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Will NASCAR teams that missed the Chase make changes now?
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Larry McReynolds

Larry McReynolds has more than 30 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, Daytona 500-winning crew chief and broadcaster. He earned 23 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief, including two victories in the prestigious Daytona 500, as well as a pair of non-points victories in the annual all-star race. Follow him on Twitter.

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Will NASCAR teams that failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup start making changes now?

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Now the championship battle really begins.

When I look at some of these teams, I don’t see changes coming.

We just had a change with Carl Edwards; crew chief Chad Norris has only been there for a little more than a month. I don’t even know if they really know where they’re at yet.

I don’t see crew chief Dave Rogers and Kyle Busch going separate ways. I don’t see Ryan Newman and crew chief Tony Gibson going separate ways.

Still, you never know what drivers and owners are thinking. Obviously, if you’re going to make a change and it’s doable, now is the time to do it. Don’t wait until the offseason where the first outing is the Daytona 500.

Richard Petty Motorsports already announced that its crew chiefs and teams will be realigned between drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola.

You’ve got nine, 10 races maybe to get a new driver, new crew chief together. This gives them time to work together and learn about one another.

If you’re set on making a change, there’s not a better time to do it than now.

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