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Montoya latest to make crew chief change

Biffle's crew chief Greg Erwin exited Roush Fenway Racing after being dropped as crew chief for the #16 and was immediately snapped up by Richard Petty Motorsports this week as replacement crew chief for the #443 of AJ Allmendinger. However, Pattie is unlikely to be making any similar immediate lateral move: he's in the final year of his contract with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and confirmed that he had not yet been released from that commitment.

"I'm going to help Jim get up to speed because the next three races are all races we can win," he said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. The team have not said what capacity - if any - Pattie will remain with the organisation, and a team spokeswoman said no changes had been made beyond the crew chief change.

Montoya's team mate, Jamie McMurray, is even worse off and is back in 29th position in the Cup standings despite claiming pole position at Martinsville. Montoya himself has claimed two pole positions so far this season, in California and Richmond, but his best finish was third place at Las Vegas during a strong phase in the early races of the season before he started to slowly sink down the Cup standings as the year has progressed.




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