Dave Rogers takes ‘indefinite’ leave from Joe Gibbs Racing, Scott Graves named crew chief on No. 19

Dave Rogers has 18 wins as a crew chief at the Cup level, including 13 with Kyle Busch from the end of 2010-2014 seasons; three others came with Carl Edwards and two with Denny Hamlin. (Getty Images)

Joe Gibbs Racing announced late Wednesday that crew chief Dave Rogers will be stepping away from the No. 19 Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez effective immediately for an “an indefinite period of time.”

The team made the announcement in a short press release that named Scott Graves as crew chief.  The team said a new permanent crew chief for the No. 18 Xfinity series team which Graves is vacating will be named at a later date.

Graves and Suarez have worked together before; the pair won the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. Graves was crew chief for Chris Buescher for his championship season the year prior.

Rogers was most recently crew chief for Carl Edwards.  Edwards stepped away from NASCAR at the end of last season. Overall Rogers has 18 wins as a crew chief at the Cup level, including 13 with Kyle Busch from the end of 2010-2014 seasons; three others came with Edwards and two with Denny Hamlin.

Suarez is in his rookie season in the Cup series. He has two top-10 finishes, both seventh places, in the last two races.

 

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