Veteran Roush Fenway Racing car chief Chip Bolin will replace Robbie Reiser as crew chief for Matt Kenseth's No. 17 Ford in 2008, Kenseth confirmed Friday. Reiser has been promoted to general manager of NASCAR Nextel Cup team operations for Roush Fenway. Bolin took Reiser's place on the pit box earlier this year after NASCAR suspended Reiser for four races for rules infractions discovered during inspection before the season-opening Daytona 500.
Though Reiser is the only crew chief Kenseth has worked with in the Cup series, the driver believes the transition will be seamless.
"I'm not really worried about it at all," Kenseth said. "Actually, right now at this point, we have a lot of depth in the 17 team. I feel really good about that. We're planning on moving Chip Bolin up to be our crew chief, and he's been with us for 10 or 11 years. He's been there the whole time that me and Robbie have been there.
"He was the original engineer when we started that five-race deal in '99 with Roush, and he's more than ready and more than capable, so I'm not actually worried about it at all. I don't think we're really going to have a different cast."
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