Monday, June 15, 2015

Labbe Replaces Martin Atop Austin Dillon's Pit Box

Richard Childress Racing has announced a change in crew chiefs for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program, effective immediately.

Veteran Slugger Labbe will assume crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/Cheerios/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS team with Austin Dillon as the driver. Labbe's first race with the team will be the Sonoma Raceway road-course event on Sunday, June 28.

Labbe's wins include the 2003 Daytona 500 and 2011 Brickyard 400 championship, as part of 433 Cup starts to his credit. Dillon, a two-time NASCAR champion, is currently 23rd in the driver's point standings.

Former crew chief Gil Martin will assume a leadership role within the RCR Research and Development Department, taking over Labbe's responsibilities. As a Sprint Cup crew chief, Martin has visited Victory Lane 16 times in 472 starts -- including a 2003 Brickyard 400 victory -- and has finished in the Top-10 in the championship points seven times. Martin also has eight wins to his credit in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

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