Daniel Suarez’s Crew Chief to take Leave of Absence
NO. 19 CREW CHIEF DAVE ROGERS TAKING PERSONAL LEAVE
Joe Gibbs Racing announced late Wednesday that crew chief Dave Rogers will step aside from his duties as crew chief leading rookie Daniel Suarez’s No. 19 Toyota team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, effective immediately.
The team issued a very brief statement — only two paragraphs long — saying that Scott Graves will assume the role of crew chief on Suarez’s team while Rogers will be gone for “an indefinite period of time.”
A new crew chief will be named at a later date for the No. 18 XFINITY Series team, where Graves had been.
Graves served as Suarez’s crew chief last year, and the duo won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. Prior to that, Graves was on the box for Chris Buescher’s championship season in 2015.
Suarez is coming off back-to-back seventh-place finishes and is ranked 19th in the season points standings.
Rogers has 18 victories as a crew chief at the Monster Energy Series level, including 13 with Kyle Busch from the end of 2010-2014 seasons. He collected two more leading Denny Hamlin’s efforts in 2015 and three more as Edwards’ crew chief in 2016, helping Edwards to a fourth-place showing in the 2016 Monster Energy Series championship.
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