Johnson, Gordon swap pit crews

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, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

CONCORD, N.C. -- Hendrick Motorsports announced on Monday that Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon's teams will switch pit crews for the remaining two Sprint Cup Series races this season.

HMS said in its news release that the change is limited to the seven primary over-the-wall members of the respective pit crews, and roles of additional team personnel are not affected.

The swap comes one day after Johnson's No.48 crew struggled on their pit stops during the first half of Sunday's 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway. When Gordon was knocked out of competition following an accident with Jeff Burton, his crew moved over to Johnson's No.48 pit area and took over responsibilities from there.

"The 24/48 shop has always operated as a team, and that is the way that we see it," Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, said after the race. "It is sad that we had to do that, but in interest of Hendrick Motorsports and what we have to do, you have to do that stuff."

Johnson, the four-time defending series champion, finished ninth at Texas and fell 33 points behind new leader Denny Hamlin, who won the race. Johnson came to Texas with a 14-point advantage over Hamlin.

It's the first time since 2005 that Johnson has not led in points with just two races to go. Phoenix is scheduled for next Sunday, and the season-finale is slated for November 21 at Homestead, FL.

"You watch pro sports, and if people aren't getting the job done, you've got to pull them out and put someone else in," Johnson said on Sunday.

Knaus and Gordon's crew chief, Steve Letarte, have scheduled a news conference at the HMS shop in Concord, NC on Tuesday morning to address the issue.


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