Beam Rules Galaxy Team

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In a deal that's been worked on for months, veteran crew chief Mike Beam has finally moved in as general manager at Galaxy Motorsports, which fields Winston Cup cars for driver Wally Dallenbach.

Beam, who left the Wood Brothers team on Tuesday, will be working alongside crew chief Newt Moore on the car and will oversee all racing-related issues.

It's a deal that Moore - who left the Wood Brothers in April - says was just a matter of time.

"Right after the first Talladega race, we were all going to come over here together," said Moore. "But we didn’t want to leave the Wood Brothers with no crew chief. So Mike just told me to come on over here, and I’ve been trying to do everything by myself basically. Towards the end of the year he told he was going to move on."

With the Galaxy team, Beam will be trying to help an operation than has struggled to only one top-10 finish this season, and failed to qualify for the last Winston Cup race in Talladega.

"Mike and me are tight, it’s going to be a real good deal," Moore said. "He will go with us for four races until the end of the year, and kind of look at everything and see where we are missing things. Then next year, he’ll stay at the shop and make sure everything gets taken care of, and I’ll take care of things on the road."

Beam had been with the Wood Brothers for two seasons, and hasn’t been able to take the team - or driver Elliott Sadler - to the levels he or the team owners had wished. Sadler is currently 30th in points with only one top-10 finish this season.

Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 car, said he’d name a new crew chief in the next few weeks.

One of those considered to be in the forefront for the job is Neil Perkins, who recently joined the Woods' team. Perkins has an established working relationship with the Sadler family as he was the crew chief for Hermie Sadler, Elliott’s brother, in the Busch Series.

There is no official word on who will be calling the shots from Sadler’s pit during Sunday’s Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway. As of now, Perkins’ duties are assisting the team with car preparation and setup.

If no Sadler crew chief is named before Sunday, sources close to the situation say brothers Eddie and Len Wood will go back to splitting the duties.

The Wood Brothers have also added a tire specialist from the Busch Series, Sean Kerlin.

Beam, 44, has been a Winston Cup crew chief since 1981 and has worked with drivers such as Kyle Petty, Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin and Michael Waltrip. He has two Winston Cup wins, both with Elliott as the driver.

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