Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief Ben Leslie Named Crew Chief for Empire Racing's No. 82 Team
Empire Racing announced today that Ben Leslie has been named crew chief of the No. 82 Roush Yates Engines Ford Fusion driven by Sean Corr in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Ben comes to Empire Racing with an 18-year career in the motorsports industry. Leslie’s background includes experience in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, where he worked with drivers such as former Sprint Cup Series champions Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Labonte, and defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
“This is a great opportunity to be working with a growing team like Empire Racing,” Leslie said. “I had the opportunity to work with Sean at Kansas last year. He has a very good feel for the car and excellent ‘car control’. The whole organization is dedicated to putting out the best equipment every race.”
“I’m very excited to begin working with Ben and preparing for the 2012 season,” Corr said. “I am confident his substantial experience and background in racing will benefit Empire Racing and help the No. 82 team gain a more competitive edge in the ARCA Racing Series.”
Leslie spent the majority of his Sprint Cup career with Roush Fenway Racing, where he got his NASCAR start in 1994 as a mechanic and tire changer. In 1998, he was named car chief for the No. 26 Ford of Johnny Benson and was later promoted to interim crew chief, which led to a permanent crew chief position with the championship-winning organization.
Leslie’s career highlights include rookie of the year honors with Kenseth in 2000 and a runner-up championship finish with Mark Martin in 2002, which encompassed a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600.
Following the 2002 season, Leslie went on to fulfill crew chief positions with organizations such as Wood Brothers Racing, Yates Racing and Hall of Fame Racing. He also has served as field director at Ford Racing for several years.
In 2010, Leslie returned to Roush Fenway Racing and was named crew chief of the No. 6 Ford driven by Stenhouse Jr.
For more on Sean Corr, Empire Racing and marketing partnership opportunities for the 2012 racing season, please visit empireracingllc.com.
About Empire Racing:
Established in 2009, Empire Racing LLC. Is a two-tier professional Motorsports organization consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Sean Corr, a 27-year old hailing from Goshen, New York pilots the team’s automobiles in the DIRTcar Series and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). In 2012, the team will once again attempt to run for a championship in the ARCA Racing Series and selected NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events .The team is headquartered in Goshen, New York with an additional operation in Mooresville, NC