CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joe Gibbs Racing is making a crew chief change for Denny Hamlin.
Crew chief Mike Ford told The Associated Press the team informed him Tuesday he won't be back with Hamlin next season. The move was presumably made so JGR can pursue championship-winning crew chief Darian Grubb.
Grubb was let go at the end of the season despite leading Tony Stewart to the Sprint Cup championship.
Ford had been with Hamlin since Hamlin's 2006 rookie season. He guided Hamlin to 17 victories and a spot in the Chase for the championship in all six seasons.
Hamlin nearly dethroned Jimmie Johnson in the 2010 title race, but fell short in the season finale.
The No. 11 team dropped considerably this season, with Hamlin winning one race and finishing ninth in points.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

Advertisement

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Odds to win the Daytona 500 @ Daytona International Speedway
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88 +600
Brad Keselowski #2 +750
Kevin Harvick #4 +1000
Kyle Busch #18 +1000
Joey Logano #22 +1000

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail NASCAR Championship Odds As the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Season is set to begin later next month, here is the latest odds to win the season championship.
Thumbnail Can Dale Jr. win in 2017? After missing a large chunk of the 2016 season due to a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is ready to go for 2017. Can he be a championship...
Thumbnail Edwards steps away from NASCAR In a surprising move this week, Carl Edwards has chosen to leave NASCAR and step away from his racing career.