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Kurt Busch Loses 4 Pit Crew Members for Richmond Due to COVID Protocols

NASCAR Cup playoff driver Kurt Busch will be without all but one of his regular pit crew members Saturday night (Sept. 11) at Richmond Raceway due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.

Busch’s No. 1 team will be without front tire changer Cory Baldwin, tire carrier Jeremy Kimbrough, rear tire changer Steve Price and jackman Josh Appleby.

The only regular crew member who will be active is the fueler, Milan Rudanovic.

Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass reported the news.

Pit crew members from Busch’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Ross Chastain will take their place. Chastain’s No. 42 Chevrolet will now be serviced by a combination of crew members from Corey LaJoie‘s No. 7 team and Quin Houff‘s No. 00 team.

Busch finished sixth in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway to open the playoffs. He enters Saturday’s race fourth in the playoffs standings, 26 points above the cutoff.

About the author

Daniel McFadin is a 10-year veteran of the NASCAR media corp. He wrote for NBC Sports from 2015 to October 2020. He currently works full time for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and is lead reporter and an editor for Frontstretch. He is also host of the NASCAR podcast "Dropping the Hammer with Daniel McFadin" presented by Democrat-Gazette.

You can email him at danielmcfadin@gmail.com.

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