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Matt DiBenedetto loses crew chief Greg Erwin to COVID-19 for Martinsville, Jonathan Hassler takes over – The Checkered Flag


Greg Erwin, the crew chief for the #21 Wooden Brothers Racing automobile of Matt DiBenedetto, shall be sitting out Saturday evening’s NASCAR Cup Collection race at Martinsville Speedway after testing constructive for COVID-19. Jonathan Hassler, an engineer for affiliate Crew Penske, will function interim crew chief.

“Greg Erwin my crew chief caught the Rona so he’s out this weekend as a few of you will have seen,” DiBenedetto tweeted on Friday night. “Jonathan Hassler shall be on the pit field tomorrow evening. Simply wished to replace you all so no one was caught off guard!

“Aspect notice, Greg is feeling okay, nothing main”.

After working at Robby Gordon Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, the latter of which noticed him win 5 races with Greg Biffle, within the 2000s, Erwin joined the Penske camp in 2011. He moved to WBR in 2018 to work alongside Paul Menard, and remained because the group’s crew chief when DiBenedetto got here aboard in 2020.

Of their first yr collectively, the Erwin/DiBenedetto pairing loved the latter’s first profession playoff look and a thirteenth-place factors end. Nevertheless, they’ve endured a tough begin to 2021 as they sit twenty-fourth within the standings and are nonetheless in search of their first prime ten.

With Erwin out, Hassler will make his début as a NASCAR crew. After graduating from Purdue College with a bachelor’s diploma in mechanical engineering, Hassler has labored as an engineer for Crew Penske since 2008.

Hassler is the fifth interim Cup Collection crew chief in 2021, the third from the Ford groups, and the second to take over attributable to COVID-19 protocols. The opposite three crew chiefs took over attributable to lug nut suspensions: Crew Penske’s Jeremy Bullins (Brad Keselowski‘s crew chief) and Trackhouse Racing Crew‘s Travis Mack (Daniel Suárez) have been respectively changed by Grant Hutchens and Jose Blasco-Figueroa at Atlanta, whereas Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Davin Restivo (Cole Custer) took over for Mike Shiplett at Vegas. At Homestad, Ryan Sparks, the crew chief for Corey LaJoie at Spire Motorsports, was taken out by COVID laws and Steve Letarte crammed in.


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