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Ernie Cope leaving JR Motorsports for post at JTG Daugherty

NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 - Practice

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 16: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, talks with his crew chief Ernie Cope during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 16, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Veteran crew chief Ernie Cope, who has served as crew chief this season for defending Xfinity Series champ Chase Elliott, will leave JR Motorsports at season’s end.

Cope will assume a new role as Competition Director for JTG Daugherty Motorsports.

It will be Cope’s second tour working with JTGD majority owner Tad Geschickter, having done so previously in 2006 (with driver Stacey Compton) and 2007 (with Marcos Ambrose).

Cope, 46, has been a crew chief for the past 13 seasons and has amassed 15 wins in both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.

Cope’s pending departure was first reported by

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