JTG Daugherty Racing announced Monday its driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Cup Series season, which will see Ricky Stenhouse Jr. take over the No. 47 Chevrolet, while Ryan Preece moves over to the No. 37 Chevrolet.
Stenhouse, who joins the team from Roush Fenway Racing, will work with Brian Pattie, the crew chief he had for his final three seasons with Roush. Two of Pattie’s six Cup wins were with Stenhouse, but the duo failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons.
“I’m very grateful to have Brian join me at JTG Daugherty Racing next season,” Stenhouse Jr. said in a press release. “Working together the past several seasons, our relationship away from the track has really developed and I know that will speed up the process of getting familiar and plugged into the team as quick as possible. He knows what I’m looking for and I know what he expects from me. This team is a great fit for both of us, and we’re looking forward to contributing to the success JTG Daugherty Racing has been building.”
Preece, who drove the No. 47 in his rookie year with two crew chiefs, Tristan Smith (30 races) and Eddie Pardue (six races), will be paired with Trent Owens. Owens has helmed the No. 37 team the last three seasons.
He helped lead Chris Buescher to four top-10 finishes and 12 top-15 finishes in 2019, improving the team’s average finishing position from 21.0 to 17.8.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Trent Owens this upcoming season,” Preece said in a press release. “Our teams worked closely together in 2019. It was impressive to see what he’s done with the No. 37 team the last three years. I really want to continue building on that and bringing both cars into the top 15 regularly next year.”
Four NASCAR Cup crew chiefs have been fined $10,000 each for lug nut violations discovered after Sunday’s playoff race at Martinsville Speedway.
Those penalized are:
* Chad Knaus, crew chief for the No. 24 Chevrolet driven by William Byron.
* Adam Stevens, crew chief for the No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch.
* Brian Pattie, crew chief for the No. 17 Ford driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
* Jeremy Bullins, crew chief for the No. 12 Ford driven by Ryan Blaney.
Also penalized was Team Penske crew member Dave Nichols Jr., who was involved in the post-race scuffle between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano and their respective teams. Nichols Jr. has been suspended from Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.
There were no other penalties issued.
Brian Pattie, crew chief on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s No. 17 Ford, will not return to Roush Fenway Racing next year, the team confirmed to NBC Sports.
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Claire B. Lang first reported the news.
Pattie has been with Roush Fenway since 2016 when he was crew chief for Greg Biffle. He’s been paired with Stenhouse the last three seasons.
News of Pattie’s departure after this season comes after the news that Chris Buescher will drive the No. 17 next year and with Stenhouse moving to JTG Daugherty Racing.
Pattie has six wins in 416 Cup races as a crew chief since 1999. Two came with Stenhouse in 2015 at Talladega and Daytona.
Stenhouse and Pattie failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons.
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Two NASCAR Cup teams were penalized on Tuesday for lug nut violations in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Todd Gordon, crew chief for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang, and Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, were both assessed $10,000 fines apiece for loose or missing lug nuts.
Also, in the Xfinity Series, NASCAR announced that team member William Z. McAlister has successfully completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program and his indefinite suspension, given on April 23, has been lifted.
NASCAR announced Tuesday that the only penalty from Bristol was a $10,000 fine to Brian Pattie, crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., for having an unsecured lug nut on the No. 17 car after Monday’s Cup race.
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