Congratulations to Floyd Countian Darian Grubb, named this week as the new crew chief for the NASCAR Nextel Cup team of Casey Mears.

Grubb,son of county building contractor Dwayne Grubb (who built our home) and his wife Wanda (a high school classmate), gained national attention in last year’s Daytona 500 when he took over as interim crew chief for Jimmie Johnson when Chad Knaus was suspended for rules infractions.

After graduating from Floyd County High School, Grubb earned an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and worked for a while at Volvo before joining Richard Petty’s racing operation. He then moved on to the Hendrick team.