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NASCAR Cup: Darian Grubb named William Byron’s 2018 crew chief

Darian Grubb (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Darian Grubb (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Veteran crew chief Darian Grubb will be the crew chief for 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie William Byron on the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team next year, according to an announcement from the race team Wednesday morning.

“This is our last major piece of the puzzle for next season,” HMS owner Rick Hendrick said. “Darian is an all-around terrific person and a proven winner. The experience and leadership he brings will be a difference-maker for William and everyone on the team. He has a clear vision for the future and already is plugged in with our other crew chiefs. He’s a great fit.”

Grubb recently was named crew chief of the No. 5 HMS team of Kasey Kahne in the Cup Series for the final handful of races in 2017. Byron will replace Kahne as the driver next season and the race car’s number will be changed from 5 to 24, as the number of the existing No. 24 team will change to 9 to reflect the family NASCAR history of that team’s driver Chase Elliott next year.

Grubb became crew chief on the No. 5 team in September, replacing Keith Rodden.

Grubb has 23 wins as a Cup Series crew chief and led Tony Stewart to his third Cup championship in 2011 during his time with Stewart-Haas Racing.

“I have so much respect for Darian and everything he’s accomplished in this sport,” Byron said. “There aren’t many people with a resume like his, and I will definitely tap into that knowledge from day one. He knows how to win races and win championships. To have that kind of person leading the No. 24 team gives me a ton of confidence about what we can all do together.”

Grubb’s first stint with Hendrick Motorsprots began in 2003 as a race engineer on the No. 48 team of Jimmie Johnson. He was Johnson’s crew chief for four races in 2006. The No. 48 won two of those four races. His first full season as a Cup crew chief came in 2007 at Hendrick Motorsports with Casey Mears as driver.

Grubb moved to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 and also worked at Joe Gibbs Racing before returning to Hendrick Motorsports.

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