By Amanda Vincent
Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was without crew chief Matt Puccia during an abbreviated practice at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s AAA 300. Puccia’s status for Sunday still is unknown.
Puccia didn’t arrive at the track with the race team earlier in the weekend, as he was with wife, Alyssa, who gave birth to Kennedy Harper Puccia on Friday.
“The great thing about it is we’ve got a solid team, and it’s not early in the season, so we’ve got a good, solid program together,” Biffle said. “We would definitely miss Matt making all the decisions calling the race. One thing I already noticed is I pulled out on the track, and I looked down and realized I hadn’t turned my gear fan on yet. He’s the guy that’s like, ‘Okay, I need your gear fan on,’ and things like that, so you miss stuff that you’re used to peopole doing when they’re not here, so I’ve noticed a couple of little things already with him not being here.”
Roush Fenway Racing Manager Kevin Kidd fulfilled crew chief duties Friday and Saturday and will serve as crew chief during Sunday’s race if Puccia does not arrive at the track.
“My approach, basically, is just to allow the guys who have prepared all week for this to do their jobs,” Kidd said. “I’m trying not to get in the way. There are a bunch of smart guys on this race team and, really, the role I’m trying to do is just direct traffic and manage the overall team, but I’m not getting too spun out on chassis changes and things like that. I’m letting the smart guys handle all of that.”
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