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Gibbs promotes Dave Rogers back to Cup, as Kyle Busch's new crew chief

  Dave Rogers (L) will take over the reins of Kyle Busch's Sprint Cup team at Texas (Photo: Toyota Motorsports)

   By Mike Mulhern

   Kyle Busch will have a new Sprint Cup crew chief, veteran Dave Rogers, replacing Steve Addington beginning with the Texas 500 Nov. 8.
   Addington, crew chief for Joe Gibbs' 'third' team for five years now, will remain with the Toyota operation.
   Rogers, who started his NASCAR career as engineer for Gibbs' Tony Stewart-Greg Zipadelli team, was moved up briefly to Cup crew chief in 2005, has been Gibbs' top Nationwide team crew chief the past four seasons, winning the tour's 'owners' championship last season, working with four different drivers over the season. Rogers has five Nationwide wins this season.
   J.D. Gibbs, who runs the three-team operation for his father, said promoting Rogers back to a Cup position made sense, given his success in Nationwide racing.
   The Gibbs have been considering expanding to a four-team Cup operation, but the status of that move is still up in the air, dependent of course on sponsorship.
   "Dave has proven himself a talented crew chief, and we think he will work well with Kyle," J. D. Gibbs said.
   "We hope by making the move following this weekend's race at Talladega they can use the final three weeks of this season to begin working on communication and setups for the 2010 season."
   Busch  has been considered one of the top drivers on the NASCAR tour the past two seasons, and he's again doing both Cup and Nationwide, and is on the verge of winning the Nationwide title. However he failed to make the Cup championship chase this season, and last year's Cup title run ended early and abruptly with three straight issues, at Loudon, Dover and Kansas in the first three races of the chase, after Busch had dominated the regular season.

I can't wait for his words

I can't wait for his words towards Junior's crew chief situation are going to come back and bite him... heheheh.

Didn't see this coming. 14

Didn't see this coming. 14 wins over the last 2 seasons gets Steve Addington demoted? Kyle's style of driving is not set up for points racing, and I hope that never changes. Bringing in a new crew chief I don't think is going to make thsi team any better, unless he brings them lots of luck.

14 wins in two seasons and

14 wins in two seasons and Addington gets the boot? Kyle's style is never going to be conducive to points racing in this day and age with so many consistent cars, so why blame the crew chief for that? I don't want Kyle to change his style to try to win a title in a bogus points system. He's balls to wall and is out for the win each and every week. That's what racing is supposed to be about: WINNING races. Unless Addington asked for a break, this move seems like a bad one.

Maybe Addington is out

Maybe Addington is out because he didn't cheat enough???....

Isn't this the same DAVE ROGERS that got busted in Michigan last year for cheating with the Nationwide car?

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