Elliott Sadler in the No. 19 Dodge will have a different voice in his ear today and a different man atop the pit box calling the shots.
After his normal crew chief, Kevin Buskirk, left Bristol Motor Speedway because he was feeling ill, Robbie Loomis steps in to the crew chief position.
Loomis is the Richard Petty Motorsports Executive Vice President of Race Operations. His job is to look over all crew chiefs within the organization.
Both Loomis and Sadler are former winners at Bristol, but not with each other.
“The big thing is figuring out what’s wrong with [Buskirk]—his wife is getting him checked out [by doctors] today,” Loomis said.. “We’ve got a great team over there. Everybody knows their role. Kevin Kidd is their engineer, and I’ll be there for any assistance and leaning on.”
Sadler starts in the 22nd position in the Food City 500 today. The green flag falls at about 2:15 PM on the Fox Network.
"We’ll be talking about it as a team, but I’ll be the voice on the radio,” Loomis said. “It will be fun. I’ve always liked Elliott. I’ve never worked with him. I’ll have to get that Virginia slang down pat.”