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Roush Fenway Racing names new pit crew coach
Roush Fenway Racing has decided to reassign longtime pit crew coach Andy Ward, replacing him with Scott Bowen, a current RFR employee and an ex- pit crew member. Ward has been at RFR for many years and has produced some very good pit crews. The Jack Roush-owned organization did not have any drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this year. Roush Fenway Racing released the following statement regarding the move: "We continuously evaluate our race team operations at Roush Fenway, and as part of a mid-season restructuring we have implemented a change in the department structure with our pit crew teams. We have placed Scott Bowen, who previously was our head of purchasing, in charge of our pit crew operations. Scott is a longtime employee of Roush Fenway, and worked as an over-the-wall pit crew member for several years. We believe this change will prove beneficial in our continued effort to improve on-track performance." For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .
Changes made to Kevin Harvick's pit crew
Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick will have two new members going over the wall this weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Richmond for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Eric Maycroft will be the team's new front tire changer and Matt Holzbaur the new front tire carrier for the No. 4 team. They previously worked on the No. 10 team of Danica Patrick . Maycroft replaces front tire changer Tim Sheets while Holzbaur replaces front tire carrier Todd Drakulich, both of whom will move to the No. 10 team. SHR made the moves after Harvick criticized the team's pit work following Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway . "I'm over being a cheerleader," Harvick said after his second-place finish. "Those guys get paid a lot of money to perform on pit road. Cheerleading hasn't been working so you have to get after them on pit road and do your job." Harvick led 214 of the race's 367 laps but lost positions on pit road on several occasions, leaving the 2014 series champion to make up the lost ground on the race track. He was out front when the caution flag appeared for contact between AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Blaney on Lap 279 but restarted the race in 12th when an air gun failure led to a lengthy pit stop. "Y'all obviously don't want to (expletive) win or something," Harvick told his team on the radio after the incident. Informed an equipment issue was the culprit, Harvick replied "Heard that for three years." Told to "do the best" he could to make up the lost track position, Harvick responded: "Been doing that all (expletive) night." Harvick, a winner this season at Phoenix and Bristol, has already clinched one of the 16 Chase spots. Crew chief Rodney Childers told NASCAR.com after the Darlington race that his crew "had great stops all night and we had one stop that was just a little bit off and when you have one that's a little bit off it's kind of like a mental breakdown." "The guys have to forget about that one and move on," he added. Saturday's race is the final regular-season event for Sprint Cup Series teams. The 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup gets underway next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway .
College athletes join NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) – NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced nine former college student-athletes selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Crew Member Development Program. The new class of participants received invitations to train with Rev Racing following standout performances at the first national D4D pit crew combine in May. Multicultural athletes starring in football, basketball and softball at the college level will receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining fulltime employment with NASCAR national series race teams. "We've assembled a very talented group of athletes who we believe has what it takes to excel on pit road in NASCAR," said Jim Cassidy, senior vice president of racing operations. "Each D4D participant will benefit from Rev Racing's best-in-class training program, and we look forward to watching them grow and develop over the next 12 months." This year NASCAR and Rev Racing revamped the crew member scouting process, hosting tryouts at six universities across the country. Eighteen men and women from 12 states and one U.S. territory were selected to compete in the national combine in Concord, N.C. Half earned invitations to join the D4D pit crew program. "We are very excited for the arrival of the new 2016 Drive for Diversity pit crew recruits," said Max Siegel, owner and CEO of Rev Racing. "With the national combine and recruitment effort this past year, we were able to select the top level of athletic talent. We look forward to training these individuals and placing them along pit road in the national series. Our academy-style approach to training continues to show success year after year; this class will not fall short." Among the new D4D participants are three former football players from the University of Kansas, one of the schools to host tryouts. Appalachian State's Jeremy Kimbrough, who spent time with the Washington Redskins, and Joshua Tate, an All-American at Clark Atlanta University, are also looking to transition from the gridiron to NASCAR. A pair of female athletes in former Norfolk State, basketball player Brehanna Daniels and former Alcorn State University softball player Breanna O'Leary, will train as tire changers under the tutelage of Phil Horton, Rev Racing's director of human performance. There are 35 graduates of the D4D Crew Member Development Program currently working in NASCAR. Three alums – Raphael Diaz, Kevin Richardson and Richie Williams – celebrated in Victory Lane as members of Chris Buescher 's pit crew after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won his first premier series race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 1. Last November, Diaz and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Mike Russell became the first D4D graduates to win a national series championship when Buescher clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. The new members of the D4D Crew Member Development Program include: First Last Hometown University Primary Sport Brehanna Daniels Norfolk, Va. Norfolk State University Basketball Kapil Fletcher Fort Lauderdale, Fla. University of Kansas Football Tedarian Johnson Jackson, Miss. University of Kansas Football Jeremy Kimbrough Decatur, Ga. Appalachian State University Football Corey King Boca Raton, Fla. University of Kansas Football Lamar Neal Virginia Beach, Va. Norfolk State University Football Breanna O'Leary Amarillo, Texas Alcorn State University Softball Jorden Paige Buffalo, N.Y. Clark Atlanta University Football Joshua Tate Memphis, Tenn. Clark Atlanta University Football The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, under the leadership of Rev Racing , supports both crew member and driver development opportunities. Driver graduates include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson , and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr . For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit www.NASCARDiversity.com .
