JTG Daugherty Racing makes crew chief change with Ryan Preece’s team

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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Eddie Pardue and Tristan Smith have switched places for Ryan Preece‘s team, JTG Daugherty Racing confirmed Friday.

Pardue, who had been an engineer, takes over as crew chief for Preece. Smith, who had been the crew chief, moves to an engineer role.

Preece, a Cup rookie, ranks 27th in points heading into Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC). He has one top-five finish and three top-10 results this season. His best finish this season is third at Talladega in April.