Denny Hamlin and crew chief Mike Wheeler to split after Homestead

The 2018 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will not only determine the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, it will also be lasts for several teams.

Most notably Furniture Row Racing will close it’s doors following the race but other personnel will also be on the move. Sunday’s race will also mark the final time Mike Wheeler serves as the crew chief of the No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin, who still needs a win in order to continue a streak of 12 years with a win, posted on twitter Friday afternoon:

“5 wins, 37 top 5s, 61 top 10s. Thank you @MikeCWheeler for the last couple of years. You were there for me in the beginning when I first started with JGR 14 years ago. It’s been a great ride.”

Wheeler became the crew chief of the No. 11 in 2016 after previously being an engineer. Prior to Wheeler, Dave Rodgers and Darian Grubb had been crew chiefs for Hamlin’s car.

No replacement for Wheeler has been announced.


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