Slugger Labbe Takes Over Crew Chief on Austin Dillon’s #3

Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing Announces Crew Chief Changes on Sprint Cup Program
Slugger Labbe to take over No. 3, Gil Martin to take over R&D leadership role

Welcome, N.C. (June 15, 2015) – Richard Childress Racing has made a change in crew chiefs for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program, effective immediately.

Veteran crew chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe will assume crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/Cheerios/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS team with Austin Dillon as the driver. Labbe’s first race with the team will be the Sonoma Raceway road-course event on Sunday, June 28.

Labbe’s wins include the 2003 Daytona 500 and 2011 Brickyard 400 championship, as part of 433 Cup starts to his credit. Dillon, a two-time NASCAR champion, is currently 23rd in driver’s points standings.

Martin will move into a leadership role within the RCR R&D Department, taking over Labbe’s responsibilities. As a Sprint Cup crew chief, Martin has visited Victory Lane 16 times in 472 NSCS starts, including a 2003 Brickyard 400 victory, and has finished in the top-10 in year-end championship points seven times. Martin also has eight wins to his credit in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.