Keystone make changes for Milwaukee WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 2, 1998) When NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Blaise Alexander and Keystone Motorsports get to Milwaukee, they will have a new...
Keystone make changes for Milwaukee
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 2, 1998) When NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Blaise Alexander and Keystone Motorsports get to Milwaukee, they will have a new signal caller on the pit box.
Gordon Gibbs, currenty with Joe Gibbs racing and driver J.D. Gibbs, will be acting as the crew chief for this weekend's Diehard 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. The team has not yet found a full-time crew chief but expects to make an announcement soon after this weekend. Gibbs will help the team this weekend and possibly next weekend when it travels to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"I don't want to upset the apple cart," Gibbs said. "These guys decided they needed a change and it put them in a position where they needed some help so that's what I intend to do. Blaise is a tremendous young talent and is capable of running up front week in and week out. He and I talked about what he will need to be good in Milwaukee and he basically said, 'you need to get me through the middle of the corners.'
"He struggled in Loudon because he could not turn in the middle of the corner. I am just going to try to give him a good car because his ability will get him through the rest. We are also going to have an open dialog all weekend, because I am going to rely on him to tell me what the car is doing and what spots on the track are causing problems. Everyone knows that communication between driver and crew chief is vital to success and that is what everyone here wants."
The team is focused on winning the rookie honors and knows that they still have half the season to get it done.
"This is a good race team with a talented young driver," said team owner Blaise Alexander Sr. "Yes I am a bit biased because he is my son, but it was a team decision to make the change. With Matt Hutter being replaced by David Green, it only leaves two others in the rookie battle. Our goal since the beginning of the season is to win those honors and with half the season already gone each and every race remaining is important.
"Gordon has very impressive credentials and will be good for Blaise this weekend. I know he has some other commitments with Joe Gibbs and that's fine, we feel fortunate that Joe is letting him give us a hand. We hope to have a full time crew chief on board soon, we are talking to some folks and have one in mind and will hopefully have a commitment after Milwaukee." Source: NASCAR Online