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Richard Childress Racing announces new crew chief decision

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Apr 2, 2024

Richard Childress Racing has announced some changes to its competition personnel ahead of the upcoming trip to Martinsville Speedway. The changes include Austin Dillon having a new crew chief for the remaining seasons, with Justin Alexander returning to the No. 3 pit box to replace Keith Rodden, who had joined RCR and the No. 3 team earlier in the 2023 season. Additionally, Joel Keller has been named as the lead engineer of the No. 3 team.

There is a special connection between the winningest Cup team and Martinsville Speedway, which has contributed to the significance of these personnel changes. Rodden will be taking on a bigger role across the organization to enhance the capabilities of the team’s cars. Alexander has previously served as Dillon’s crew chief and has been with the No. 3 team in the past.

Alexander took over the No. 3 team midway through the 2017 season and led Dillon to victory in their first race together at the Coca-Cola 600. Alexander continued as Dillon’s crew chief in 2018, where Dillon won the Daytona 500. Although Danny Stockman Jr. was Dillon’s crew chief in 2019, Alexander returned in 2020 and stayed with the team until the end of the 2022 season. The changes were aimed at enhancing 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.

Andy Petree, executive vice president for RCR, stated that the organizational changes were made to support the NASCAR Cup Series program. Dillon, currently 28th in the Cup standings heading to Martinsville, has one top-20 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 16th place.

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