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Rusty Wallace Racing hires Rick Viers to crew chief Michael Annett's NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota

Michael Annett
Michael Annett

NNSracing.com

In an effort to improve on-track performance, Rusty Wallace Racing announced today several changes within its competition department.

Headlining them is the addition of veteran Rick Viers as crew chief for the No. 62 Toyota, currently piloted by Michael Annett. An eight-time Nationwide Series winner, Viers comes to RWR after serving as crew chief for Roush-Fenway Racing's No. 16 entry last season.

Prior to his stint with Roush, Viers led the No. 27 Baker Curb Racing team and driver Greg Biffle.

In line with the addition of Viers, former No. 62 crew chief Jason Overstreet will now assume the role of car chief for RWR's No. 64 Toyota, piloted by David Reutimann and Jason Bowles. Overstreet will provide strong leadership and stability to the part-time effort.

Viers, a Pylersville, Md. native, also held the reins of Red Bull Racing's No. 84 Sprint Cup Series team in 2007 and 2008. Prior to that, he served as crew chief for Richard Childress Racing's Nationwide Series operation, with drivers Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

Both changes will go into effect immediately.

"Rick Viers's ability to lead and be successful in the Nationwide Series is well documented," team owner Rusty Wallace said. "We're looking forward to adding his knowledge and experience to our toolbox at Rusty Wallace Racing. I look forward to good things from that team.

"As for the No. 64 team, we started it to improve our whole organization and Jason Overstreet is a big part of our team. We've been staffing the No. 64 car with a variety of team members, so having someone with Jason's ability to oversee that car will definitely help our effort."