Stewart-Haas Racing looking for consistency with crew chief swap

Danica Patrick prepares to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick prepares to  practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick prepares to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Stewart-Haas Racing announced coming into the weekend at Martinsville Speedway that there would be a crew chief swap among two of its teams after Sunday’s Goody’s 500.  Crew chief’s Daniel Knost and Tony Gibson will swap teams heading into the Texas race.  Gibson will leave the No. 10 car with driver Danica Patrick and take over the crew chief duties on the No. 41 Chevy and driver Kurt Busch.  Knost leaves Busch for Patrick,

Friday prior to the first NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Martinsville, Greg Zipadelli, director for competition for Stewart-Haas Racing talked about the changes. Zipadelli said they were looking for one thing when the decision was made to make the swap.

“We are just basically looking to try to get both teams to be a little more consistent,” he said.MORE>>>

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