NASCAR: Kevin “Bono” Manion named crew chief for Alex Bowman, No. 7 team

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On the heels of announcing second-year Sprint Cup driver Alex Bowman as driver of its No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing has confirmed that Kevin “Bono” Manion will stay with the team as Bowman’s crew chief.

Manion was crew chief on the No. 7 last year when it was driven by Michael Annett. This past week, Annett was announced to drive a second car for HScott Motorsports.

Now, Manion will be guiding another young driver in Bowman, whose best finish for the BK Racing team last year was a 13th place finish at Daytona in July.

“With Bono leading the No. 7 team again this year, Alex Bowman driving and all the changes put in place at the shop, we looking forward to the drop of the green flag at Daytona,” said owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. in a release. “As always, we are happy to be a part of Team Chevy for another year.”

Manion won the 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 with Chip Ganassi Racing as crew chief for driver Jamie McMurray. He is also a two-time championship winning crew chief in the Xfinity Series (2004 and 2005, with current Furniture Row Racing Cup driver Martin Truex Jr.).

Today’s release from TBR also mentioned several other personnel changes within the team, including the promotion of Mark Gutekunst to lead engineer on the No. 7 and Doug Campbell coming on as the car’s spotter.