Gordon’s crew to pit Johnson’s car for rest of year

Hendrick Motorsports is trading pit crews between Jeff Gordon

and Jimmie Johnson for the remainder of the season.

Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson’s team utilized Gordon’s

pit crew for the final stops in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Gordon

was sidelined following a crash with Jeff Burton, while Johnson’s

team had been surrendering positions on stops.

Monday, the organization made the change permanent for the

remainder of the season. Four-time champion Johnson is in the heart

of the championship battle, sitting second to Denny Hamlin in the

Chase for the Sprint Cup. He trails by 33 points after surrendering

the lead Sunday. Gordon is sixth in the standings (331 points

behind) and out of contention for the title this season.

In a statement, Hendrick said the change would remain in effect

for the upcoming races at Phoenix International Raceway and

Homestead-Miami Speedway. The change is limited to the seven

primary over-the-wall members of the respective pit crews. Roles of

additional team personnel will not be affected.