Mike Bumgarner Announced As Elliott Sadler’s Crew Chief at Homestead

JR Motorsports | 11/15/2016

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JRM race operations manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief for Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 OneMain Financial team this Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2016) – JR Motorsports race operations manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief of the No. 1 OneMain Financial team this Saturday at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway as driver Elliott Sadler vies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.

Bumgarner will fill the role normally occupied by Kevin Meendering. Meendering is serving a one-race suspension as it was determined last Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway that two lugnuts were not satisfactorily fastened to the No. 1 car at the end of the Ticket Galaxy 200. NASCAR announced the infraction and penalty following the event.

“We let Kevin ultimately make this decision because it’s his team,” said general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “Kevin chose Mike to sit in the crew chief’s seat and for good reason – he is experienced atop the pit box and very dependable. We have a great deal of confidence in Mike to give Elliott his best opportunity to win on Saturday.”

As one of the drivers left standing in the Xfinity Series Championship 4, Sadler can win his first NASCAR title in Saturday’s season finale. The Emporia, Va., native enters the race with three wins in 2016, 13 top-fives and 28 top-10s in 32 starts. He will compete against JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.

Bumgarner, a native of Huntersville, N.C., is a 22-year veteran in NASCAR. He spent 18 years at Hendrick Motorsports, where he worked on cars for Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.  In 2007, he was crew chief on Busch’s No. 5 Chevrolet, which won four races and three pole awards. Bumgarner came to JRM in 2013 as crew chief for Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet in the No. 5 NXS entry. The following year he was promoted to oversee race operations for all JR Motorsports teams.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • October 21 03:00 PM ET
    Kansas Lottery 300Kansas Speedway
  • November 4 08:30 PM ET
    O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 11 03:30 PM ET
    Ticket Galaxy 200Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 18 03:30 PM ET
    Ford EcoBoost 300Homestead-Miami Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Drive for the Cure 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway | 10/7/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1William Byron # (P)30260
2Justin Allgaier (P)3023-3
3Elliott Sadler (P)3020-6
4Daniel Hemric # (P)3009-17
5Cole Custer # (P)3007-19
6Brennan Poole (P)3006-20
7Ryan Reed (P)3005-21
8Matt Tifft # (P)3004-22
10Michael Annett (P)2058-968