Stewart-Haas Racing made modifications to Kevin Harvick’s boxing staff earlier than Sunday’s cup race at Nashville Superspeedway (17:00 ET on NBC), the staff confirmed.
The transfer got here after Harvick’s crucial feedback on the boxing staff within the final two races. The previous cup champion would be the final place within the play-behind behind his teammate Aric Almirola with seven factors. There are ten extra competitions left within the common season.
“We now have to win the race,” staff chief Rodney Childers advised NBC Sports activities. “We now have a sense that in the event you do not win the race, it’s possible you’ll not be capable to make it to the playoffs. You may’t actually hand over many locations on the pit lane and nonetheless attempt to win the race.
Daniel Coffey would be the Harvick’s entrance tire changer. Brandon Banks is the staff’s new jackman. Daniel Smith (rear tire changer), Jeremy Howard (tire service) and Evan Marchal (tanker) stay on the staff.
Coffey and Banks are each from teammate Chase Briscoe’s boxing staff. Briscoe has received, main him to the playoffs.
Shayne Pipala, who was the entrance tire changer for the Harvick staff, will be part of the Briscoe staff. Stan Doolittle, who had been a jack on the Harvick staff, will transfer to Cody Ware’s Rick Ware Racing Workforce No. 51. Stewart-Haas Racing will provide boxing groups for RWR.
One other change is that Matthew Schlytter will take over the Briscoe staff. Most not too long ago, he was on the Ware automobile upkeep staff.
Harvick’s frustration along with his boxing staff’s efficiency has grown in current weeks.
After fourth place in Sonomas two weeks in the past, Harvick targeted on the boxing staff’s struggles, saying, “We had at the very least a catastrophic failure on the pit lane as soon as every week and we obtained again so far as we might. That is what it’s, I believe.”
Requested what he wanted to get a greater end, Harvick stated, “One thing that wasn’t a 20-second boxing cease.”
His final boxing cease in Sonoma was 22 seconds, in keeping with Racing Insights. He had run third earlier than the final boxing cease. He was seventh after the boxing cycle.
He additionally expressed his disappointment with the staff after ending third within the Coca-Cola 600: “We went again 5 occasions due to dangerous boxing stops… and we went again once more.