Richard Childress Racing announces new crew chief personnel change

Richard Childress Racing has recently made some competition personnel changes in preparation for their upcoming race at Martinsville Speedway. The team has appointed Joel Keller as the lead engineer for the No. 3 team, taking over from Keith Rodden who had joined RCR and the No. 3 team at the start of the 2023 season. Additionally, Austin Dillon will be getting a new crew chief for the remainder of the season, with Justin Alexander returning to the No. 3 pit box.

Alexander is taking over from Rodden, who had been leading Dillon’s team since the start of the season. This move marks a significant change in the organization’s structure, as Rodden will now transition to a more extensive role within RCR to help enhance the capabilities of its cars. Alexander has worked as Dillon’s crew chief on multiple occasions in the past, including guiding him to victory at Martinsville Speedway in their first race together in 2017 and again at Daytona International Speedway in 2018.

Andy Petree, executive vice president of RCR, stated that these organizational changes were implemented to support their NASCAR Cup Series program as they gear up for the rest of the season and aim to secure two team spots in the NASCAR Playoffs. Petree expressed gratitude towards Rodden for his leadership of the No. 3 team while acknowledging his continued contributions in his new role within RCR.

Martinsville Speedway holds a special significance to Hendrick Motorsports, which is widely regarded as one of NASCAR’s most successful teams with over seven championships and numerous victories throughout their storied history at this track. In recent years, they have continued this success with past wins by drivers like Geoffrey Hill and Jimmie Johnson before Chase Elliott won his first career Cup victory there earlier this year during an impressive comeback performance after being involved in a wreck on lap two.

Dillon currently sits at 28th place in the Cup standings but has shown promising signs with one top-20 finish so far this season – placing 16th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The team is optimistic about these changes and looking forward to a strong showing in Martinsville and beyond.

Overall, these changes reflect RCR’s commitment to staying competitive at all times and positioning themselves well for future success on both tracks and off tracks alike as they continue their pursuit of winning more races and championships soon.

By Samantha Johnson

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