NASCAR Community Including Dale Earnhardt Jr React as “Super Smart Dude” Joins Kyle Larson’s Team as Interim Crew Chief

Published 06/21/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits on the track prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After the race at Sonoma, Kyle Larson was handed out a massive suspension by NASCAR. His crew chief Cliff Daniels was stripped off of his role for four weeks.

This was because of a tire that came loose during the race, and as the story goes this season, it was met with a harsh penalty.

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But luckily, Hendrick Motorsports have found a replacement for Daniels for the time he will be absent. Kevin Meendering will be the crew chief of the #5 team for the next four races.

Meendering brings to the table, an impressive resume. He was the crew chief of former Hendrick driver, Jimmie Johnson, for 21 races in 2019.

Naturally, his appointment was met with general acceptance from NASCAR fans and big names in the NASCAR community such as Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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NASCAR spotter slams the suspension handed out to Kyle Larson

In a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast, Freddie Kraft, the spotter for Bubba Wallace, criticized the decision to strip Cliff Daniels off of his role as part of a penalty.

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In fact, Kraft questioned the whole concept of suspending as a means to penalize by citing the examples of Alan Gustafson, the crew chief of Chase Elliott, who was also suspended earlier in the season.

Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; Pit crew members surround the car of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) makes a pit stop late in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“They keep out Alan for a month versus Cliff, now who’s got the stupidest suspension in the history of NASCAR, being crew chief suspended for four weeks,” he said.I still go back to a points penalty… You get a ten-point penalty the first time it happens, and then it’s a 25-point penalty.”

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“If it happens again, then maybe fifty.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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