Kyle Busch Gets New Pit Crew

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch will have a new pit crew when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start on Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch will have a new pit crew when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start on Sunday.

Joe Gibbs Racing swapped the Nos. 18 and 19 crews heading into the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

“Well, when you're in a performance based business, it comes down to performance," Busch said. "For us and Joe Gibbs Racing, everybody on the whole organization kind of decided that it was a necessary change to give ourselves the best opportunity to go race for a championship. You got to come out here with all these guys. All these teams, as good as they are, you have to have all the bullets in the chamber. We felt like we were a little bit short there with the pit crew. We got metrics and things like that that kind of show they were a little bit off, not far, but just a little bit. When you need it most, you're going to need to count on those guys. That could be the last stop at Homestead. Fastest pit crew wins hopefully.”

Suarez and the No. 19 team did not qualify for the playoffs. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth will join Busch in the post-season run for JGR.

“Our pit crew's pretty good and solid," Hamlin said. "I think you always try to put the best people out there that you possibly can. I think that the 18 is a good pit crew, but I think they struggled with consistency like the 19 has had, so they made a change for that reason.”

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