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Interim crew chief helps Kenseth conquer Darlington

May 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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After being chosen to serve as an interim crew chief for Matt Kenseth in last night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Wally Brown helped guide the former Sprint Cup champion to victory.

Brown previously served as a crew chief for Carl Edwards at Roush Fenway Racing, and was given the nod to take over for Kenseth’s regular crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, who was sitting out due to a one-race suspension (previously a six-race ban) for a rules violation.

But while Brown will only be atop the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing pit box for one week, he’ll still have a great memory as Kenseth claimed his first career win at Darlington — and also gave Brown his own inaugural win as a Cup crew chief.

“Overall, the weekend went pretty good just due to the preparation of the [No.] 20 guys, Jason Ratcliff — they put a lot of effort [in], several test plans,” said Brown. “We had our plan all weekend. It actually went pretty smooth. Once the race started, I noticed we were able to hang in there for a while. I knew at that point we’d be OK.

“If we just kept up with the track position, we would have a good night.”

Brown had called 39 Cup races in his career prior to Saturday. Now with a win in his pocket, he returns back to his normal job as an engineer at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“This was a one-race deal,” he said according to NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello. “Just to help out.”

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