Bumgarner To Lead Sadler's Title Bid

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JR Motorsports Race Operations Manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief for Elliott Sadler in Saturday's XFINITY Series season finale in Miami. (Photo: Getty Images)

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – JR Motorsports Race Operations Manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief for Elliott Sadler in Saturday's XFINITY Series season finale in Miami.

Bumgarner will fill the role normally occupied by Kevin Meendering, who is serving a one-race suspension after NASCAR found two lug nuts that were not properly fastened to Sadler's No. 1 Chevrolet following last weekend's Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

"We let Kevin make this decision because it’s his team," said General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. "He chose Mike to sit in the crew chief’s seat for good reason. He's experienced and dependable. We have a great deal of confidence in Mike to give Elliott his best opportunity to win on Saturday."

Sadler is one of four drivers who will compete for a championship in Saturday's Chase-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - along with teammate Justin Allgaier, and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.

Bumgarner is a 22-year NASCAR veteran who's worked with drivers Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch. He's been in his current post at JRM since 2014.

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning at 3 p.m. (ET) - with live streaming at MRN.com and on the MRN App.

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