Both Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch will have fill-in crew chiefs for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The race marks the second of three in the Round of 16 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Greg Zipadelli will fill in for Bowyer and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team, while Jacob Canter will be interim crew chief for Busch and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team. Both team’s regular crew chiefs — John Klausmeier (No. 14) and Adam Stevens (No. 18) — will be suspended for the Richmond race after both cars were missing two lug nuts in post-race inspection on Sunday at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener.
Zipadelli, who is the competition director with SHR, is a two-time champion atop the box with Tony Stewart. He has served as a fill-in crew chief for Bowyer in the first Michigan race his year (where he finished 19th) as well as the organization’s Xfinity Series car driven by Chase Briscoe, where he guided the young driver to three wins in four races.
Canter works as the crew chief for the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Xfinity Series. The entry is a part-time one that has only been driven by Busch and Denny Hamlin in 2020. Canter and Busch won the Xfinity race in May of 2020 at Charlotte. He also serves as the Test Team Manager for JGR’s NASCAR Cup Series program.
Entering Richmond, Busch is 10th in the standings — seven points to the good, while Bowyer is 13th in the standings by way of a best finish in the Round of 16 tiebreaker that he loses to his SHR teammate Aric Almirola.