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NASCAR Cup: Darian Grubb returns to crew chief duty at Hendrick Motorsports

Darian Grubb (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Darian Grubb (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Darian Grubb will be Kasey Kahne’s crew chief on the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the remaining nine races of the 2017 season, according to an announcement Monday from Hendrick Motorsports. Grubb replaces Keith Rodden.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team for the rest of the season,” Grubb. “I enjoy competing in a playoffs environment, and we have tremendous resources at Hendrick Motorsports to pull from. I’m ready to get started this weekend.”

The team’s crew chief beyond the end of the 2017 season has not been determined. Kahne won’t be with the team next year, as he’ll be replaced by William Byron.

Grubb’s current stint with HMS began in 2016 as Vehicle Production Director and, then, as Director of Competition Systems. He previously was with Hendrick Motorsports from 2003 until 2008, holding positions including lead race engineer, Engineering Manager and crew chief for former HMS driver Casey Mears. He also filled in as an interim crew chief for suspended crew chief Chad Knaus for a handful of races.

In the time between, Grubb was a crew chief for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing and Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards at Joe Gibbs Racing. He was Stewart’s crew chief at SHR in 2011 when Stewart won his third and final Cup Series title. In all, Grubb has 23 wins in 286 races as a Cup Series crew chief.

“Darian is an extremely talented and experienced crew chief,” Hendrick Motorsports President Marshall Carlson said. “Having been back with us for more than 20 months, he knows all of our people and processes. There’s no one more prepared to hit the ground running at this point in the year.”

Rodden remains under contract to Hendrick Motorsports, so he is expected to be reassigned within the organization.

The No. 5 team has one top-five and three top-10 finishes in the first 27 points-paying races of the 2017 season, including a win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a result of that win, Kahne is among the 16 drivers in the 10-race playoffs.

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