Crew chief change at RCR brings quick results

Danny Stockman, crew chief of the #27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet driven by Paul Menard, holds a press conference after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 29, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)
Danny Stockman, crew chief of the #27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet driven by Paul Menard, holds a press conference after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 29, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)
Danny Stockman, crew chief of the #27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet driven by Paul Menard, holds a press conference after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 29, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. – Crew chief Danny Stockman doesn’t have any difficulty finding motivation to elevate the performance at Richard Childress Racing.

“RCR as a whole—we don’t like to suck,” said Stockman, who has replaced Justin Alexander as crew chief on Paul Menard’s No. 27 Chevrolet, effective this week. “We have all the tools to do this right. We’ve got some new stuff that we have been working on as a company and everything–it’s never-ending.

“We’ve got to stay ahead of that curve. I feel like right now, like I said, I’m new and I’m scanning through the pictures after practice and walking through the garage here (at Pocono), eyeballs wide open, looking at everybody’s equipment. We have all the stuff. Our stuff is there. It’s competitive.”

Opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice did nothing to change Stockman’s opinion. Menard, who hasn’t had a top-five finish in 20 starts this season, topped the speed chart at 177.438 mph. He followed that up later Friday by qualifying third for Sunday’s race, his best starting spot in 82 races.

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