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Marcus Richmond assumes crew chief role on Cole Custer’s Truck team

Rattlesnake 400 - Practice

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 09: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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After the resignation of Joe Shear Jr. earlier this month, JR Motorsports has named Marcus Richmond the crew chief on the No. 00 of Cole Custer in the Camping World Truck Series.

Richmond takes over duties on Custer’s team heading into the eighth race of the season this weekend at Iowa Speedway.

Richmond has 205 starts as a crew chief in the Truck series and nine victories, including the 2016 season opener at Daytona with Johnny Sauter, who Shear now works with. Richmond helped Ty Dillon earn a runner-up finish in the 2013 championship standings.

“Marcus is a well-known crew chief in the Truck Series garage, and we are delighted he has joined our team,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports in a press release. “He brings a lot of experience and the kind of steady leadership that can take us to Victory Lane and into the inaugural Chase this season. Paired with Cole and the rest of the team, we are eager to see this new partnership begin at Iowa Speedway.”

Richmond will work with Custer, who is in his first full season in the Truck series. After seven races, Custer is 14th in the point standings. The 18-year-old driver has two Truck wins in the previous two seasons, but his best result this year is fifth a Dover.

“The main reason I came to this team is because they do what it takes to win races, and they have a driver that can win races,” said Richmond in the press release. “I feel like this is a great opportunity to do that here at JR Motorsports, with Cole in the driver’s seat. We are going to have to evaluate where we are with everything and build on it as quickly as possible. With JRM’s knowledge and support from Gene Haas, maybe we can jump to where we need to be quickly. We want to have a good solid plan for the rest of the year.”

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