-10 finish with Dylan Lupton last month at Mid-Ohio.
Prior to his stint with Athenian Motorsports, Ford spent 14 seasons as a Sprint Cup crew chief starting with Bill Elliott in 2000. His teams won 21 races and posted 96 top-fives and 170 top-10 finishes in 458 races. Ford led Danny Hamlin to five Chase for the Sprint Cup berths including the No.11 team’s second-place finish in the standings in 2010.
Withdrawal from Dover Xfinity race
The race team released at statement on Monday saying it was withdrawing its entry from the NXS race this weekend at Dover International Speedway and would focus its attention “solely on the No. 05 Chevrolet during Saturday night’s Truck Series race at Las Vegas.”
Athenian Motorsports added the decision comes at the team “has elected to strengthen its efforts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the remainder of the current season and in 2016.”
After 17 races this season, the No. 05 Zaxby’s Chevy is currently eighth in the Camping World Truck Series with Townley behind the wheel.
The release added the team will contemplate future NXS events “on a race-by-race basis”.