Leavine Family Racing announced Saturday morning that Travis Mack will no longer serve as the crew chief of Kasey Kahne‘s No. 95 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, effective immediately. Replacing Mack on top of the pit box will be Jon Leonard, who has served this season as Kahne’s lead engineer. The team’s press release did not indicate whether Mack has been re-assigned within the team, or if he is no longer with the organization.
For Leonard, this will not be his first time serving as a crew chief. Last season, he served as the interim crew chief on the No. 95 for the final five races of the season after Todd Parrott stepped down from the pit box. In those five races, Michael McDowell‘s best finish was 18th at Kansas.
Through 15 races, Kahne is currently 28th in points with no top 10 finishes. His best runs in the No. 95 have been three 17th-place finishes at Texas, Talladega and Dover. Despite acquiring Kahne’s services in place of McDowell, the team is actually further down in the standings than last year (through 15 races, McDowell was 27th) and has not finished as well.
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