NASCAR: Jeremy Bullins promoted to Wood Brothers crew chief

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Do the business in the NASCAR Nationwide (now XFINITY) Series and get promoted – it’s not just a methodology for drivers, but for crew chiefs as well.

So a few weeks after Adam Stevens got the call up from Joe Gibbs Racing’s NXS program to the Sprint Cup side with Kyle Busch, Jeremy Bullins is getting the call up from Team Penske’s NXS program to its Cup-affiliated team, the Wood Brothers.

Bullins will serve as crew chief for Ryan Blaney in the Cup races Blaney does. This comes after three years with Penske’s No. 22 team that produced 21 wins and two consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Owners’ Championships.

It’s also a homecoming for Bullins, who spent three years with the Wood Brothers at the turn of the century.

He crewed Wood Brothers Pro Cup and Late Model cars driven by Jon Wood in 1999, and a year later in 2000, Bullins became race engineer for the iconic No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a position he held until June of 2002.

Penske, undoubtedly, will be able to find a capable replacement on the NXS side for the No. 22 car.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.