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RAB Racing hires Matt Lucas to head up No. 29 Nationwide team

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NASCAR Nationwide Series team RAB Racing has hired Matt Lucas to serve as crew chief for the No. 29 RAB Toyota in Nationwide competition in 2014, according to an announcement from the race team on Tuesday.

"I'm really eager to join RAB Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season," Lucas said. "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 a lot more accomplishments on the horizon. Although I'll be switching teams, I'm still glad to be part of the Toyota Racing family and still running the best power plants in the sport, Joe Gibbs Racing Engines."

Lucas guided driver Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing to two Nationwide Series wins in 2013. He also played a role in JGR's No. 18 team winning the Nationwide Series car owner championship in 2012. Prior to becoming a crew chief, Lucas was an engineer for multiple teams that won championships in the Nationwide Series and in IndyCar.

"I think it goes without saying that we're honored to be able to attract someone like Matt," RAB Racing owner Robby Benton said. "I thinking 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."

Scott Lagasse Jr. will drive the No. 29 in the Feb. 22 season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

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