Joe Gibbs Racing is changing the complexion of its Sprint Cup crew chief line up for 2016.
Sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com that Darian Grubb will no longer oversee the No. 19 Arris/Stanley Tools Toyota driven by Carl Edwards. Dave Rogers, who is currently crew chief for the No. 11 Fed Ex team and Denny Hamlin, is expected to move into the role.
With Rogers taking over the No. 19 team, Mike Wheeler is expected to be named crew chief of the No. 11 crew and Hamlin. “Wheels” was Hamlin’s race engineer on the No. 11 team and even filled in for Grubb for one event before he was promoted to crew chief of the No. 20 Xfinity Series team at JGR.
In Edwards first season at JGR, the Grubb-led crew scored two wins — Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway — seven top fives and 15 top-10 finishes. With the exception of earning three poles and finishing fifth in the 2015 standings, Edwards’s stats were nearly identical to his last season with Roush Fenway Racing.
NASCAR announced today that Robin Pemberton is leaving the organization at the end of the year...I have to wonder if he's been blamed for how poorly the Gen 6 has raced or something...seems a little weird considering NASCAR didn't name his replacement....looks like a bad blood sudden departure to me.
On Monday, Stewart-Haas Racing officially announced Mike Bugarewicz will oversee the No. 14 team for Stewart’s final Sprint Cup season. SHR has acquired Billy Scott from the recently dissolved Michael Waltrip Racing. He will guide the No. 10 Chevy and Danica Patrick in her third full season on the tour.
“We made these changes after thoroughly evaluating our program to ensure that all four of our teams are consistently strong and competitive,” said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. “In this business, you can’t rest and you can never be satisfied. You have to constantly improve. We feel these personnel changes enhance our strengths and shore up areas where we needed to be better.”
Most recently, Bugarewicz was Rodney Childers team engineer on the No. 4 championship crew with Kevin Harvick. After earning a BS and MS in mechanical engineering at Penn State, he moved to Roush Fenway Racing in 2005. He joined SHR as Childers built the No. 4 team following the 2003...
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