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Richard Childress Racing switches up crew chiefs

BySamantha Johnson

Apr 2, 2024
Richard Childress Racing switches up crew chiefs

Richard Childress Racing has announced competition personnel changes ahead of the trip to Martinsville Speedway. The changes include Austin Dillon getting a new crew chief for the remainder of the season as Justin Alexander returns to the No. 3 pit box, replacing Keith Rodden, who originally joined RCR and the No. 3 team at the start of the 2023 season. Additionally, Joel Keller has been named lead engineer of the No. 3 team.

The winningest Cup team and Martinsville Speedway have a special relationship. Rodden is set to take on a larger role across the organization to enhance the performance of the team’s cars. Alexander, who has previously served as Dillon’s crew chief, previously led the No. 3 team for part of the 2017 season and helped Dillon secure a Coca-Cola 600 win in their first race together. He also remained on the pit box in 2018 when Dillon won the Daytona 500.

Danny Stockman Jr. was Dillon’s crew chief in 2019, but Alexander returned in 2020 and remained with the No. 3 team through the end of the 2022 season. Alexander was in charge when Dillon won at Texas in 2020 and Daytona in 2022, securing a spot for Dillon in the playoffs. The changes were made to enhance Richard Childress Racing’s overall NASCAR Cup Series program as they prepare for the rest of the season and to secure two teams in the NASCAR Playoffs, according to Andy Petree, executive vice president for RCR.

Dillon is currently 28th in the Cup standings as they head to Martinsville, with one top-20 finish coming in 16th place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

By Samantha Johnson

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