RELATED: Full race results " See the 12 drivers who advanced Slated to roll off the grid ninth in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover, Martin Truex Jr . had to start from the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments on his No. 78 Chevrolet for Furniture Row Racing . Truex's car was on the grid during pre-race ceremonies when a NASCAR official was looking at the right rear wheel well and saw something they didn't like, according to NBCSN. The car had initially passed pre-race inspection. Truex's car was brought back to go through inspection and the team had to alter the rear opening. It took about 15 minutes, according to NBCSN. The car was rolled back onto the grid prior to pre-race ceremonies getting underway. The driver of the No. 78 rallied for an 11th-place finish, and he advanced to the Contender Round in the process -- although after the race, he was still perplexed by the ruling. "We didn't do anything the other teams don't do," Truex told NBCSN. "NASCAR tried to make an example out of us today for some reason."
Martin Truex Jr . who was originally starting in 9th position is now forced to start at the back of the field after having to make adjustments before the race.
RELATED: New manufacturer for Furniture Row As significant as Sunday's announcement that Furniture Row Racing would be fielding Toyota Camrys in 2016 was the fact the single-car Denver-based team would also be entering a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing – a relationship the likes of which JGR hasn't had since working with the Hall of Fame Racing team, a team which closed shop in 2009. And everyone involved – from FRR driver Martin Truex Jr . to JGR founder Joe Gibbs – is hopeful this new partnership will be a game changer for both organizations and the manufacturer, which is still pursuing its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. "It's time for me to take my career to the next level and being able to use the tools and have the communication from JGR, which I feel like can take us to the next level, I know the guys are super excited about this,'' Truex said this weekend after the team's official announcement at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . This is a return to Toyota for Truex , who drove them while competing for Michael Waltrip Racing from 2010-13. But, he said, he expects the technical support and communication between FRR and JGR to be more substantive than with the Waltrip team, noting his experience at MWR was that the teams did not work together on a major level. "When we were at MWR, we really didn't do much at all with JGR," Truex said. "So hopefully Toyota and TRD [Toyota Racing Development] helps knock that wall down and get that relationship similar to what we have with [Chevrolets] RCR this year. It was an open book. "We need to figure out how to make it work with them. I know they want it to work, and we need to make sure we make that happen." Team owner and namesake Joe Gibbs indicated this weekend he was excited about entering into a technical alliance, noting the compatibility, common goals and potential of the two organizations. "I think it will strengthen Toyota, it brings another high quality car and a driver that's had a heckuva year and a quality crew chief,'' Gibbs said. "We're still working through all the different ways we can work together. For us, it's pretty much, we won't have to change much at all. "We're still working through all the things we want to work together on. Some things we'll work together on and some will stand apart but in general we want to strengthen the Toyota family." Gibbs added he genuinely believed it would be a two-way street, that he expects his four-car team – including current championship-leading driver Matt Kenseth – to benefit as well. "What they bring is another crew chief [Cole Pearn] to help solve problems and he's obviously very good and then you've got a driver like Martin that's performing extremely well,'' Gibbs said. "Any time you get that, like in our situation, for example, having four cars. That fourth car is the one running the best right now. It's an example of working together and so by adding Martin and Cole it will strengthen us, too." Forming a bond between teams is a major trend in the industry now. As Truex said, FRR is currently in a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and among the two Chevy teams have three cars in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – including Truex . "I think it was more about strengthening Toyota, and that had a big influence on us,'' Gibbs said. "We want to do everything we can to help them. And selfishly looking at it, the fact other people have already done this. Almost all the other teams we compete against in this sport are part of some kind of alliance and you're aware of it. That's part of our decision, too. "I think [Furniture Row owner] Barney [Visser] and his team, they've been in this for 11 years and pretty solid. We're real comfortable working together and whatever we decide to share – that will be down the road – we realize in this sport, what we're doing most of the other teams have done before. "It's not like we're pioneers. Everyone else has already been doing this. This is just our first serious step at trying to do it."
