Future for veteran Sprint Cup crew chief Jimmy Fennig after this season is uncertain

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With Carl Edwards heading to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, what will happen to veteran NASCAR crew chief Jimmy Fennig?

According to FoxSports.com, Fennig is waiting to discuss his future with team co-owner Jack Roush.

That future could potentially include a new role with the Roush Fenway Racing organization, perhaps becoming a crew chief for another driver (Trevor Bayne would be the most likely candidate) or possibly retirement.

It’s unlikely Fennig would follow Edwards to JGR, having spent most of his Cup career at RFR.

Fennig said he’d welcome a new role with the research and development arm of RFR, adding he doesn’t expect to remain as a crew chief after this season.

Roush appears to be as up in the air about Fennig’s future as Fennig himself is.

“We don’t have a plan yet,” Roush told FoxSports.com about Fennig’s plans for the future. “We haven’t heard definitively from Jimmy what his plans are, but he may be thinking about retirement. We’re just not sure.”

If Fennig remains as a crew chief in the RFR organization, it would mark his 30th year atop a Sprint Cup pit box. He was Kurt Busch’s crew chief when the elder Busch brother won the inaugural Chase for the Sprint Cup (known back then as the Chase for the Nextel Cup) in 2004.

He also directed Martin to his most successful season – although he fell short of the championship that year – in 1998. Martin earned seven wins, 22 top-5 and 26 top-10 finishes, and finished second in the Cup standings (one of five seasons that Martin finished runner-up).

In addition to Busch and Edwards, Fennig has also worked with Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Matt Kenseth, Dick Trickle, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, Hut Stricklin, Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace.

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Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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