Osborne, who had served as Kenseth’s spotter the past four years, announced the move Tuesday on Twitter. Jason Hedlesky, who had been Carl Edwards‘ spotter, will spot for Kenseth this year.
Osborne also had served as Suarez’s spotter in the Xfinity Series. Osborne missed the first five Cup races last season as he recovered from injuries sustained when the car he was driving was struck by another car. Osborne suffered a compound fracture of his right leg that required nearly 25 screws. His wife suffered nine broken ribs and broke her right hip, shoulder and elbow. Osborne’s son suffered a partially collapsed lung, cracked sternum, concussion, broken nose and lost a few teeth.
N.C. State Highway Patrol cited the driver of the other car, Michael Dale Kellison, with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and having an open container in his vehicle. Kellison was to have had a court appearance Jan. 9, but snow and ice in North Carolina closed the courts that day. His case has been continued to Feb. 28.