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Racin’ News: New Cup Crew Chief For Jeff Burton

| , RacinToday.com Monday, July 25 2011

Richard Childress gives driver Jeff Burton a new crew chief. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

Racin’ news today, Monday, July 26:

(In this package – New crew chief for Burton; Cal Wells out at Waltrip)

Luke Lambert has been named interim crew chief for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Caterpillar/Chevrolet team with driver Jeff Burton in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Lambert replaces veteran crew chief Todd Berrier.

“Todd has been an important part of RCR’s success for many years,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “He is still employed and under contract and his role with RCR will be determined in the near future.”

Berrier has been an RCR employee since 1994.

This will be Lambert’s first stint as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief. The 28-year-old has been with RCR since September 2005. He was named a team engineer for the No. 31 program in 2008. He is a 2005 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

“Luke will be the interim crew chief until further notice,” said Childress. “He has a strong grasp of the job requirements and an established line of communication with Jeff (Burton) so we have every confidence that he will do a great job.”

Burton and the No. 31 team are 25th in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after 19 races. Burton has qualified three times (2006-2008) for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“I’m honored that Richard and Jeff have the confidence in me to lead the Cat Racing team,” said Lambert. “This is a talented group of guys who know what it takes and has been successful so there’s no reason to think we can’t be successful moving forward.”

Michael Waltrip Racing and Cal Wells have mutually agreed to part ways it was announced today by co-owners Rob Kauffman and Michael Waltrip.  The separation is effective immediately.

Wells had been serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“We want to thank Cal for his strong contribution to getting Michael Waltrip Racing to where it is today. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors, ” said Kauffman. “We plan to go forward now with the solid management team that is in place, and bring MWR to the next level.”

(This package will be updated as news breaks today)

| , RacinToday.com Monday, July 25 2011
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