Hamlin tweet: Been ‘a great ride’ with crew chief Mike Wheeler
Denny Hamlin indicated via Twitter on Friday that this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be his last with crew chief Mike Wheeler.
A Joe Gibbs Racing spokesperson confirmed Wheeler and Hamlin would part ways following the 2018 season.
5 wins, 37 top 5s, 61 top 10s. Thank you @MikeCWheeler for the last couple of years. You were there for me in the beginning when I first started with JGR 14 years ago. It’s been a great ride. pic.twitter.com/FLQOIiDbiu
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) November 16, 2018
Wheeler was named the No. 11 crew chief for the 2016 season after previously serving as an engineer. In three seasons with Hamlin, as Denny’s tweet says, the two won five races together and logged 37 top-five finishes. The No. 11 operation is winless heading into Miami, and Hamlin’s streak of 12 consecutive years with a win is on the line.
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Prior to Wheeler, Dave Rogers served as Hamlin’s crew chief in 2015, following the tenure of Darian Grubb (2012-14).
There was no immediate word on Wheeler’s plans for 2018, or who would lead the No. 11 team next year.
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