NASCAR pit crew benched for positive COVID tests

NASCAR president Steve Phelps
NASCAR president Steve Phelps
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 11:10 PM EDT
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(AP) - The pit crew for NASCAR driver William Byron has been benched because of multiple positive tests for COVID-19.

The regular Hendrick Motorsports crew for the No. 24 did not participate in Wednesday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway and will also miss Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

The crew for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was used on Byron’s car at Texas and will again service the car at Martinsville. The No. 47 crew is staffed by Hendrick Motorsports employees.

“Hendrick Motorsports has implemented detailed procedures to protect the health of our team members and follows recommendations from the CDC, OSHA and NCDHHS regarding the handling of positive COVID-19 tests,” Hendrick Motorsports said in a statement.

Also, one member of the No. 95 crew for Leavine Family Racing missed the race at Texas because he was not feeling well. The crew member did not test positive for COVID-19, so the rest of Christopher Bell’s crew was unchanged.

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