Matt Borland named crew chief of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 27 team

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Matt Borland will assume crew chief duties of the No. 27 Sprint Cup Series team at Richard Childress Racing at the conclusion of the 2016 season the organization announced Wednesday.

Borland will replace Danny Stockman, who has been the interim crew chief for Paul Menard since Pocono Raceway in July. Stockman will return to the Xfinity Series program.

“Matt’s experience as an engineer in both NASCAR and Formula 1 will be critically important to the growth of RCR’s Sprint Cup Series program,” team owner Richard Childress said in a team release. “He has an impressive background and will be a great resource to our racing operations.”

Menard is 25th in points entering this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway with two top-10 finishes in 33 starts. The team also has six DNF’s.

“We thank Danny (Stockman) for his time as interim crew chief of the No. 27 team and look forward to having him back next season as a crew chief in our Xfinity Series program,” Childress said. “Danny has played an integral role in our Xfinity Series success and we’ll have a forthcoming announcement on his new responsibility.”

Borland’s most recent role was vice president of technology at Stewart-Haas Racing, overseeing the organization’s NASCAR and Formula 1 programs. He also served in other roles at SHR from 2009-16, including vice president of competition and crew chief.

In 243 starts as a Cup crew chief, working with drivers Ryan Newman, Dale Jarrett, Max Papis, Scott Riggs, and Boris Said, Borland has 13 career wins. The wins came with Newman, who drives the No. 31 car at RCR.

“Richard Childress Racing is one of NASCAR’s most prestigious race teams with a storied history, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this organization,” Borland said in the team release. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Dr. Eric Warren and the staff of talented engineers and employees. I’m confident my experience in various forms of motorsports will contribute to RCR’s continued success on track.”

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