Richert Hired As Crew Chief For Jeff Purvis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs, owner of the Porter-Cable NASCAR Busch Series Racing Team announced today the hiring of veteran crew chief Doug Richert. Richert, 39, will oversee the #4 Porter-Cable Racing Team, with driver Jeff Purvis.

Richert, a San Jose, CA native, brings a long list of racing success to the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. At the age of 19, he served as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt and led the 7-time Winston Cup Champion to his first title.

The list of drivers Richert has worked with reads like a Who's Who of NASCAR; Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Alan Kulwicki, Benny Parsons, Jimmy Spencer, and Buddy Baker. More recently, Richert served as crew chief for PPI Motorsports and driver Scott Pruett.

"We are real excited to have Doug Richert come to work for us," Joe Gibbs said. "We are constantly evaluating areas to make the Porter-Cable Racing program as strong as possible. We believe the addition of Doug will be a strong one as we strive to reach our goals."

Richert expressed his excitement in joining the Joe Gibbs Racing Team.

"This is a great opportunity to work for one of the top teams in the sport of NASCAR. Jeff Purvis is a talented driver and along with the whole team, I want to get Jeff back to where he is running in the top-ten every week."

Purvis is looking forward to the addition of Richert to the Porter-Cable Racing Team.

"Doug has been around for a long time, his Winston Cup experience will be a huge asset for our program. Doug will bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table that will allow us to put the Porter-Cable Pontiac back up front."

Richert went right to work on Monday, the team spent the day testing at Greenville Pickens Speedway. The Porter-Cable Team will spend the next couple of days in the shop preparing for the Carquest Auto Parts 300 on Saturday at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

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