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LEBANON, TENNESSEE - JUNE 20: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
LEBANON, TENNESSEE - JUNE 20: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Kurt Busch loses four pit crew members due to COVID protocols for Richmond race: UPDATE

Contact-tracing protocols have led Chip Ganassi Racing to make changes in its pit-crew lineup for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Richmond Raceway, a spokesperson for the Ganassi team confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Four over-the-wall crew for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driven by Ross Chastain will shift to the No. 1 CGR Chevy team and Kurt Busch for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders..com Fueler Milan Rudanovic is the lone No. 1 crew member to remain in place.

The No. 42 crew will be led by veteran Mike Metcalf, with development crew members from the No. 00 StarCom Racing and No. 7 Spire Motorsports organizations pitching in. Ganassi fields pit crews for the Nos. 00 and 7 teams.

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Original post: Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports reports that Kurt Busch will have a different pit crew, with the exception of his usual fueler, this weekend at Richmond Raceway due to COVID protocols. Busch’s #1 Chevrolet will use crew members from Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Ross Chastain’s #42 for Saturday night’s race.

Busch is currently fourth in the point standings, 26 points above the cutoff. This weekend’s race in Richmond and next weekend’s elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway will determine the Round of 12.