As the NASCAR season enters the long stretch into the summer two Sprint Cup teams announced changes in their crew line ups.
Bobby Hutchens, late of Stewart Haas Racing will join JTG Daugherty as General Manager for the #47 Toyota driven by Bobby Labonte.
“Bobby Hutchens is very knowledgeable and experienced,” Labonte said. “He has a want and desire to do this, which will really help our small team become more structured so that we can keep moving forward. This is going to be a great advantage for us.”
David Hyder has been named interim crew chief to replace Todd Berrier who will become the crew chief for the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet driven by Regan Smith.
“Todd Berrier did a great job and we wish him the best in his new opportunity,” Brad Daugherty co-owner of the team said. “We have great people throughout the organization and with the leadership of a champion like Bobby Hutchens we will stay focused on being the number one single-car team competing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.”
Over at Furniture Row team general manager Joe Garone said, "Todd will be a great fit with our operation. The skill sets he has acquired during a successful crew chief career will be valuable assets as we move forward with a high level of energy and anticipation.”
Berrier worked as a Sprint Cup crew chief for 11 years at Richard Childress Racing (RCR) before joining JTG Daugherty Racing and driver Bobby Labonte at the start of the 2012 season.
While at RCR, Berrier was crew chief for eight victories, including two of NASCAR's biggest events, the Daytona 500 (2007 with Kevin Harvick) and the Brickyard 400 (2003 also with Harvick).
"Furniture Row Racing has a reputation in the Sprint Cup garage for its commitment and potential," said the 42-year-old Berrier. "I welcome this opportunity and can't wait to begin my new position at Indianapolis this weekend."