Kurt Busch crew chief Tony Gibson not in Texas – Nascar
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that Tony Gibson, crew chief for driver Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Chevrolet team, will miss the first two days of the race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
SHR said through its official Twitter account that Gibson, 51, will stay home in North Carolina to care for his wife, who is dealing with an unspecified illness. The team indicated that Gibson planned to rejoin the No. 41 team in time for Saturday’s Duck Commander 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season.
Johnny Klausmeier is serving as interim crew chief in Gibson’s absence, according to the team.
Johnny Klausmeier, engineer on the No. 41 car, will serve as crew chief for @KurtBusch today & tomorrow … (1/2)
“It’s a good way to gauge how well we’re prepared for situations like this,” Busch said. “Tony Gibson’s a great leader and everybody’s ready to step up when he’s gone.”
Gibson joined SHR in 2009. He has been paired with Busch since the end of the 2014 season, winning two races with the former premier-series champion in that span.