KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – Stewart-Haas Racing is swapping pit crews in hopes of boosting Kevin Harvick’s chances in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick, who has been critical of his team’s slow pit stops in recent weeks, will race his No. 4 Chevrolet with the crew of teammate and team co-owner Tony Stewart beginning this week at Chicagoland Speedway. Stewart will get Harvick’s pit crew for the final 10 races of the season.

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SHR is taking a chance that the move will pay dividends for Harvick in the 16-car Chase field. It also could cost Stewart, who is trying to avoid his first winless Cup season.

SHR executive Greg Zipadelli says the goal is to win races and championships and the swap “provides championship experience to the No. 4 team.”

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