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COVID protocols lead to changes for Truex and Kyle Busch’s pit crews at Watkins Glen

The pit crews of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch each will have a change because of COVID protocols, Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed to NBC Sports on Sunday morning.

Bryan Backus will be the front tire changer on Truex’s No. 19 team Sunday. He replaces Hunter Masling. The team says Masling is out because of COVID protocols (close contact). Backus has been the front tire changer this season on the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing team of Ryan Preece. JTG Daugherty Racing gets its pit crew members from Joe Gibbs Racing.

Joshua Pech will be the fueler for Busch’s No. 18 team Sunday. He replaces Matthew Tyrrell. The team says Tyrrell is out because of COVID protocols (close contact). Pech has been the fueler on the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing team of Preece this season.

— NBC Sports —