Each year NASCAR has its Silly Season with drivers retiring, being let go, or changing teams. But the drivers aren’t the only crew members who leave or move.

In 2017 Furniture Row Racing closed its doors; as a result, driver Martin Truex Jr and crew chief Cole Pearn joined Joe Gibbs Racing and the number 19 car.

On December 9, Pearn announced his retirement from Joe Gibbs Racing and sitting atop the pit box for driver Martin Truex Jr.

The Canadian born crew chief said that he wanted to spend more time with his family as his reason for leaving Joe Gibbs Racing.

A NASCAR season is a long one beginning in early February at Daytona and ending in mid November with the Championship race. While many crew members families travel on the circuit, spending time with that family is often difficult.

For the past five years Cole Pearn has been Martin Truex Jr’s crew chief. Prior to becoming a crew chief, Pearn was a team engineer at Furniture Row Racing.