The No. 18 team of Joe Gibbs Racing and longtime front tire changer Nick Odell have parted ways. Odell was changing this past weekend in the Chase opener at Chicagoland in a race in which Kyle Busch finished ninth.
This is an unusual development considering the timing and that the No. 18 pit crew has been intact for eight years and is a tightly knit group. This has been regarded as one of the best pit crews for years, and Odell is a great talent.
Josh Leslie will replace Odell as the front changer this weekend in the second race of the Challenger Round at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Leslie has been doing some work with JGR the last few years and was also at Germain Racing.
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