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Stewart-Haas Racing Swap Pit Crews Between #4 and #14 Teams

Stewart-Haas Racing Swap Pit Crews Between #4 and #14 Teams

by September 10, 2014 0 comments

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart will each have brand new pit crews debuting for their respective teams this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the MyAFibStory.com 400 – the first round of the 2014 Chase.

Stewart-Haas Racing announced today in a press release that the front tire changers, front tire carriers, rear tire changers, rear tire carriers, and jackmen of both teams would be flrswapped with the best interest of the team as a whole in mind. The change comes just five days before Kevin Harvick will begin his quest for his first Sprint Cup championship and Tony Stewart continues his pursuit of his first win of the season.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Vice President of Competition, Greg Zipadelli, confirmed that the move comes to best serve both the No. 4 and No. 14 teams ahead of Chicagoland.

“We made this change in the best interests of the entire organization,” Zipadelli stated. “Our primary goal is to win races and championships, and this pit crew swap provides championship experience to the No. 4 team and continued race-winning experience to the No. 14 team.”

The move by the Stewart-Haas organization comes as a response to several mistakes on pit road leading to a loss of track position in the pit lane for Harvick over the last several weeks. Following his fifth-place finish at Richmond, Harvick stated in his post-race press conference that the issues on pit road would have to be remedied in order to contend for the 2014 Sprint Cup championship.

” … It’s probably the biggest thing that we have to fix in order to contend for the championship,” Harvick said. “I think our cars are as fast as they need to be. The guys do a great job of bringing fast cars every week. It’s just one mistake after another every week on pit road. Hopefully they have a plan as to what they think they need to do in the shop with the two teams in the Chase, but that’s not my department.”

With a new pit crew servicing his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, Harvick will now head to Chicagoland – a track that he has won at twice. Stewart is also a former winner at Chicagoland, holding the record for the most wins at the track with wins coming in 2004, 2007, and 2011.

Kyle Pokrefky
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