Daniel Suarez will have an interim crew chief beginning at Martinsville. Joe Gibbs Racing announced Wednesday that Suarez’s crew chief Dave Rogers would be taking a personal indefinite leave of absence from atop the pit box of the No. 19. Rogers became Suarez’s crew chief when the rookie moved up to the Cup Series in 2017 to replace Carl Edwards.
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.
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