HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Joe Gibbs Racing has announced its crew chief lineup for the 2019 season.
Chris Gabehart will serve as crew chief on the No. 11 MENCS Toyota. Gabehart spent the past three seasons as a crew chief in JGR’s Xfinity Series program, capturing a total of nine wins over that time.
Eric Phillips will also make the move from the Xfinity Series to assume the role of car chief with the No. 11 team. He compiled eight wins over three seasons as crew chief on the No. 18 Xfinity Series team.
In addition, JGR revealed the addition of two crew chiefs to its Xfinity Series program.
Jeff Meendering returns to the organization to fill the role vacated by Gabehart as crew chief on the No. 19 Xfinity Series with driver Brandon Jones. Meendering spent that past two seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing as crew chief on the No. 00 car of Cole Custer.
Ben Beshore will move from his current role as engineer on JGR’s No. 18 MENCS team to fill the vacancy left by Phillips as crew chief for the No. 18 Xfinity Series Toyota.
JGR’s ARCA Racing Series team will also have an addition for 2019, with the hire of crew chief Mark McFarland. McFarland joins the organization from MDM Motorsports, where he served as team manager and crew chief in the K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series.
“With such a short offseason it’s important to start work toward the 2019 season immediately and we are proud with the teams we have assembled now, both in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and in the Xfinity Series,” said team owner Joe Gibbs. “With Chris Gabehart joining Adam Stevens, Chris Gayle, and Cole Pearn on the Cup side we believe we have the right leaders in place to benefit our entire organization.
“In addition, we take a tremendous amount of pride in our accomplishments in the Xfinity Series and are excited to have Jeff Meendering and Ben Beshore join Jason Ratcliff to lead our efforts there, as well as bolster our developmental program in ARCA with the addition of Mark McFarland.”