I'm not sure what Joe and JD Gibbs were thinking when they replaced Steve Addington.
Performance wise the 18 car has been great all season and should have easily made the chase. Kyle's "checkers or wreckers" attitude screwed him and the team out of a shot at the title. The race that comes to my mind specifically is Daytona. If Kyle doesn't try to block Tony Stewart he either wins the race or finishes 2nd and he would have made the chase. However he went for the block and ended up taking himself out and later on it ended up costing him dearly. You can look at a lot of races this year that Kyle took himself out of contention for a win or at least a top 5 finish.
The solution to the 18 car is simple, and it's not replacing the crew chief. Joe and JD Gibbs need to sit down with Kyle and tell him to calm down and salvage a good finish when it's in front of you instead of saying I'm gonna win or wreck this thing.
The greats like Petty, Gordon, Earnhardt, DW, Yarborough, etc all wanted to win just as bad as Kyle Does. The difference is as bad as they wanted to win, they knew when they needed to take it easy and salvage a good finish to win the bigger prize. Kyle has shown he can not do this on a consistent basis and it has cost the entire 18 team, including Addington's job.
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