Richard Childress Racing makes crew chief change

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Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Richard “Slugger” Labbe has replaced Gil Martin as Austin Dillon’s crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The change is effective immediately.

RCR announced that Martin will move into a leadership role within the organization’s R&D department, taking over Labbe’s responsibilities. Among Labbe’s victories are the 2003 Daytona 500 with Michael Waltrip and the 2011 Brickyard 400 with Paul Menard.

Dillon is 23rd in the points with one top-10 finish in 15 races. Dillon finished 20th in points last season with four top-10 finishes in his rookie season a year ago.