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Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:53 pm

Joe Gibbs Racing is making a crew chief change for #11-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 [formerly of #14-Tony Stewart].(Associated Press), no word on Mike Ford's plans.(12-6-2011)

Maybe Tony can go get Mike Ford for Ryan Newman! (I can wish, cant I?)
Hey Ford has sorta worked with Ryan during the plate races when him & Denny were hooked up :)

I'll tell you this. JGR isnt afraid to make changes to high end Crew chiefs. 1st swapped out Addington for Rogers. Addington had won more races than anyone not named Knaus at the time, & now switching out Ford. Crazy to think how highly successful CC's are being replaced & Gibson still maintains his job!

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:05 pm

Guess it's the year of the crew chief swap (something like a chineese new year).
Daytona hasn't rolled around yet & I'm sure there's more news out there yet to be told. Seems like it's the most switchingest year ever.

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:03 pm

ahhh Beat me to it i think Ford would be good for Ryan.

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:07 pm

I guess this does not surprise me very much. Not sure if Darian will go to JGR.

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:12 pm

Darian was touring JGR today

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:04 pm

haha told ya.....mentioned that in another blog the other day.....guess the rumors was true....



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Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:09 pm

Interesting for sure.... Silly season is far from over!

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:54 pm

classic_chevy wrote:Darian was touring JGR today


I guess it is happening since he met with Coach out in Vegas and now toured the facility today.

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:25 pm

now watch. they will bring in Ford for Danica & I will really flip out!!!! :roll:
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Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:11 pm

lets be real, if ryan was going to get a new CC he would have gotten one by now, you cant sit around all winter and expect to have a good CC and jell....

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:22 pm

michaeljohn wrote:lets be real, if ryan was going to get a new CC he would have gotten one by now, you cant sit around all winter and expect to have a good CC and jell....

I dont want to be honest. I want to be wishful!
Otherwise I plan on hating Tony Stewart next year. Yeah thats right I said the H word!!!

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:50 pm

Isnt it going to be tough to get a CC and crew for Danica being only PT?

A friend said he heard that Tony was looking for a skeleton crew as he would have to pay them for the full yr anyway to get them? Makes me think running a PT schedule is a tough thing for any Team or crew?

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:18 pm

racer1 wrote:Isnt it going to be tough to get a CC and crew for Danica being only PT?

A friend said he heard that Tony was looking for a skeleton crew as he would have to pay them for the full yr anyway to get them? Makes me think running a PT schedule is a tough thing for any Team or crew?

They will just pull guys from a NW crew. They do double duty on some weekends for the cars that don't run fulltime in both series.

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:05 am

I would be happy to see Darian end up with a great job like that, Now if Denny has an awesome year next year I won't be so happy

Re: Wow! Didnt see this happening

Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:05 am

I had said after Denny's 2010 season that he would get a new CC...he has lost that lovin' feeling with Mike Ford.

Let's not forget SHR has a 3rd pit crew they can pull from when necessary.

Schmoop, I feel your pain regarding Ryan's obvious need for a change...but really??? The H word?? And during this time of year? You'll get coal in your stocking for sure
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