Crew chief Dave Rogers will take indefinite personal leave from Joe Gibbs Racing, the team announced via press release Wednesday evening. Rogers, who helmed the No. 19 Toyota driven by rookie Daniel Suarez in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, also has worked with JGR drivers Carl Edwards (2016), Denny Hamlin (2015) and Kyle Busch (2010-2014). Edwards unexpectedly retired after the 2016 season, leaving the seat open for Suarez to move up. Rogers will be replaced by Scott Graves, who had been working atop the pit box for the No. 18 Xfinity Series team. JGR did not provide further information or the reason for the leave. The team said it would announce Graves' replacement later. Rogers has been
Steve Letarte, who will be on NASCAR America from 5:30 – 7 p.m. ET today on NBCSN, joins Nate Ryan and Dustin Long in discussing key subjects in NASCAR in this week’s Bump & Run. Steve Letarte: I think it’s frustrating to him, apparently, to continue to have to answer that question. I think he had to answer that question last year as well and last year turned out OK. It’s going to be interesting to see the lack of stage performance, if that haunts the 48 and Jimmie Johnson more than last year because there was really no negative to not performing in the first half of the year. I think his performance in Miami last year, I took it as he thought it should have bought him a little bit of leeway
While Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson didn't break any rules by not trying to qualify at Fontana, Jeff Burton says for the good of the sport and for the fans he should have tried to qualify.