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12/24 2014

JEREMY BULLINS BACK AT WOOD BROTHERS RACING

Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins Wood Brothers

Former Team Penske crew chief moves up to Sprint Cup with Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney will have a familiar face atop the pit box in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races next year. So will Wood Brothers Racing as an organization.

The team announced Monday that Jeremy Bullins will call the shots for the No. 21 Ford in 2015, when Blaney gets behind the wheel on a part-time schedule. Bullins had previously worked with Wood Brothers Racing from 1999-2002, including a stretch as a race engineer.

Bullins has spent the past three seasons as a crew chief for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford in the NASCARNationwide Series. During that span, he has 21 wins, 57 top-fives and 79 top-10s in 99 races.

“This is a great opportunity for me at this point in my career to move to a great organization with a solid driver, while still getting the chance to work with the people that I’ve come to know and respect at Team Penske,” Bullins said in a team release. “Everyone in the sport knows about the Wood Brothers and recognizes that No. 21. To get a chance to work for Eddie and Len (Wood) and the entire organization and to have Ryan behind the wheel, is pretty much everything I could have asked for.”



Wood Brothers and Team Penske will begin a technical alliance next year, and Bullins told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” that the Woods will get Penske cars.

“Similar to the relationships that they’ve had in the past, we’ll be getting chassis from Penske,” Bullins said.

Blaney and Bullins made 19 starts together in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a partnership that produced two victories, eight top-fives and 16 top-10s. Sprint Cup rule changes should help their collaboration as they move up to NASCAR’s premier series.

“If you look at the direction of the rule changes, it’s certainly in the direction of the rules package for the XFINITY cars,” Bullins said on SiriusXM NASCAR. “Hopefully for us that will be a good thing. It’ll make the transition to the Cup car a little bit smaller and make the learning curve pass a little quicker for Ryan.

“That part in my mind is a good thing for our particular situation. What testing we’ve seen so far — guys doing the aero package tests — the feedback is a lot like an XFINITY car.”

The No. 21 ride became open when Trevor Bayne left for a full-time ride with Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR’s top series.