Borland out as Jarrett's crew chief

Updated: May 3, 2007, 10:39 PM ET
By David Newton and Angelique Chengelis | ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Dale Jarrett will have a new crew chief for Saturday night's Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

Assuming he can qualify for Saturday night's race.

Matt Borland has been replaced by Derrick Finley this weekend, but Jason Burdett -- Jarrett's former crew chief at Robert Yates Racing -- is expected to take over the job soon.

Waltrip Racing officials wanted Borland to stay on as a technical director, but Borland declined.

"It was obvious at Talladega that everything wasn't clicking and hasn't clicked for a while," said Lee White, the general manager of Toyota Racing Development.

Jarrett has used all six of his past champion's provisionals this season, meaning he will have to qualify on speed every week until he breaks into the top 35 in owner's points. The 1999 Cup champion is 38th, 72 points behind Casey Mears (35th).

Jarrett's troubles in qualifying were somewhat of a surprise given Borland's mastery for qualifying setups when he was the crew chief for Ryan Newman at Penske Racing. Newman and Borland teamed up to take 36 poles between 2002 and 2006. Jarrett scored only two poles in that span and has only 16 in his 23-year career.

Jarrett has raced 38 times at Richmond, winning twice and finishing in the top 10 on 12 occasions. His most recent victory there was in the spring race in 1999.

Angelique S. Chengelis is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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