Truex gets new crew chief in Chad Johnston

Martin Truex Jr. will have a new crew chief beginning this

weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Lead engineer Chad Johnston was selected Tuesday as crew chief

for Truex’s No. 56 Toyota. He replaces Pat Tryson, who was

reassigned to another position at Michael Waltrip Racing.

Tryson announced right before the start of the 2009 Chase for

the Sprint Cup championship that he was leaving driver Kurt Busch

and Penske Racing at the end of the year to move to MWR to crew

chief Truex.

But Tryson was never able to create the same success with Truex,

who goes into Sunday’s race ranked 21st in the Sprint Cup standings

with just three top-10 finishes this year. Truex was 22nd in points

last year, with only one top-five.

Frustrations got the best of Truex last month at Richmond, when

he angrily fired his crew over his team radio following a botched

final pit stop at Richmond. That led to changes on his

over-the-wall team the next week. Now Tryson is out, replaced by

the 31-year-old Johnston.

Johnston joined the team midway through last season, and Truex

said he’s provided important help in setting up his Toyotas.

”He’s shown a lot of leadership in his position and has shown

me he really understands a race car,” Truex said in a statement.

”He also understands all of the tools at his disposal here at

Michael Waltrip Racing since he’s an engineer. His personality and

mine mesh really well. We get along great, and he really

understands what I am saying.

”He is extremely good at pulling more information from me to

get the answers to questions he has when setting up the car. The

communication between he and I is impressive, and we just click.

I’m looking forward to what all we can accomplish together as a