By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
For the first time in over a decade, Jeff Hammond will be on top of the pit box in a NASCAR national touring series.
Clay Greenfield Motorsports announced Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR that the driver-owner will have Hammond as crew chief for at least eighth Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races this season.
On tonight's #LateShift with @JackOnSports & @HollywoodJeff, #NASCAR Truck Series owner/driver @claygreenfield joined the show, and announced a two-time Cup Series championship winning crew chief will return to the pit box for him in 2020… find out who below 👇 pic.twitter.com/LjlXY3c3Sh
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) January 29, 2020
Since his final full year as crew chief in 2000 for both Chad Little and Kurt Busch, Hammond would call shots for NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip when he made occasional starts throughout the 2000s.
Since then, Hammond transitioned from pit road to television and radio broadcasting, notably working with Fox Sports and Performance Racing Network (PRN).
The two-time Cup Series championship winning crew chief thinks highly of the Clarksville, Tennessee native as the duo will begin their partnership at the season opener at Daytona on February 14.
“It’s like coming full circle to be able to return to the top of the box for such a first-class team and a hungry driver like Clay Greenfield,” Hammond said. “I believe this Rackley Roofing #68 is going to turn some heads and prove that we’re a team to respect!”
Greenfield’s team will continue driving a Toyota Tundra with Rackley Roofing remaining as his primary sponsor of his No. 68 truck.
The 35-year-old said he’s thrilled of having a legendary crew chief that led to Waltrip to 43 Cup wins, including the 1989 Daytona 500.
“We are thrilled to have a legendary crew chief like Jeff join our team and help take us to the next level. With the addition of Jeff combined with equipment upgrades Rackley Roofing has allowed us to make, we are poised to have the most successful season in CGM’s history.”
In order to prepare for its biggest season yet, Greenfield’s team moved into a new 7,000 square feet facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. A move Curtis Sutton, CEO of Rackley Roofing, believes it’ll lead to greater things as 2020 will mark Greenfield’s third Truck Series campaign as a driver-owner.
“We will continue to strive for constant improvement, invest in new trucks, new equipment, and new technology and as we position ourselves to be a contender in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for years to come,” Sutton said.
In 49 series starts, Greenfield has scored two top-10s, both taking place at superspeedway races wit the first being a 10th place finish at Daytona in 2012. Followed by a career-best eighth at Talladega in 2017.