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JTG Daugherty Racing makes crew chief change with Ryan Preece’s team

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 - Practice

DOVER, DELAWARE - OCTOBER 04: Ryan Preece, driver of the #47 Kroger Chevrolet, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 04, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - Eddie Pardue and Tristan Smith have switched places for Ryan Preece’s team, JTG Daugherty Racing confirmed Friday.

Pardue, who had been an engineer, takes over as crew chief for Preece. Smith, who had been the crew chief, moves to an engineer role.

Preece, a Cup rookie, ranks 27th in points heading into Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC). He has one top-five finish and three top-10 results this season. His best finish this season is third at Talladega in April.