Kyle Busch is probably still celebrating from last night’s win / 2015 championship run, yet the crew chief shuffle for 2016 has already begun. Crew Chief Changes for 2016 already include the No. 10, 14 and 42 with many more to come.
Crew Chief Changes for 2016
Tony Stewart had alluded that big changes to the No. 14 team were on the horizon after the conclusion of 2015, but only one day after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion was crowned, crew chiefs and race teams started making crew chief change announcements.
As it stands now, Chad Johnston, the No. 14 crew chief for the past two years will be going to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates starting tomorrow to call the race for the No. 42 Target Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, and the opportunity to work with Kyle Larson,” Johnston said.
“The organization has a great reputation in numerous forms of racing, and I’m looking forward to adding to that reputation in NASCAR. Kyle is certainly a unique talent, and I’m eager to get to work with him and the team as we look to build a foundation of success.”
Source: Chip Ganassi Racing
With Johnston already being confirmed at Ganassi for 2016, the rumor is that Mike Bugarewicz will be named as the No. 14 crew chief for 2106. Bugarewicz was recruited by crew chief Rodney Childers and joined the team in December 2013 — prior to Kevin Harvick’s 2014 championship run.
Danica Patrick will likely get her third crew chief to start her fourth season.
Current crew chief, Daniel Knost was non-committal when asked about 2016 and the No. 10 team. With Michael Waltrip Racing shutting its doors, the No. 15 and 55 crew chiefs Billy Scott and Brian Pattie are both available.
Rumor is that the No. 10 crew chief will be Scott from MWR.
Another rumor previously surfaced about the other MWR crew chief, Brian Pattie will call the races for Greg Biffle in 2016.