Midway though last season Bob Osborne stepped aside after serving as the crew chief of the No. 99 Ford since 2004. Even as Osborne no longer sits atop the pit-box of Edwards the driver still feels his influence on the race team.
“I am very, very grateful to Bob for everything that he’s done and everything that he still does for our team,” Edwards said in a teleconference call on Wednesday.
“I don’t feel like I lost Bob, I feel like I gained Jimmy Fennig and Bob still works on our team, so it’s a pretty cool situation for me.”
Edwards broke a 70-race win-less streak by finding victory lane at Phoenix in just his second start with crew chief Jimmy Fennig.
“I guess the biggest thing I appreciate about Bob is that when he wasn’t able to crew chief anymore, there was absolutely no ego involved. He stepped aside, Chad Norris came in, and then Bob moved to a different position in the company, and right now he still works – he works hand in hand with each crew chief, he’s developing things fo