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Hendrick Motorsports names interim crew chiefs for Atlanta weekend

A two-tire pit stop during a late caution pays off, giving William Byron his second consecutive win of the 2023 NASCAR Cup season at the United Rentals Work United 500.

Hendrick Motorsports has selected four interim crew chiefs to work with its Cup Series drivers this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Crew chiefs for Kyle Larson, Josh Berry, William Byron and Alex Bowman were suspended for four races by NASCAR Wednesday as part of penalties assessed to the Hendrick team for parts violations at Phoenix Raceway last week. Hendrick announced that it will appeal the penalties but has chosen not to defer the suspensions of Cliff Daniels, Alan Gustafson, Rudy Fugle and Blake Harris.

Kevin Meendering will be Larson’s interim crew chief at Atlanta. Greg Ives will work with Bowman, Brian Campe with Byron and Tom Gray with Berry.

Byron won races at Las Vegas and Phoenix and will be seeking a third consecutive victory Sunday at Atlanta.
NASCAR issued the following penalties to Hendrick Motorsports Wednesday:

  • Docked Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and William Byron 100 points and also penalized them 10 playoff points each.
  • Suspended crew chiefs Daniels, Gustafson, Fugle and Harris four races each. NASCAR also fined each $100,000.
  • NASCAR penalized each of the four Hendrick teams 100 owner points and 10 playoff points.

As a result of the penalties, Bowman, who had been the points leader, fell to 23rd place.