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Phil Surgen Named Crew Chief for Matt Kenseth

Phil Surgen will be the new crew chief for Matt Kenseth‘s No. 42 Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Surgen, previously a race engineer for the team, is scheduled to be atop the pit box for the remainder of the 2020 season, replacing Chad Johnston.

Johnston has been the crew chief for Kenseth since NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway in May.

Kenseth had scored two top-10 finishes since replacing Kyle Larson in the No. 42. Their best result together came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, where he finished second.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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Matt is not getting this package down. Gotta try something.

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