By AMANDA VINCENT
Matt Kenseth will have a different interim spotter for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway as regular spotter, Chris Osborne, continues to recover from injuries sustained in a December auto accident. Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed to NBC Sports that Curtis Markham will be Kenseth’s crew chief at Atlanta. Lorin Ranier served as Kenseth’s spotter throughout Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, including in the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race and official 2016 season-opening Daytona 500.
Markham has been a spotter with a JGR team before. He was previously a spotter for Denny Hamlin on the No. 11 Toyota team.
According to the NBC Sports report, the plan already was for Markaham to assume interim spotter duties for Osborne at Atlanta. The choice to enlist Ranier for Daytona came as a result of Ranier’s most recent experience spotting at a superspeedway.
Osborne suffered a compund fracture in his right leg. He underwent surgery that included inserting almost 25 screws between his kneecap and ankle. A return date has not yet been determined.
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