MWR Announces Crew Chief Change
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 26, 2013 | 3:09 P.M. EST
Scott Miller, MWR's vice president of competition, will take over crew chief duties for the No. 55 team beginning this weekend at Atlanta. (Photo: Getty Images)
Crew chief Rodney Childers confirmed Monday that he no longer is the crew chief for Brian Vickers’ team at Michael Waltrip Racing. Scott Miller, vice president of competition at MWR, will oversee crew chief duties for the team the rest of the season.
Childers announced this past weekend that he will be Kevin Harvick’s crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing next season. He posted a picture on Twitter on Monday with members of Vickers’ team and wrote "The Last Supper ... #good times." Childers remains under contract with MWR through Dec. 31, preventing him from moving immediately to Stewart-Haas Racing.
Miller is a former crew chief. He served in that role for two races last season for Martin Truex Jr. when crew chief Chad Johnston was with his wife for the birth of their son. Miller also served as crew chief for Truex for the final three races of the 2011 season. Miller's last season as solely a crew chief was 2009 with Jeff Burton at Richard Childress Racing.
Billy Scott, a race engineer with MWR since 2008, will take an elevated role in race weekend preparations.
Brian Vickers said last weekend at Bristol that Childers, his good friend, is an "integral part" of the team, "but there's a lot of great guys" on the team.
"The good news is that we've got the opportunity to go find some great people for this team," Vickers said. "We're on the hunt, now, and there's some really good people out there. We're going to, hopefully, find the right one and still go race for a championship next year."
Childers joined Michael Waltrip Racing in 2009 and led David Reutimann to a win in the Coca-Cola 600 that season. They also won at Chicagoland Speedway in 2010. The past two seasons, Childers served as crew chief for a team that featured Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Vickers sharing a ride. Childers and Vickers won last month at New Hampshire.