MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 18) -- Veteran crew chief Michael "Fatback" McSwain was reunited with driver Ricky Rudd when Wood Brothers Racing hired him on Wednesday.

McSwain replaces crew chief Ben Leslie, who accepted a position with Ford Racing Technology. He takes over next week at Bristol Motor Speedway.

McSwain and Rudd worked together at Robert Yates Racing from 2000 to 2002, winning three races and four poles. But the two had a public falling out midway through the 2002 season, and both ended up leaving RYR.

McSwain went to Joe Gibbs Racing as Bobby Labonte's crew chief and Rudd went to drive the famed No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers.

Gibbs released McSwain last month.