Tony Stewart cuts a tire down after contact with Martin Truex Jr . at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Final practice recap " Final practice results Martin Truex Jr . topped the final Chicagoland Sprint Cup Series practice on Saturday with a top speed of 184.849 mph on Lap 1 of 35. Truex Jr . also led Saturday's earlier practice session. Brad Keselowski was second-fastest in the final session at the Illinois track (183.986 mph). Matt Kenseth (183.949 mph), Carl Edwards (183.799 mph) and Kyle Larson (183.723 mph) completed the top-five fastest drivers. Larson and Austin Dillon (183.020 mph) were the only non-Chase drivers in the top 10. Polesitter for Sunday's race Kevin Harvick was 14th-fastest (182.217 mph). The slowest Chase driver in the field was Joey Logano who came in as 23rd-fastest (180.886 mph). The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track Sunday at 3 p.m. ET for the myAFibRisk.com 400 (NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Practice 2 recap " Practice 2 results Martin Truex Jr . topped the second-to-last Sprint Cup Series practice on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway with a high speed of 183.312 mph. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver will start fourth in Sunday's race. Coming up short to the Furniture Row Racing driver was Denny Hamlin (182.389 mph). Jeff Gordon (181.830 mph), Austin Dillon (181.616 mph) and Brad Keselowski (181.580 mph) completed the top-five fastest drivers. Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr . (181.257 mph, seventh-place in practice) were the only two non-Chase drivers in the top 10. Polesitter for Sunday's race Kevin Harvick was 11th-fastest (180.977 mph). The slowest Chase driver in the field was Jamie McMurray , who came in 23rd (179.665 mph). The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track at 4:30 p.m. ET for final practice on NBCSN before Sunday's myAFibRisk.com 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr ., along with Aric Almirola and J.J. Yeley, are taking part in a two-day Goodyear tire test today and Tuesday at Kansas Speedway . The Hollywood Casino 400 , scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Kansas, marks the halfway point in this year’s 10-race Chase. It is also the second stop in the Contender Round of the elimination-style playoff. An open team test is scheduled at Kansas on Wednesday following the two-day Goodyear test. Johnson ( Hendrick Motorsports ) is a six-time Sprint Cup champion and enters this weekend's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway as the top-seeded driver in the 16-car field. Truex (Furniture Row) is making his third Chase appearance and his first since 2012. Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports ) is the Ford representative for the Goodyear portion of the test while Yeley and his BK Racing group is on hand as the Toyota-affiliated team. Almirola finished just outside the cutoff for making this year's Chase, failing to win a race and finishing 17 points behind Paul Menard ( Richard Childress Racing ) for the final spot. Only one more open test is currently on tap for teams this season under the NASCAR National Series Unified Testing Policy Schedule – October 14 at Phoenix International Raceway . It will take place following a two-day Goodyear tire test at Phoenix slated for Oct 12-13. Auto Club Speedway was scheduled to host the season's final test on Oct. 27-29, but that has been canceled.
RELATED: Truex : NASCAR making an example of us Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said Monday that Martin Truex Jr .'s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet was brought back to the laser-inspection area minutes before Sunday's AAA 400 because it was suspected that the side skirt had been manipulated -- and further inspection proved that to be true. "One of our officials noticed the side skirt of that car and thought it had perhaps been manipulated," O'Donnell told NASCAR.com on Monday. "We brought it back to the laser-inspection station and sure enough were able to prove out that it had been." The result was Truex Jr .'s crew had to work to fix the area and get it back up to code before rolling to the grid and starting from the back of the field because of "unapproved adjustments." Originally slated to start ninth in the final race of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , Truex rallied for an 11th-place finish and advanced to the Contender Round. After the race, Truex told NBCSN that "NASCAR tried to make an example out of us today for some reason." O'Donnell said every car goes through a vigorous pre-race inspection and part of that is the laser-inspection process that looks at every part of the car. In this case, he said, the car passed inspection, but when it was headed out to the grid an official noticed that the side skirt looked like it was manipulated. "We've got additional cameras and obviously our personnel who are looking at the cars prior to anyone taking the green flag," O'Donnell said. "It's unfortunate it happened to the 78, certainly had a good result in the race. But we'll continue to police that area in each race."
Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Dover International Speedway . 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick scored his spot in the Round of 12 in dramatic fashion by leading a career-best 355 laps and notching the 750th victory for manufacturer Chevrolet. 2. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Post-race, Busch said he was pleased with where his team finished, citing it had a second-place car, but also adding it had quite a bit of ground to make up to catch the "lightning-fast" No. 4 team. 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The final caution flag was a lucky break for Earnhardt, who took the opportunity to address a loose wheel. He then used a solid restart to slip past fellow Chase contender Jamie McMurray and punch his ticket to the next round. 4. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . "Nice work guys. Nothing to be ashamed of," McMurray radioed his team after just missing the cut for Round 2. For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 5. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was posting top-five lap times with 55 laps to go, but needed those remaining circuits to pick up seven spots and match his best Dover result. 6. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The decision to stop twice during the fifth caution period to ensure the No. 5 was full of fuel didn't hurt Kahne, who earned his seventh Dover top 10. 7. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth, already a Round 2 contender thanks to his Loudon victory, spent the remaining 125 laps on Sunday looking for more corner speed. 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse restarted 10th after the fifth caution flag, and he held on for his best Dover finish. 9 . Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson looked to play the spoiler when he moved into the top three in the final 100 laps, but a decision to stay out during the final caution flag hurt his chances. 10. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano advances to the next round of the Chase with his ninth Dover top 10. 11. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex , a Round 2 contender, climbed through the field after starting from the rear when NASCAR had a post-inspection issue with the flare on his side skirt. 12. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . " Man, it's never easy," Gordon told his team after a rough final restart. "I know that wasn't easy," spotter Eddie D'Hondt said. "But we did what we needed to" (to advance). For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 13. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle got sideways with 11 laps to go, but saved his car while running 15th . 14. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer recovered after dropping from eighth to 25th when he made an unscheduled stop on Lap 175 for a loose wheel. 15. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Crew chief Darian Grubb didn't want to risk the No. 19's spot in the next round of the Chase so he called his driver back down pit road during the sixth caution flag for a right-front tire issue. 16. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Around Lap 60, Keselowski was running 16th when he reported that his engine temperatures were dropping. He maintained and will compete in the second round of the Chase. 17. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . An issue with the left-front jack bolt caused Busch to lose ride height late in the race. The team corrected the issue but still had to make additional repairs during the Lap 374 stop under caution. 18. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin won the race off pit road after a four-tire stop during the competition caution, but his forward momentum was stalled because he was tagged for speeding. A second penalty sealed the deal, but he still advanced because he won Chicagoland. 19. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman earned the beneficiary pass after the third caution flag and managed to stay only one lap down as the race progressed. He advanced to the second round of the Chase. 20. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish and his team chased the handling of his No. 9 Ford all day, even as the track took on rubber. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team to help her No. 10 Chevy take off better around Dover's 1-mile oval. 22. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan, who fell off the lead lap by Lap 105, had previously told his team he was "too free on exit and pretty snug in the center." 23. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon's team made several chassis adjustments during the second half of the race to help him get into the corner better. 24. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was running 25th during the first half of Sunday's race when he was hooked in the right rear and saved his car from spinning on-track. 25. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard rolled off the grid 14th and almost immediately went backward as he watched his first Chase run fade. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart recently announced he'd retire from driving after 2016 to focus on ownership. But on Sunday, the driver of the No. 14 focused on pit strategy to improve his track position. 27. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier received the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but spent much of the race looking for mid-corner grip. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Like his teammate Brett Moffitt , Whitt discovered that his car improved around Dover as the 1-mile concrete oval took on rubber. 29. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was going too fast trying to get onto pit road when he spun up the track on Lap 311. 30. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland reported a tight-handling condition during the final 60 laps of Sunday's race, which his team worked to address. