Brad Parrott To Call the Shots for Nationwide Series No. 09

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2009

Brad Parrott will return atop a pit box as the new crew chief of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend.

Parrott, son of legendary NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Buddy Parrott, has 20+ years of experience in NASCAR and worked his way up the ranks with some of NASCAR's most elite teams including Penske Racing, Robert Yates Racing, Roush Fenway RAcing and most recently with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sebates.

Parrott will make the calls for Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender John Wes Townley.

"Being a Raybestos rookie of the year contender in the Nationwide Series, I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with Brad and tap into his wealth of knowledge," Townley said. "His extensive experience in this sport is going to be a tremendous asset to both myself and RAB Racing."

Parrott once served as car chief to Dale Jarrett in the No. 88 Ford at Yates racing from 1996 to 2001. During his tenure there the team earned 23 victories (including two Daytona 500 and two Brickyard 400 wins) as well as the 1999 Spring Cup championship.

In 2002, Parrott made the parallel move to Roush Fenway Racing where he took over the controls for Jeff Burton. In 13 starts together, the duo visited Victory Lane five times, managed eight top-fives, nine top-10 finishes and two poles. In March 2001, Burton captured the pole and led every lap en route to a win.

Just one year later, Parrott moved back to Yates to call the shots on the No. 88 of Jarrett, this time as the crew chief. The duo won their first race back together in just his second start as crew chief at North Carolina Speedway.

Parrott's tenure at Yates was short lived again as he returned to Roush Fenway Racing in 2004 and 2005 to help with Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In two seasons, Parrott earned six poles, 10 wins, 30 top-fives, and 42 top-10 finishes. He also guided Edwards to the 2005 Rookie of they Year title.

In 2006, Parrott again would be with a new team, this time Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sebates.

Parrott was instrumental in earning Casey Mears and former Formula One driver, Juan Pablo Montoya each their first NASCAR victories. He also assisted Reed Sorenson to his second victory in the Nationwide Series.

Most recently, Parrott worked with several drivers in the 2008 season. He earned three poles in the Nationwide Series (Bryan Clauson, Daytona), Scott Pruett (Montreal) and Dario Franchitti (Watkins Glen.)

"In his career, Parrott has 18 Nationwide Series victories and has helped sculpt the career of many top drivers in the sport today," RAB Racing said in a release. "Parrott has once again been assigned the task of guiding a rookie driver to the top of the NASCAR ranks as he takes on the role of crew chief for Townley."

Parrott will sit atop the box at this Saturday's race at Auto Club Speedway.

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