Richard Petty Motorsports has announced that veteran crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion will serve as crew chief of the No. 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford driven by Sam Hornish, Jr. Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who has been offered another position within the organization, and will be atop the pit box this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Manion, a native of Boylston, Mass., is a championship-winning crew chief and helped lead Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to wins in both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in 2010. Manion has five career wins in the Sprint Cup Series and 15 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
He worked with driver Martin Truex, Jr. in both his XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series career, earning a pair of XFINITY Series championships. He also led Jamie McMurray to four Sprint Cup Series wins.
"We began the season with changes to the No. 9 race team, most notably with the addition of Sam as our driver," said Sammy Johns, Director of Competition for RPM. "We are now looking to give Sam all the tools he needs to be successful. We feel that Kevin will bring in some new ideas to help better our performance. We welcome him to the Petty family."