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Bubba Wallace gets new crew chief for 2020

Jerry Baxter will serve as the crew chief for the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Bubba Wallace for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Richard Petty Motorsports made the announcement that Baxter would reunite with Wallace on Monday. Previously the two worked together as members of Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2013 and 2014.

“The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is a crucial year for Richard Petty Motorsports,” Wallace said in a team media release. “As a team, we have made a ton of progress from my debut in 2018, and we are looking to continue that progress with Jerry calling the shots.

“He has been a great mentor, and even better friend, since we were able to work together in 2013 and 2014. I am excited to see him get this opportunity in the NASCAR Cup Series, and use our past success to take this team to new levels.”

Baxter becomes the third different crew chief for Wallace at RPM in as many seasons. Drew Blickensderfer operated as crew chief of the No. 43 in 2018 while Derek Stamets filled the role in 2019.

“During our time together, he trusted what I did as a crew chief, and trusted himself more and more, and we got better and better as we went,” Baxter said in the team release. “This is an incredible opportunity, and change is good.

“Having the confidence of Bubba and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports means a lot to me. I am excited about working with Bubba again, and the foundation Richard Petty Motorsports has in place with their group of guys.”

Baxter most recently served as the crew chief of Brett Moffitt at GMS Racing in the Truck Series.

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