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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  • August 4 03:30 PM ET
    Zippo 200Watkins Glen International
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    Mid-Ohio ChallengeMid-Ohio Sports Car Course
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XFINITY Series Standings

After Lakes Region 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | 7/21/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Daniel Hemric6500
2Christopher Bell #644-6
3Elliott Sadler643-7
4Cole Custer637-13
5Justin Allgaier602-48
6Tyler Reddick #553-97
7Brandon Jones543-107
14Michael Annett343-307