Team Penske pulled the string on a major personnel shake-up before the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, shifting the driver-crew chief pairings for all three teams.
The new alignment for Roger Penske’s organization:
- No. 2 Ford: Brad Keselowski, the operation’s senior-most driver, will work with crew chief Jeremy Bullins.
- No. 12 Ford: Ryan Blaney will be paired with crew chief Todd Gordon.
- No. 22 Ford: Joey Logano will have veteran crew chief Paul Wolfe atop his pit box.
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All three drivers won races last season and finished among the top 10 in the final Cup Series standings, but none reached the Championship 4 round of the playoffs. Team owner Roger Penske indicated the timing was right to make a move, even if it meant breaking up long-running driver-crew chief partnerships.
“As we do after the completion of each season, we evaluated what we can do to better achieve our goals and we felt it was time to make these changes to better position us to reach our potential,” Penske said in a release provided by the team. “We are fortunate that we have three very strong leaders in Paul, Todd and Jeremy, who work with experienced and talented crews. Pairing each of these winning teams with different drivers and cars should provide new energy and a fresh approach for the 2020 season.”
Keselowski and Wolfe had been one of the longest-established pairings in the NASCAR garage, dating back their run to the Xfinity Series championship in 2010. The two had been paired together for the last nine seasons at the NASCAR Cup Series level, accumulating 29 victories and the 2012 series championship.
Gordon and Logano had been paired together since 2013, Logano’s first year with the Penske organization. Together, they teamed up for 21 wins and a march to the 2018 series crown.
Blaney and Bullins had worked with each other on at least a part-time basis since 2012, when Blaney first entered the Xfinity Series. Their pairing in the Cup Series spanned a three-year stint with the Wood Brothers (2015-17) and the last two seasons with Team Penske. The Blaney-Bullins combination has yielded three Cup Series victories, one in each of the last three seasons. Bullins also has 21 Xfinity Series wins spread among a group of Penske drivers.