No. 24 pit crew shows off recent improvements
It's easy to criticize a driver, pit crew , or crew chief when performance doesn't meet expectations and you see a loss slip away. That was the case for driver Chase Elliott and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team this past weekend in Michigan. The silver lining? The pit crew did its job on the last stop and helped Elliott take the lead from Kyle Larson . The restart -- well, that's not our subject of expertise. The No. 24 has gone through some rough stretches over the last year, and changes were made at multiple positions. Adding new people and giving new roles to existing personnel have been moves made to help improve performance. This weekend was set up to be a reflection of their hard work. Things just didn't work out in the end. Elliott said it best after the race. "My guys did such a good job today of making the most of pit road. That was the only place you could make a large sum of ground in a short period of time. They did exactly what I asked them to do. I said, 'You guys are going to have to bail me out here, I messed up.' (And) they did. Elliott was referring to losing the lead to Larson on the track and then taking it back on pit road. The No. 24 is still in the Chase with two races to go, and if you're a No. 24 fan, it's a good sign to see the pit crew starting to peak at the right time. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .
Edwards considers sixth-place finish 'a gift' after pit -road penalty
Carl Edwards speaks to his pit -road violation in the closing laps of the race and what his No. 19 team was able to do for a sixth-place finish.
Dale Jr. will be on the No. 88 pit box at Dover
RELATED: Full schedule for Dover and Las Vegas Jeff Gordon isn't the only member of Hendrick Motorsports returning to the track this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr . will also be at Dover International Speedway , but in a much different capacity. Earnhardt Jr. said Monday on "The Dale Jr. Download" podcast on Dirty Mo Radio that he would be at Dover on Saturday and Sunday, and would sit on the No. 88 pit box on race day. Gordon returns as the substitute driver. "It's going to be kind of different, tough, maybe not a ton of fun," Earnhardt Jr. said. "It's a bit weird to be not in the car but at the track when you're a driver. You don't know what to do with yourself. But I'm going to try to support the guys and maybe learn a thing or two. "It's going to be different, but we'll see how it goes." Gordon, who retired following the 2015 season, has driven in six races this year in place of Earnhardt Jr. The four-time premier series champion will split time with Alex Bowman in the No. 88 for the remainder of the season. Earnhardt Jr. also provided an update on his recovery from a concussion. He said he had another evaluation with his doctor last week and continues to make progress. "The only thing that triggers the symptoms is going somewhere I'm unfamiliar, somewhere I've never been … somewhere where it's busy," Earnhardt said. "If I can find a busy place, if I go with (fiancée) Amy (Reimann) to the grocery store … that's basically rehab. "(But) it's getting better. My doctors talk about getting me back to where I can be a normal person, and then there's getting me back to being a race car driver. I'm almost back … to being a normal, functioning person with no issues. To become that guy I need to be inside the car, we really have to train my senses to be perfect." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Fan mistakes crew chief Ives for his driver Bowman
With 40 drivers starting any given Sprint Cup Series race, 40 corresponsing crew chiefs and a sea of other crew members, there are a lot of faces for NASCAR fans to remember. Sometimes they mix them up. A fan learned the hard way on Monday morning that she did not meet 23-year-old Alex Bowman , fill-in driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , site of the second Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Instead, it was Bowman's tall, lanky, 37-year-old crew chief, Greg Ives. Bowman, who was tagged in the since-deleted tweet, was quick to point out that it was actually Ives in the photos, not him. lol that's actually my crew chief @Ives_Greg https://t.co/Z3txMPFPVK — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) September 26, 2016 And fellow driver Landon Cassill was quick to point out that Bowman wasn't typical Bowman-like behavior, anyway. @AlexBRacing @Ives_Greg @meganparrott10 yeah Alex would never do that — landon cassill (@landoncassill) September 26, 2016
Inside Access Miss Sprint Cup: #17 Pit Crew
Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon follows the No. 17 crew as they compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pit Crew Challenge .
Biffle and Stewart make contact on pit road
Greg Biffle gets into the back of Tony Stewart on pit road sending Stewart around and forcing his team to pit his car backwards.
Zipadelli explains the pit call, NASCAR's need to throw the caution
Stewart-Haas Racing's VP of Competition, Greg Zipadelli explains the pit call that cost the No. 4 team a lap after a caution flag for an uncontrolled tire.