Matt Lucas Joins RAB Racing
CONCORD, N.C. – RAB Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Matt Lucas will take over the crew chief duties on the No. 29 RAB Racing Toyota Camry for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
Lucas brings more than 16 years of racing experience to RAB Racing and won two races last season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth.
“I’m really eager to join RAB Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season,” said Lucas. “The team as a whole has shown tremendous potential the last few years, and I am looking forward to helping their program grow. I’m excited to help take them to the next level and foresee many accomplishments on the horizon.
“Although I’ll be switching teams, I’m still glad to be part of the Toyota racing family, and still be running Joe Gibbs Racing Engines.”
“I think it goes without saying that we’re honored to be able to attract someone like Matt,” said RAB Racing team owner Robby Benton. “I think bringing him into the fold at RAB Racing to be paired with Chris Rice, who continues to lead our No. 99 team, will produce immediate results and be of benefit to the whole organization. We’ve been able to attend a couple tests over the off season and I feel Matt has adapted to our team very well. I look forward to having him lead our No. 29 effort this season.”
Lucas has been atop the pit box for such drivers as Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Michael McDowell, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Truex, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Dylan Kwasniewski.
In 2012 Lucas shared the No. 18 crew chief role with Adam Stevens at JGR and helped earn the Nationwide Series owner’s championship.
Before becoming a crew chief, Lucas was the race engineer for the No. 18 NNS Toyota Camry, earning the 2010 NNS Owner’s championship for Joe Gibbs Racing. Lucas was also the race engineer for 2007 Nationwide Series champion Carl Edwards and also won an IRL championship in 1998 with driver Kenny Brack.