Wednesday, October 21, 2009

RCR Continues To Rebuild In Hopes Of Getting Back Into Championship Form

In an attempt to get back into victory lane after going winless since October 11 of last season with Jeff Burton picking up the victory at Charlotte, Richard Childress Racing will continue their rebuilding process by reorganizing their current crew chief situation in time for the 2010 season.

It's been 15 long years since RCR has tasted the fruits of winning a championship, with the last one coming back in 1994, when Dale Earnhardt, Sr. won his seventh overall and sixth with the organization.

RCR is once again not being represented in the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, making this the third year that the organization has missed the postseason party.

Childress, who is no stranger to winning races with 180 victories, is also the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series.

Following this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Todd Berrier will take over the crew chief duties of the No. 31 Caterpillar team with driver Jeff Burton, while Doug Randolph assumes Berrier’s duties on the No. 07 Jack Daniel’s team with driver Casey Mears.

Scott Miller, who has led the No. 31 team since 2005, will move fulltime to the director of competition position he was named to in September.

Berrier was also the crew chief who led Kevin Harvick, who drives the No. 29 Shell sponsored car for RCR, to his Daytona 500 victory in 2007, as well as his Brickyard victory in 2003.

Berrier is one of the few crew chiefs that has won races in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and the Camping World Trucks with 19.

Berrier also led Harvick to his Busch series championship in 2001, the same year that Harvick took over the driving duties in the No. 3 after the untimely death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Berrier began his career at RCR in 1994, where he was a fabricator.

“I said previously that RCR would continue to adjust our team lineups in order to have the right personnel in place and this is the next step in that process,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing.

“Todd and Doug are all proven winners so the goal of these moves is to put them in the best situations to continue that success. I’m confident that making these changes now will be a benefit to the teams for the rest of this season as well as in preparing for 2010.”

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