BUSCH: Paul Andrews named Kahne's crew chief

Akins Motorsports Hires Veteran Crew Chief Paul Andrews To Take Over Reigns For No. 38 Great Clips Team and Driver Kasey Kahne MOORESVILLE, NC--Akins Motorsports team owners Doug Stringer and Brad Akins announced today that Paul Andrews, 47, has...

Akins Motorsports Hires Veteran Crew Chief Paul Andrews To Take Over Reigns For No. 38 Great Clips Team and Driver Kasey Kahne

MOORESVILLE, NC--Akins Motorsports team owners Doug Stringer and Brad Akins announced today that Paul Andrews, 47, has been named as crew chief of the No. 38 Great Clips team, effective immediately. The team's previous crew chief, Jamie Jones, will continue as the shock specialist for the team.

"We are very thrilled that Paul has joined our team at Akins Motorsports and know that his vast knowledge of the sport will take our program to the next level," said Stringer.

"Paul is a proven winner and there's no doubt in my mind that he'll be able to chalk up more victories with this team."

Andrews has been a Winston Cup and NEXTEL Cup crew chief since 1988 and captured the highly coveted championship trophy in 1992 with the late Alan Kulwicki. In addition, Andrews has visited Victory Lane 12 times in his storied career as a crew chief.

"I am definitely excited to be at Akins Motorsports with Kasey," said Andrews. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity and plan on visiting Victory Lane with this team.

"Before taking the position, I had a conversation with Tommy Baldwin (Kahne's NEXTEL Cup crew chief). Tommy and I have a really good relationship, and I know that information will be flowing between both programs."

Prior to joining Akins Motorsports, Andrews was employed by Roush Racing as crew chief for Jeff Burton and the No. 99 team. In addition, he also held the crew chief position at Dale Earnhardt Inc., with driver Steve Park for the 1999-2002 Cup Series seasons.

Andrews worked at Penske-Kranefuss from 1996 until moving to lead Park's crew and before that he spent nine seasons with Kulwicki where he won the championship.

"I'm ready to get things going with Paul, and I know he's going to be a great leader for this team," said Kahne. "He's an asset and will get everyone moving in the right direction. I think the whole team is as excited as I am to have him at Akins Motorsports."

This season, Kahne has recorded two top-five and two top-10 finishes in seven starts. He is currently 17th in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings.

Kahne finished the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series season seventh in points with one victory (Homestead-Miami Speedway), one Bud Pole (Michigan International Speedway), four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He will compete in the NASCAR Busch Series in the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge as well as the NEXTEL Cup Series in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge.

For more information on Akins Motorsports, please visit www.akinsmotorsports. For additional information on the team's primary sponsor, Great Clips, visit www.greatclips.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Kasey Kahne , Tommy Baldwin , Alan Kulwicki