JGR No. 19 crew chief Dave Rogers takes indefinite personal leave

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Five races into the 2017 season, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) crew chief Dave Rogers is taking indefinite personal leave of the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team.

The organization announced the news Wednesday, three days removed from the No. 19 Toyota’s second-conecutive top-10 finish with rookie Daniel Suarez. No other information was made available in the announcement.

Rogers has held crew chief duties in the Monster Energy Series since 2010, tallying 18 victories over his tenure.

Scott Graves, crew chief of JGR’s No. 18 Toyota in the XFINITY Series, will move up to fill Rogers’ vacancy immediately. The duo of Graves and Suarez have history together, having earned the 2016 XFINITY Series championship to cap off a two-year partnership in NASCAR’s second series.

Suarez currently sits 19th in the series standings, having risen into the top 20 amid his recent run of success. The Mexican driver is currently entrenched in a battle with Erik Jones and Ty Dillon for Rookie of the Year honors.

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