BREAKING NEWS: Addington Gone As Kyle's Crew Chief

Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 02: Steve Addington, crew chief for the #18 M7M's Toyota, watches during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway on October 2, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Sirius Satellite Radio has reported that Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that Steve Addington has stepped down as crew chief of the No. 18 Toyota, effective after Talladega this weekend.

This move, like most moves at JGR was one of the worst kept secrets in the garage area.

It comes as no surprise as Kyle Busch's performance has gone way down over the second half of the 2009 season.

Nationwide Series crew chief, Dave Rogers, will replace Addington on the pit box of the No. 18 for the remainder of 2009, and for all of 2010.

This was a move I thought should have happened a lot sooner, after the struggles of the 18 car in the chase in 2008.

I personally saw the 18 put around with smoke coming out of the tail pipes for 60 laps at Dover, and instead of bringing the car in, and fixing the problem, he elected to keep Kyle out on the racetrack and have it blow up.

From that point on, I've been calling for Addington's job. And with the struggles in 2009, Jimmy Spencer on NASCAR Race Day started calling for it too.

We are going to see the performance pick up of the #18 from Texas on forward. Don't be surprised if he wins the race at Texas.

We all know Kyle can drive, and we all know how good Joe Gibbs Racing is. Addington was clearly the problem, and it will show at Texas.