Todd Berrier will call strategy for Kyle Busch at Dover in place of Adam Stevens


In the absence of suspended crew chief Adam Stevens, Joe Gibbs Racing will use a committee approach for Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Former Sprint Cup crew chief Todd Berrier, who is JGR’s director of inspections, will call race strategy for Busch during Sunday’s race at Dover.

The team’s engineers will run Busch’s team during practices and qualifying Friday and Saturday.

Furniture Row Racing employed a similar setup for Martin Truex Jr.’s car at Phoenix International Raceway two months ago with Berrier handling race-day strategy in the absence of suspended crew chief Cole Pearn.

Stevens and front tire changer Josh Leslie were suspended for one race Wednesday after a violation of NASCAR’s revised lug nut rule was discovered in postrace inspection of Busch’s winning car from last Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

JGR confirmed Thursday afternoon that Brian Eastland will replace Leslie as the No. 18 front tire changer at Dover.