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RCR Makes Organizational Changes in Pursuit of NASCAR Playoffs Spot at Martinsville Speedway

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Richard Childress Racing announces new crew chief personnel change

Hendrick Motorsports has a storied history at Martinsville Speedway, with the team boasting a winning record at the track. Geoff and Jimmie Johnson were among the drivers who helped cement their legacy at Martinsville with multiple victories. Now, Chase Elliott is looking to continue that tradition as he prepares for the upcoming race.

In preparation for the Martinsville race, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has made some competition personnel changes. 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 Keith Rodden, who had joined RCR and the No. 3 team at the start of the 2023 season. Additionally, Joel Keller has been appointed as the lead engineer for the No. 3 team.

Andy Petree, executive vice president of RCR, stated that these organizational changes were implemented to support RCR’s 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’s leadership of the No. 3 team while acknowledging his continued contributions in his new role within RCR.

Dillon currently sits at 28th place in the Cup standings but has 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 upcoming races at Martinsville and beyond.

Martinsville holds a special significance to Hendrick Motorsports, which has won an unprecedented seven Cup championships since its inception in 1975.

Rodden will be transitioning to a more extensive role within RCR’s organization to help enhance its capabilities as it aims for success on track.

Alexander has worked as Dillon’s crew chief on multiple occasions in the past, taking over midway through their first season together and guiding them to victory at Coca-Cola 600 in their first race together.

Rodden will be leaving his position as crew chief for Dillon but will continue contributing his valuable skills and experience within RCR’s organization.

By Samantha Nguyen

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