Hamlin, Logano Dispell Crew Chief Rumors
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin said rumors of a potential Joe Gibbs Racing crew-chief swap for them are not true.
Both drivers, speaking Thursday before the Denny Hamlin Foundation Short-Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway, virtually laughed when asked about the rumors.
Hamlin said he talked to team owner Joe Gibbs about the rumors Wednesday. Hamlin has worked with crew chief Mike Ford for his entire Sprint Cup Series career, which started with a handful of races in 2005.
“It was news to me,” Hamlin said. “The Coach [Gibbs] called me as soon as he saw it and I was like, ‘Maybe I should be part of this decision.’
“And he was like, ‘There is no decision.’ Mike is my guy. He will always be my guy.”
The two JGR drivers have not had good results this year. Hamlin is 17th in the standings and 50 points out of the top 10, while Logano is 24th and 66 points out of the top 10.
A JGR spokesman also denied that any swap was planned.
“Even though we have had a bumpy six or seven weeks, we’ve had a great five years and nothing will change that,” Hamlin said.
Logano said he works well with crew chief Greg Zipadelli, whom he has been paired with since entering Cup in 2009.
“Whatever, I don’t know who decides to come up with all that stuff,” Logano said. “Same story here. We’ve been fine. We haven’t gotten in any arguments or nothing.
“We’ve been getting through what we’ve been getting through lately and trying to get good finishes. We haven’t started yelling at each other or anything like that. We understand what our position is and how we’ve been running good, still [but with bad finishes].”