Penske Championship Racing announced that Steve Addington will serve as crew chief for the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge and driver Kurt Busch next season. Addington comes to PCR from Joe Gibbs Racing, where he served as crew chief for Kurt’s younger brother, Kyle Busch, and the No. 18 Toyota.
I am really looking forward to working with Penske Racing, Kurt Busch and the Miller Lite Dodge team. This a championship-caliber team with a great driver, and with the resources and experience at Penske Racing, we have the opportunity to add to the team’s success starting next season.
Pat Tryson, who together with the elder Busch finished fourth in the championship standings this season, left PCR to join Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 56 team, and driver Martin Truex Jr. So, PCR began looking for his replacement.
Team owner Roger Penske said:
Steve Addington has a proven track record of success in NASCAR, and we are excited to welcome him to Penske Racing. By adding Steve to the winning Miller Lite team and working closely with Kurt, we believe we have the combination in place to compete for a championship as we head into the 2010 season.
In Addington’s first season with Kyle Busch, the duo won eight races and posted 17 top 5s, and 21 top 10s. Busch also led the points for 21 of the first 26 races, and he led the points for the 17 races leading up to the Chase. But, once in the Chase, a series of mechanical failures and bad finishes caused him to finish the season 10th in the standings.
This year, many expected him to dominate, much like he did last season. He did win four races, but that was only half of his win total the previous season. He missed the Chase by eight points, and the decision was made to separate Busch and Addington. Shortly thereafter, Addington left JGR.
Addington looks to help the No. 2 team build off of its strong 2009 campaign. Busch won two races, and posted 10 top 5s, and 21 top 10s.
Kurt Busch said:
We’re coming off a strong season, but I know we can be even better in 2010. With Steve on board, I am confident we can build on the momentum from 2009 and compete for wins and the series title in the Miller Lite Dodge.