Brad Keselowski will not have his normal crew chief atop his No. 2 pit box when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Darlington Raceway this Sunday (May 9) due to team protocols, according to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass.
It was not noted what protocols required Bullins to not travel to the track.
Team engineer Grant Hutchens will serve as Keselowski’s interim crew chief.
While Hutchens normally doesn’t call the shots for Keselowski, there is familiarity between the two. When Bullins was suspended following a lug nut penalty at Phoenix Raceway earlier this year, Team Penske appointed Hutchens as his one-race replacement. In that race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Keselowski finished four laps down in 28th place.
Overall this season, Keselowski has one win at Talladega Superspeedway, five top fives and five top 10s to currently reside sixth in the championship standings.
Keselowski is the pole sitter for Sunday’s race at Darlington. The Goodyear 400 is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by Fox Sports 1.