HOMESTEAD, Fla – Denny Hamlin and crew chief Mike Wheeler will part ways following Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Hamlin, announced via his social media account on Friday.
Wheeler, was named the No. 11 crew chief for the 2016 season after previously serving as an engineer. In three seasons with Hamlin, as Denny’s tweet says, the two won five races together and logged 37 top-five finishes. The No. 11 operation is winless heading into Miami, and Hamlin’s streak of 12 consecutive years with a win is on the line.
Prior to Wheeler, Dave Rogers served as Hamlin’s crew chief in 2015, following the tenure of Darian Grubb (2012-14).
Hamlin, has won at least one race in all of his Cup Series seasons since 2006. This year, he’s been winless.
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. pic.twitter.com/FLQOIiDbiu
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) November 16, 2018