Steve Addington Moves As Crew Chief From Younger to Older Busch Brother

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2009

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 19:  Steve Addington, crew chief for the #18 M&M's Toyota driven by Kyle Busch, waits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2009 in Loudon, New Hampshire  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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In a move widely rumored, Steve Addington has made it official: he is moving from crew chiefing Kyle Busch, to assuming the crew chief role of his older brother Kurt for the 2010 Sprint Cup season.

Under Addington's leadership, younger brother Kyle Busch won 12 races in the past two seasons. Addington will be joining the elder Busch, who finished fourth in the championship points this past season.

"Steve Addington has a proven track record of success in NASCAR and we are excited to welcome him to Penske Racing," team owner Roger Penske said of the Addington announcement in a statement shared with the media.

"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."

Kurt Busch expressed his enthusiasm with the choice of his new crew chief. "With Steve on board, I am confident we can build on the momentum from 2009 and compete for wins and the series title,'' Busch said.

Addington has had an impressive resume as a crew chief, especially in the Nationwide Series, where he worked with Mike Bliss and Jason Keller. Under Addington's leadership on the pit box, both Bliss and Keller finished in the top 10 in the points standings.

In 2005, Addington was named to the crew chief role of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Cup car in the car then driven by Bobby Labonte. He continued in that role when Labonte left and was replaced by J.J. Yeley.

Addington persevered after Yeley left and Kyle Busch was named the driver of the No. 18 M&M Toyota. He was described as "ice" to Busch's "fire" in his pairing with his new driver.

Addington and Busch were successful together in the 2009 season, but failed to make the championship Chase. Addington was then released from his duties late in the 2009 season and replaced by Dave Rogers, who is set to continue as the crew chief for Kyle Busch next season.

Addington will now face the next chapter in his crew chiefing career, moving from one brother to the next. 

"I am really looking forward to working with Penske Racing, Kurt Busch and the Miller Lite Dodge team," Addington said. 

"This a championship-caliber team with a great driver and with the resources and experience at Penske Racing," Addington continued. 

"We have the opportunity to add to the team's success starting next season."