Michael Waltrip Racing crew chief Chad Johnston will miss his second consecutive NASCAR race on Sunday, but for good reason: Johnston and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a baby boy late Friday night.
Johnston, who crew chiefs for Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 56 team, also has a daughter, Syndee. The couple decided to name their son Chase Allen Johnston, and the boy is 9 pounds, 27.75 inches long.
With his wife expecting their child any day, Johnston remained home in North Carolina and also missed last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono. In his place was MWR's competition director Scott Miller – a former Richard Childress Racing crew chief – and Miller will bet atop the No. 56 team's pit box again at Michigan.
Truex is enjoying a breakout season and is seventh in the Sprint Cup Series point standings through 14 races. He finished 20th at the Pocono race last weekend without Johnston.