Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that starting at the Nov. 8 Sprint Cup Series race in Texas, Dave Rogers will replace Steve Addington as crew chief for Kyle Busch and the No.18 M&M's Toyota.
After Busch missed this seasons Chase for the Sprint Cup rumors began to circulate that Addington's job might not be secure and that Joe Gibbs Racing was looking to reorganize the company for 2010.
Busch finished fourth this past weekend at Martinsville and will have one more race with Addington as crew chief, Talladega this weekend. The duo won at the track in April of last season.
Rogers will then take over the following week in Texas and JGR says that Addington will be "reassigned to a position within the company."
J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, said in a statement released by the company, "We evaluate all of our teams on an ongoing basis and believe this is a change that will make the 18 team stronger as we prepare for next season."
"We think highly of Steve and the job he has done and we look forward to him remaining a part of the JGR family."
Rogers joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 1998 and spent six years working with Greg Zippideli and the No.20 team in the Cup Series with driver Tony Stewart. Rogers was apart of the team when they won the 2002 Sprint Cup Championship.
In 2005, he became crew chief of the No. 11 driven then by Jason Leffler, before he being replaced by Mike Ford. Leffler was replaced by Denny Hamlin a year later.
Rogers went to work in the Gibbs engineering department and in 2006 moved to the Nationwide Series program for the company.
Currently, he's the crew chief of the No. 20 Nationwide Series team and has guided JGR driver Joey Logano to all six of his Nationwide Series wins, most recently two weeks ago in California.
Rogers also worked with many other drivers that has stepped behind the wheel of the No.20 car when Logano gets the weekend off, and was still able to guide JGR to an owners championship in 2008, as well as 20 wins over the last two seasons.
He was also involved, and confessed to be apart of, the JGR magnet scandal after Michigan last year. Both the No.18 and No.20 cars were found to have magnets under the gas pedals in order to give a false reading to NASCAR's dyno tests.
After being suspended indefinitely by NASCAR he and fellow crew chief Jason Ratcliff were both reinstated before the start of the 2009 season, and has helped Logano to five victories this season, four of which came by beating Kyle Busch.
Now he'll move back into the Sprint Cup Series as Busch's crew chief.
"Dave has proven himself a talented crew chief and we think he will work well with Kyle. We hope that by making the move following this weekend's race at Talladega they can use the final three weeks of this season to begin working on communication and setups for the 2010 season," say J.D. Gibbs.
No word on how this will affect Roger's duties in the Nationwide Series.
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