Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick to swap pit crews

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday that Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart while switch pit crews prior to this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Chicagoland Speedway.  The team said the No. 14 (Stewart) team’s tire changers, tire carriers and jackmen would switch to the No. 4  (Harvick) team, and vice versa. The No. 14 crew were members of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series championship-winning team with driver Tony Stewart.

“We made this change in the best interests of the entire organization,” said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, Stewart-Haas Racing. “Our primary goal is to win races and championships, and this pit crew swap provides championship experience to the No. 4 team and continued race-winning experience to the No. 14 team.”

The No. 4 team and driver Kevin Harvick head into the opening race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup seeded sixth among the 16 driver/team combinations competing in this year’s Chase. MORE>>>

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