Drew Blickensderfer Reunited with Carl Edwards

Following the appointment of Mike Kelley, Carl Edwards' crew chief for the No. 60 car, as competition director for Roush Fenway's Nationwide Series endeavors, Drew Blickendersfer, will become Edwards' new coordinator.

Blickendersfer was replaced no later than last week as crew chief for Matt Kenseth by Todd Parrott and at the time Roush announced Blickendersfer will get involved with the team's research and development efforts.

Apparently things have changed and both Edwards and Blickendersfer can only be happy about the move. The two worked together back in 2008, when they managed to bring home seven wins, two poles, a second-place series' points finish and nine consecutive top-five runs. After replacing Chip Bolin in the beginning of the 2009 season, he also helped Kenseth clinch last year's Daytona 500.

"Drew is a wonderful team builder," Jack Roush, the team's owner, said according to NASCAR. "He will bring car-of-tomorrow experience to the Nationwide shop. Carl and Drew have a strong track record together. This is great for Copart and Fastenal. It provides them with a great chance to win a championship. This assignment will task Drew's potential."

As for Kelley, he has been with the team since 2006 and has worked with Todd Kluever, David Ragan and Carl Edwards. From now on, he will be in charge of car builds in Roush Fenway's Nationwide program.

"Mike Kelley is a fierce competitor and a very loyal employee. This is a great promotion for him. We will look forward to watching him continue to grow," Roush added.
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