Stewart-Haas Racing Makes Changes to 2016 Crew Chief Lineupby Kyle Pokrefky November 30, 2015 0 comments
Stewart-Haas Racing have made adjustments to its crew chief lineup ahead of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
While the driver lineup of Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart will remain intact for next year, two new crew chiefs will join the organization ahead of its eighth Sprint Cup season.
Michael Bugarewicz will join the operation as the new crew chief for driver/owner Stewart, replacing Chad Johnston as crew chief of the No. 14 Chevrolet.
Bugarewicz moves to the No. 14 team’s crew chief position from a race engineer position on the organizations’s championship-winning No. 4 team. Before joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Bugarewicz worked at Roush Fenway Racing for eight years and served as a race engineer on the No. 17 team for drivers Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2016 will serve as Bugarewicz’s first as a crew chief in any of the three national series.
Billy Scott will move to Stewart-Haas Racing as the crew chief for Patrick’s No. 10 team and comes to the organization from the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing.
Scott served as crew chief for the No. 55 and No. 15 teams since 2014 with drivers Clint Bowyer, Brett Moffitt, David Ragan, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip delivering Scott four top-fives and 18 top-10s as a crew chief in 69 starts.
Scott is to replace Daniel Knost, who will move up to a senior leadership position within the Stewart-Haas organization.
No changes were made to the crew chief lineups for the No. 4 and No. 41 teams.
Rodney Childers and Tony Gibson will respectively return to each team as the crew chiefs for respective drivers Harvick and Busch.
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