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Richard Childress Racing has announced a change in crew chief

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Apr 2, 2024

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

The relationship between Martinsville Speedway and the winningest Cup team, Hendrick Motorsports, is a special one. Rodden will be taking on a larger role across the organization to optimize the capabilities of the team’s cars. Alexander has worked with Dillon as his crew chief multiple times in the past, taking over the No. 3 team midway through the 2017 season and leading Dillon to a win in their first race together at the Coca-Cola 600.

Alexander remained as crew chief during the 2018 season, seeing Dillon take the checkered flag at the Daytona 500. Although Danny Stockman Jr. was Dillon’s crew chief in 2019, Alexander returned in 2020 and remained with the team through the end of the 2022 season. Alexander was on the pit box for Dillon’s wins at Texas in 2020 and Daytona in 2022, securing Dillon’s spot in the playoffs.

Andy Petree, RCR’s executive vice president, stated that the organizational changes were made to strengthen RCR’s NASCAR Cup Series program for the rest of the season and to secure playoff spots for two teams. He acknowledged the effective chemistry between Alexander and Dillon and expressed gratitude for Rodden’s leadership of the No. 3 team, noting the valuable contributions he will continue to make to RCR in his new role.

Dillon is currently 28th in the Cup standings as he heads to Martinsville, with one top-20 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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