RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has named Chris Rice as crew chief for John Wes Townley's No. 09 Toyota Tundra for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Rice, a South Boston, Va., native, has been with RAB Racing since July 2011, working as Director of Special Projects.
"I'm looking forward to working with John Wes Townley in 2012," said Rice. "With the aid of our Nationwide Series program and Toyota support, it is going to be a great season. I want to thank RAB Racing for providing us with the opportunity to compete for the Rookie of the Year title in the Camping World Truck Series. It has been exciting to see this team expand and I hope to bolster these efforts moving forward."
Rice, a former race-winning crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has experience atop the pit box in all three of NASCAR's top divisions since 2003. In his most recent stint serving as crew chief for a Camping World Truck Series team, Rice garnered one top-five and two top-10s in 15 starts with driver Shelby Howard in 2008.
"Chris played an integral role with our Nationwide Series team last year and assisted Scott Zipadelli on numerous projects," said Robby Benton, owner of RAB Racing. "When the Camping World Truck Series opportunity came about, he was the natural fit for both our team and for driver John Wes Townley. Chris and John Wes worked together for a few events in 2009 when he was driving our Nationwide Series entry and then reconnected with him several weeks ago as crew chief for a NASCAR regional series event at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Chris brings along a wealth of experience and knowledge and I look forward to growing our Truck program around him."
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