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Brian Vickers gets a new crew chief for 2014 NASCAR season

jutter@charlotteobserver.comDecember 19, 2013 

NASCAR Martinsville Auto Racing

Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers speaks to the media during a press conference at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

STEVE HELBER — AP

Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday that Billy Scott will serve as driver Brian Vickers' crew chief on the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Scott has served as lead engineer for the team the past two seasons.

"Billy was the unanimous selection by everyone here at MWR including the crew, drivers, and ownership," said team co-owner Michael Waltrip. "We feel like engineering is one of our strongest assets and with that type of talent in house it was easy to promote from within. Billy has earned this opportunity because he has helped develop and refine the engineering tools that we use every day to make our cars faster."

Scott, 36, began racing motorcycles as a 5-year-old and stock cars when he turned 15. He worked in the Truck series as a mechanic before he returned to college to obtain an engineering degree. After graduating in 2005 Scott worked at Robert Yates Racing and began as an engineer at MWR in 2008.

"I'm honored, but I also know this is a big responsibility," said Scott on the announcement. "We have very high expectations for the Aaron's Dream Machine in 2014. Brian has been incredible to work with and is a winner, so we can't wait to get 2014 started."

Scott Miller, who took over as crew chief on the No. 55 when Rodney Childers left the organization, will return to his previous duties as MWR's executive vice president of competition.

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