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Halfway through a fuel run when the fifth caution flag was waved, Bayne elected to take the wave-around like most cars one or more laps down. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman and his team continually made adjustments on the No. 7 Chevy throughout Sunday's race trying to find balance. 33. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Already three laps down and in 36th, Sorenson told his team that he was "just racing the track right now" when they informed him leader Kevin Harvick was bearing down. 34. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . "Holy crap," DiBenedetto said while running 37th on Lap 101 when he learned leader Kevin Harvick was on his bumper -- again. 35. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Long green-flag runs were a struggle Sunday for Yeley. 36. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Wise sustained minimal nose damage after making contact with Jeb Burton on Lap 3. 37. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . During the fifth caution flag, Annett reported that his entry was neutral and he couldn't pick up the gas when he wanted to. 38. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy rolled off the grid 36th in his Dover debut. 39. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Starting 43rd at the fast 1-mile oval made forward progress an immediate issue for Hill in his fourth Dover appearance. 40. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's fear that his engine was "letting go" was realized on Lap 372 and prompted the eighth caution flag. 41. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . A torn rear axle seal sidelined Johnson in his 500th Cup start and ended his quest for a seventh championship. 42. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt's lap times were improving as the track picked up rubber, but his car was "killed" when he blew a right-front and made hard contact with the wall to bring out the seventh caution flag. 43. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun on Lap 3 and cut a tire on Lap 192 to bring out the caution flag twice on Sunday.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated Chase grid " Series standings SHOP: Harvick gear DOVER, Del. -- By Jove, he's done it again! Forced to win at Dover International Speedway to keep his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hopes alive Sunday, Kevin Harvick did just that, dominating Sunday's AAA 400 to stave off elimination from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . In a virtual carbon copy of last year's Chase race at Phoenix, where the 2014 premier series champion had to win to advance to the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway , Harvick led 355 of 400 laps (a career best at any track) in winning for the third time this year and the 31st time in his career. "I think we're better than we were last year, just because of the experiences and things that we've had," Harvick said after the race. "I think when we look at everything that’s gone on over the last couple of years, it's just been a lot of fun. "So, it's just that never-quit attitude. That's what (team co-owner) Tony Stewart said when we went to Homestead last year. He said, 'Whatever you do, do not quit until they throw that checkered flag.' " Harvick won the race and secured his first Sprint Cup title by a half-second over Ryan Newman in the 2014 race. But there was one major difference between last year's must-win race and the one on Sunday. Phoenix is Harvick's best track. At Dover, on the other hand, he had never won before and had posted just four top-five finishes in 29 previous starts. As fast as Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was, however, none of the statistics mattered. After a restart with 24 laps left, he pulled away to a 2.639-second victory over Kyle Busch , who, likewise, secured a berth in the 12-driver Contender Round with his second-place finish. Nor did the stats help Jimmie Johnson , whose shocking ouster from the playoffs took place at the Monster Mile where he holds a record 10 victories. The six-time series champion pitted his No. 48 Chevrolet at Lap 104 and brought it to the garage shortly thereafter, with a failed rear axle seal. Johnson lost 36 laps while his team replaced the rear end housing and was credited with a 41st-place finish, leaving him 12 points shy of the Chase cutoff, which came down to a tiebreaker for the 12th and final spot between third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr . and fourth-place Jamie McMurray . Joining Johnson and McMurray on the Chase sidelines were Paul Menard (25th Sunday) and Clint Bowyer (14th), who, like Harvick, faced a win-or-bust scenario at the one-mile oval track. Narrowed to 12, the field for the Contender Round now includes Challenger Round winners Matt Kenseth (Chicago), Denny Hamlin (New Hampshire) and Harvick, as well as Carl Edwards , Martin Truex Jr ., Kurt Busch , Jeff Gordon , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch , Newman and Earnhardt Jr . But on Sunday, Harvick showed his hand as the speed horse in the Chase, just as he was last year. Harvick's car was fast last week at New Hampshire, but he ran out of fuel while leading with three laps left to create the must-win scenario at Dover. "Anytime you can go through moments like this and gain some momentum and prove to yourself that you can do things like this, there's no way you can't be stronger," Harvick said. "I'm just so proud of those guys and so proud of our fans and everybody for all their support all week. There it is -- stay the course." Kyle Busch conceded Harvick's victory was bad news for everyone else still in the Chase. "The way he ran today -- hell, yeah," Busch said. "That was a guy that we wanted to knock out. That's a guy that can win all these races, and you don't want to have to compete against a guy like that. "But that's why they're as good as they are, and they were last year's champion, so they're going to have an opportunity to continue on. We'll see what happens. There's still two more rounds to figure out who's going to make it to Homestead."
