Blickensderfer Out As Kenseth’s Crew Chief

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

According to NASCAR.com, Drew Blickensderfer has been replaced as the crew chief for Matt Kenseth. This move comes a week after the team finished eighth in the Daytona 500. It’s a surprising move, as Kenseth can’t seem to keep a crew chief these days.

Todd Parrott will take over as Kenseth’s crew chief starting this week in California. Parrott of course was the crew chief who led Dale Jarrett to his only Sprint Cup (then Winston Cup) championship in 1999.

Parrott is Kenseth’s fourth crew chief in as many years, and as a result we can’t really be surprised by his absence from the Chase last season. We will see if Parrott will have the magic touch to take the 17 car to the front, but it appeared all the team was really lacking was continuity, which they were getting in the return of Blickensderfer.

This will be an interesting move to watch. Todd Parrott is a Sprint Cup Champion crew chief, but I can’t say I fully agree with the timing of this move.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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