Obaika Racing announces that David Starr will drive their number 97 VroomBrands Toyota in the upcoming race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Hendrick Motorsports announces that it will change the crew chief lineup for two of the organization’s four teams in 2019. After seven titles and 17 years together, Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus will be splitting up. Kevin Meendering will take over for Knaus atop the 48 team’s pit box in 2018. Knaus will move over to the 24 team with driver William Byron and Byron’s current crew chief, Darian Grubb, will move into a leadership role at Hendrick.
Leavine Family Racing announces it has signed Matt DiBenedetto to a two year contract and the team will switch from Chevrolet to Toyota starting in 2019. The move to Toyota also includes technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing. It will be a two year contract with Toyota with a third year option. In addition, the team announces that Regan Smith will drive for the team through the end of the season as replacement for Kasey Kahne.
Kasey Kahne announces that he has not been medically cleared to return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. Kahne, suffering from extreme heat exhaustion, will be retiring at year’s end and this effectively ends his 15-year Cup career. Continue reading “Kahne Not Medically Cleared To Return In 2018”
Joe Gibbs Racing announces that crew chief Scott Graves has left the organization effective immediately. Graves had been working with driver Daniel Suarez, instead Dave Rogers steps into that role for the six remaining races in 2018. Continue reading “Graves Out As Suarez Crew Chief”