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Eddie Pardue Becomes Crew Chief for Ryan Preece

Ryan Preece has a new crew chief beginning with the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

JTG Daugherty Racing confirmed the move to NBC Sports. Eddie Pardue has been elevated from his role as an engineer to the crew chief position. Preece’s former crew chief, Tristan Smith, has switched roles and is now an engineer on the No. 47 team.

Preece is currently in his rookie season in the Cup Series. As the driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet, he is 27th in points with one top five and three top-10 finishes. His career-best finish came in the April race at Talladega Superspeedway. Preece finished third in that race.

Pardue has served as a crew chief previously. He has been the crew chief for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, 338 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and 22 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. He has been the winning crew chief three times in his career, all in the Xfinity Series. He most recently served as a crew chief for Circle Sport – The Motorsport Group during the 2017 Cup Series season.

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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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