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Scott Graves chats with driver Daniel Suarez in the garage.
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Scott Graves out as No. 19 crew chief; Dave Rogers to replace him

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that Dave Rogers will replace Scott Graves as crew chief of the No. 19 Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez for the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

The organization indicated in a news release that Graves is leaving the company, effective immediately. Graves, who paired with Suarez to win the Xfinity Series championship in 2016, was in his second season working with the No. 19 team at the Monster Energy Series level.

Rogers moves back atop the pit box after operating as JGR’s technical director for its Xfinity Series program since June 2017. Rogers has 18 Monster Energy Series victories and 20 Xfinity Series wins as a crew chief. He has served in that role for JGR from 2006-17 across both series.

Rogers was originally tapped as Suarez’s crew chief for his rookie season last year, but stepped away from the position after five races to take a personal leave of absence in March. Graves replaced him, finishing out the season.

Suarez, 26, has missed the NASCAR Playoffs in both of his Monster Energy Series seasons. He currently sits 18th in the standings, and this season also brought Suarez his first career Busch Pole Award, at Pocono Raceway in July.