After the third race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway , PitTalks.com ranks the 16 Chase teams' pit crews. For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase . No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Carl Edwards Rank: 1 Wins: 2 -- Charlotte and Darlington Notes: This crew had an exceptional race in the pits. We usually wouldn't send a seventh-place team last week to first this week, but these guys laid down some very fast stops. They had an issue late in the race that brought the No. 19 down pit road, but we're hearing it was a car issue, not a crew misstep. No. 22 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Joey Logano Rank: 2 Wins: 3 -- Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol Notes: After a struggle last week on a few stops, this crew was on fire at Dover. It gained spots on five of the six pit sequences and helped keep the No. 22 up front all day. No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kevin Harvick Rank: 3 Wins: 2 -- Las Vegas and Phoenix Notes: This team did everything it needed to do to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase. The pressure this crew was under was huge, and team members were in a situation where mistakes weren't tolerated. They had fast stops all day and have earned the third spot. No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kurt Busch Rank: 4 Wins: 2 -- Richmond and Michigan Notes: This has been a top team all year and it continued to put up good times at Dover. The stops weren't as fast as the top two teams in Dover, but they were still very good. Late in the race the car entered pit road with problems on the left front, but that wasn't on the crew. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Denny Hamlin Rank: 5 Wins: 2 -- Martinsville, (Sprint All-Star Race), Chicago Notes: The first stop of the day was blistering for this crew: sub 11 seconds. But after two speeding penalties it seemed the wind was taken out of the team's sails. We still wouldn't bet against them when the race is on the line ... it just wasn't this weekend. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Matt Kenseth Rank: 6 Wins: 5 -- Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire Notes: Dover wasn't a great race for the No. 20 nor was it a bad one. The crew made adjustments on the back of the car during the second stop and lost a few spots, but after that it was solid for most of the day. This team wasn't as dominant as last week but was still fast. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Kyle Busch Rank: 7 Wins: 4 -- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis Notes: Landing in the seventh spot this week is the good ol' No. 18 car. What a drama-filled two weeks for these guys! They seem to be handling it well. Their stops looked fast, and Josh Leslie has stepped in nicely for Nick Odell. We see this team only getting faster during the next round. No. 2 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Brad Keselowski Rank: 8 Wins: 1 -- Fontana Notes: This crew didn't do enough to gain on the top seven, but was good enough to hold onto eighth. Even with a change in the rear changers three weeks ago, this team keeps getting better. In order to help the No. 2 car advance to the next round, they must continue to improve. No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Ryan Newman Rank: 9 Wins: 0 Notes: Newman is in the Contender Round of the Chase, and he had no problems on pit road that would have kept him out. Sometimes that is what is asked of the pit crew: don't make mistakes. We can't fairly say how fast their stops were. So with that, they stay hunkered down at No. 9. No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jeff Gordon Rank: 10 Wins: 0 Notes: Nick Odell joined the No. 24 this week only one week after being released from JGR. The crew seemed to be OK, but we didn't see much that would push us to move it up from the past two weeks. No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Martin Truex Jr . Rank: 11 Wins: 1 - Pocono Notes: The No. 78 has seen better days but did what it took to advance. On the fourth sequence, it lost a spot and lost two more on pit stop No. 6. They're a scary crew because they can put up very low times, but the inconsistency is what keeps them near the bottom of the power rankings. No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Rank: 12 Wins: 2 -- Talladega and Daytona Notes: This crew can't seem to catch a break. Toward the end of last week a change was announced and front changer Scott Brzozowski was taken off the No. 24 and put on the No. 88. They had a loose wheel on Stop 2 and had another potential wheel coming loose before the last caution. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com