Chad Johnson has been promoted from lead engineer to crew chief of Martin Truex Jr and Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, Jayski is reporting through information from Twitter.
Johnson replaces Pat Tryson, who is being redeployed at MWR. Tryson told ESPN.com that he didn’t know what his new assignment would be. He said:
Somebody always has to be that guy. I wouldn’t say I was part of the problem. As a company we aren’t running well. It’s a strange deal. I really can’t say much.
This is a good opportunity for me since this is the direction I have always wanted to go in my NASCAR career. Michael Waltrip Racing is a good organization to work with as we have assembled a strong NAPA Racing team and a more-than-capable driver. My goal is the same goal that this team set at the start of 2011 and that goal is to win races and try to get in the top 10 in points.
Chad’s been a great addition to the NAPA team ever since he joined us last season. … 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 team.
This may indicate that there was a communication problem between Tryson and Truex. While Truex did not actually say anything about Tryson in his quote, it can seem to imply that there was a communication problem with Tryson, depending on how you interpret his quote.
Truex has been running well, but the team struggles to get good finishes. The team has three top 10s, with a best finish of sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But the team also has five finishes of 20th or worse, and sits 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.