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Darian Grubb named crew chief of the #5

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Hendrick Motorsports has announced that Darian Grubb will serve as Kasey Kahne’s crew chief for the remainder of the season. The announcement was made after a poor showing in the first playoff race at Chicagoland. Grubb, 41, currently sits third among active crew chiefs on the wins list. He has 23 wins, 18 poles, and 130 top ten finishes.

“Darian is an extremely talented and experienced crew chief,” said Hendrick Motorsports President Marshall Carlson. “Having been back with us for more than 20 months, he knows all of our people and processes. There’s no one more prepared to hit the ground running at this point in the year.”

Darian Grubb’s Career

Grubb first started with Hendrick Motorsports in 2003. He served as the lead engineer for the #48 team along side Chad Knaus. In 2007, he moved on to serving as the crew chief for Casey Mears, but left HMS in 2009. After leaving, he took a crew chief position at Stewart Haas Racing with Tony Stewart. Together the duo won 11 races, and the 2011 championship in just three seasons.  In 2012 he then joined Joe Gibbs Racing. He remained with the team until 2015, scoring 9 total wins with Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards. In 2016 he reunited with HMS serving as their production director.

The Playoffs

“I’m looking forward to working with the team for the rest of the season,” said Grubb. “I enjoy competing in a playoffs environment, and we have tremendous resources at Hendrick Motorsports to pull from. I’m ready to get started this weekend.”

Grubb will be replacing current crew chief Keith Rodden. Though Rodden will remain under contract, the team says he will have other responsibilities. His contract will expire after the 2017 season. There still has been no word on who will be the crew chief next season.

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