Parrott new crew chief for 38 Team

By Jeff Birchfield
STAR Staff
jbirchfield@starhq.com

   There's a familiar name at the helm.
   Robert Yates Racing announced on Tuesday that, effective immediately, Todd Parrott will assume crew chief duties for Elliott Sadler and the No. 38 M&M'S Racing Team.
   Raymond Fox III, who had served in the crew chief capacity since October of 2002, will continue to play an integral role on the No. 38 team. "Todd (Parrott) is going to assume the position of crew chief," said Robert Yates, owner of the No. 38 and 88 teams. "The 38 team had some success in several races this year but we feel like we need to improve the performance so we can run up front on a more consistent basis."
   Parrott took a hiatus from RYR earlier in the season after his younger brother Brad was relieved of crew chief duties for driver Dale Jarrett.
   "Todd's experience will take the No. 38 team to the next level," said Yates, who has 54 wins as a Winston Cup team owner. "Raymond Fox has done a great job for us, and will continue to be an important part of this race team."
   Coming to Bristol this weekend, it is the sight of one win for Parrott as a crew chief with Jarrett in 1997 and one win for Elliott Sadler as a driver with the Wood Brothers team in 2001.
   "I've been at home re-charging my batteries," said Parrott. "I am really excited to be back to work and am looking forward to working with Elliott Sadler. Elliott is a young, energetic and enthusiastic driver who has had an up and down season."
   Parrott was tabbed as crew chief for Jarrett in 1996 after working several years with driver Rusty Wallace. He was a key part of the Blue Max Racing team in 1989 that won the NASCAR title. He remained with Wallace over the next few years at Penske Racing, including the years 1993 and '94 when Wallace scored 18 wins over two seasons.
   About his new team, Parrott said: "They have qualified and raced well at times and I hope that I can help this young guy get into the winner's circle. With Raymond and I working side by side I think it won't be too hard to find victory lane."
   Parrott was atop the pit box for both of Jarrett's Daytona 500 wins at Robert Yates Racing and is the son of legendary mechanic Buddy Parrott.
   "I think Todd Parrott's return will help us find the depth we were missing at this point in the season," said Sadler. "I said at the beginning of the year this team could win a championship and I still think that today. I'm really happy of the opportunities given to me at Robert Yates Racing."
   Sadler did have some early season highlights including winning the pole position at Darlington back in the spring. He is currently ahead of teammate Jarrett in the point standings.
   Parrott, who had served in the team manager position since December 2001, will assume the position he worked in with the No. 88 team from 1996 to 2001.
   Parrott led the team to the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship and has scored 24 wins as crew chief with the No. 88 team. Dave Smith will continue to work as the car chief under Parrott and Fox on the 38.