Cicci-Welliver Fires Crew Chief

CONCORD, N.C. – Apparently, winning a race is not enough these days.

A few weeks after the No. 36 Cicci-Welliver Racing NASCAR Busch Series team earned its first victory with new driver Hank Parker Jr., the team fired crew chief Billy Nacewicz.

Team owner Frank Cicci cited a lack of consistent performance as one of the reasons for Nacewicz’s departure. Parker, who earned his first career Busch Series victory at California in April, is 23rd in the points standings after 13 races. The California triumph was the team’s only top-10 finish this season.

Parker’s Chevrolet blew an engine last Sunday in the Nazareth 200 at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, relegating him to a last-place finish.

"The team has not been as competitive as we’d hoped this season, so we’re taking steps to rectify that situation," co-owner Cicci said. "We felt the chemistry that is so vital to a team’s success was not apparent. We decided our first change needed to be at the crew chief position.

"Billy Nacewicz is a great crew chief, but we decided a change was necessary to improve our performance. I’m sure Billy's future as a crew chief is very bright and we’ll see him in a competitor’s uniform this season."

Car chief Bryan Smith will serve as interim crew chief for the GNC Live Well Racing team at this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Cicci-Welliver Racing is in the process of selecting a crew chief to replace Nacewicz.

Cicci-Welliver’s other two Busch Series teams are struggling this season, as well. Driver Tim Fedewa is running 16th in the points, while David Green is 19th.

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