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Mike Beam replaces departing Drew Blickensderfer as Carl Edwards' Nationwide Series crew chief

Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

Roush Fenway Racing will replace David Ragan crew chief Donnie Wingo with Drew Blickensderfer beginning with the Sprint Cup race this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Blickensderfer, who was Sprint Cup crew chief for Matt Kenseth in 2009 and for the 2010 Daytona 500, has served as crew chief for Carl Edwards in the Nationwide Series for most of this year.

Edwards is second in the Nationwide standings, but his championship hopes are slim as he is 373 points behind Brad Keselowski with eight races left in the season.

Blickensderfer returns to Cup after a 37-race stint in which he won the first two races (including the Daytona 500) of 2009 with Kenseth but then failed to get the No. 17 team into the 2009 Chase.

"It's obviously a great opportunity and I'm eager to work with David Ragan, the No. 6 team and everyone at UPS," said Blickensderfer, who won his first two races as a Sprint Cup crew chief in 2009.

"I actually started at Roush Fenway as a rear-tire changer and setup mechanic on the No. 6 team, so it is kind of like coming full circle. There is a lot of tradition that goes with that team here at Roush Fenway and it is really an honor to get to head it up. I look forward to the challenge and can't wait to get to Dover this weekend."

Mike Beam will take over as Edwards' crew chief in the Nationwide Series.

"We have a really solid team in the Nationwide Series that I've been a part of this season as director of competition," Beam said. "I'm ready to hit the ground running in my new role as crew chief."