Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon will have a new crew chief when the Sprint Cup Series resumes racing next week at Sonoma Raceway as the team has replaced crew chief Gil Martin with Richard "Slugger" Labbe.
Dillon, in his second year as a full-time Sprint Cup driver and grandson of team owner Richard Childress, is 23rd in the series standings, well behind his RCR teammates Paul Menard (12th) and Ryan Newman (16th). He has just one top-10 finish in 15 races this year and has just three finishes better than 20th in his past 10 races.
Labbe, who has won races as a crew chief at Daytona and Indianapolis and whose most recent full-time crew-chief job at the Cup level was with RCR's Menard from 2010 to 2014, has spent this season heading up RCR's research and development efforts. He also would crew chief the Circle Sport Racing No. 33 car when it was driven by an RCR driver with RCR equipment.
Martin will take over Labbe's research and development role.