Petty hires Kevin Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Kevin ''Bono'' Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr. beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who has been offered another position in the organization.

Manion was the crew chief for Jamie McMurray in 2010 when the duo won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Manion has five wins as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the Xfinity Series.

Manion won two Xfinity Series championships with Martin Truex Jr.

Hornish is in his first season with RPM, and had his best finish Sunday at Talladega, where he finished sixth. His previous best with the organization was 12th in the Daytona 500.

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