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Gibbs hires Grubb as Hamlin's crew chief

Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:58 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 11:01 am
By Pete Pistone

The game of NASCAR crew chief musical chairs continued on Friday when Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Darian Grubb would call the shots for Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Toyota next season.

Grubb led Tony Stewart to this year's Sprint Cup title but was released by Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the year.

He now takes over for the disposed Mike Ford to work as Hamlin's crew chief in 2012.

"Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our #11 FedEx team," said team owner Joe Gibbs. "Obviously he has proven the ability to guide a team to a championship and we are excited to have him working with Denny (Hamlin) toward achieving that goal here at Joe Gibbs Racing."  

Grubb spent the last three seasons at SHR after a long career with Hendrick Motorsports. He's excited about joining another top organization at JGR.

"I'm thrilled to join Joe Gibbs Racing," said Grubb. "The chance to work with Denny is something I'm excited about. When you sit down with Joe and J.D. Gibbs you can't help but be excited about this opportunity and the team aspects of JGR. There is no question about the level of support you get here and I'm looking forward to working with everyone across the entire organization."

Speculation is that Ford, who guided Hamlin to eight victories a year ago as well as one win and a Chase berth this season, will join Penske Racing to crew chief for the team's new driver in the No. 22 Dodge.

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Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:55 am

Gibbs hires Grubb as Hamlin's crew chief

I was already a Denny fan but now that he has hired a fellow Hokie in Darian Grubb, I am a super fan!

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Gibbs hires Grubb as Hamlin's crew chief

Coach Gibbs definately called a great play with the hiring of Darian Grubb. Smile

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:56 am

Gibbs hires Grubb as Hamlin's crew chief

Im a big Stewart fan and I was bummed to see Darian booted from the team.  Good luck to Darian and the 11 team, looks like he hooked up with a class organization.  Hamlin will win a championship withen the next five years if not sooner, guys got way to much talent and now has a proven crew chief to go with him.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:11 pm

Gibbs hires Grubb as Hamlin's crew chief

Glad to see that Darian got a job with a top outfit. I wish him well. It surprised me that Tony let him walk.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:01 pm

Gibbs hires Grubb as Hamlin's crew chief

How in the heck did Smoke let Grubb leave his organization? OK so if they didn't get along as a driver & crew cheif put him up in the front office, the guy has talent. You can't just let him walk. I bet Tony Stewart is gonna regret this decision.

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