NASCAR & Auto Racing

Reiser downplays his new role

Robbie Reiser said Saturday that his new job as general manager for Roush Fenway Racing’s Nextel Cup operations won’t be that big of a change from the job he’s had as Matt Kenseth’s crew chief.

“The office is only going to be about 40 feet from where I’ve been the last few years, so I really don’t look at as that big of a change,” he said.

“Obviously, I’ll be involved with the five teams, but what I do on a daily basis, it’ll change a little bit because the guys on the 17 will be off on their own, but it’s really not that big of a thing.”

Reiser said the new job is really just a “next step” for him.

“I’m sure (car owner) Jack (Roush) is a little bit nervous because I do go out on a limb once in a while with some of the stuff I do,” Reiser said. “But it’s all about racing and doing the best we can so we can come out here and compete and win races and championships and whatever we have to do.”