Crew chief Graves returns to Roush to work with Newman

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Crew chief Graves returns to Roush to work with Newman


Crew chief Graves returns to Roush to work with Newman


Scott Graves will return to Roush Fenway Racing in 2019 to crew chief for Ryan Newman and the No. 6 Ford team.

The organization announced the addition of Newman last month. Newman is leaving Richard Childress Racing after five seasons and will replace Matt Kenseth and Trevor Bayne.

“We are very pleased to bring Scott back to the fold,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “Scott is an exceptional talent atop the pit box and he has done an outstanding job throughout his career, with multiple championship campaigns attesting to that. He brings a strong engineering background to the table and we are excited about the opportunity to pair him with Ryan Newman going into the 2019 season.”

Graves first joined Roush in 2006 as an engineer and last served as a Roush crew chief from 2012-2015.

With time in both the Xfinity and NASCAR Cup Series, Graves started out by working with four different drivers in the Xfinity Series in 2012. Graves earned his first career win with Carl Edwards that season. Then in 2013, Graves moved into the Cup Series full-time and guided Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to Rookie of the Year honors. He then returned to the Xfinity Series in 2014 and won the 2015 title with Chris Buescher.

Earlier this month, Graves left his position with Joe Gibbs Racing where he had been the crew chief for Daniel Suarez. Graves was paired with Suarez earlier last season and the pair earned 18 top-10 finishes together. The duo also won the 2016 Xfinity Series championship.