Pemberton Back With MB2

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CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Pemberton will return to his NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief roots, rejoining MB2 Motorsports as crew chief of the Army Pontiac to be driven by Jerry Nadeau in 2003.

Pemberton began his crew chief career at the Tom Beard/Nelson Bowers/Read Morton-owned team in 1997. He returns to the Concord, N.C.-based organization after spending three seasons at Jasper Motorsports.

"MB2 Motorsports is where I started as a crew chief, and I couldn't be happier about returning," said Pemberton, 33. "We've got a lot of the pieces in place with a great sponsor, a strong management team and a winning driver. Jerry and I have been friends since we worked together briefly in 1999, and I've always thought that we had a lot of potential. I'm especially looking forward to working with Johnny Benson and James Ince with the Valvoline team. This will be my first opportunity as a crew chief to be part of a multi-car team, and I think that James and I can offer a lot to one another, both in the shop and at the racetrack."

"We're excited to have both Ryan and Jerry back at MB2 Motorsports," commented Jay Frye, general manager. "We saw a little of what they were capable of in 1999 and we're looking forward to bringing that spark back to the Army Pontiac team."

Pemberton began his crew chief career in 1997, calling the shots for the #36 Pontiac driven by Derrike Cope. In 1998, Pemberton and Ernie Irvan combined for three pole positions and 11 top-10s, including five sixth-place performances.

The team finished 15th in the final owners' points standings, a career best for both Pemberton and the #36 team.

In 2000, Pemberton joined Jasper Motorsports, leading driver Robert Pressley to his best career season, a 26th-place finish in the drivers' standings. Under his leadership, the team jumped from 39th in 1999 to 25th in the 2000 standings. Progress continued in 2001, with the team finishing 23rd and Jasper and Pressley earning their best career finishes, a second-place performance at Chicagoland Speedway. With just one race remaining in 2002, the Jasper Motorsports team is positioned to finish in the top 20 for the first time in its eight-year history.

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