RCR Makes Nationwide Crew Chief Change
Richard Childress Racing has made changes to the crew chief positions of the No. 29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express team and No. 2 Chevrolet team.
Doug Randolph will assume the crew chief duties for RCR’s No. 29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express Chevrolet while Dan Deeringhoff, who led Clint Bowyer to the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, will move over to head up Austin Dillon’s driver development program.
Former crew chief, Rich Lavalette, will serve as Dillon’s car chief under Deeringhoff.
Randolph, who began his stock car racing career in 1984, has been a crew chief in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series ranks since 2000. His resume includes stops at Chip Ganassi Racing, ppc Racing, MB2 Motorsports, Petty Enterprises and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Most recently, Randolph served as crew chief for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Chevrolet with driver Aric Almirola.
“This will definitely enhance our Nationwide Series programs,” said Mike Dillon, RCR’s Vice President of Competition. “We were lucky that a Sprint Cup Series-caliber crew chief like Doug Randolph was available. Our Nationwide Series program has been very successful over the past several seasons, but we felt like it was time for a change to get us back on the right track this year.”
Deeringhoff will turn his attention to Dillon’s Nationwide Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Camping World East and West Series efforts.
“Moving Dan over to help Austin will be very beneficial,” said Mike Dillon. “Austin will have a championship-winning crew chief teaching him the ropes. This is going to help speed up Austin’s learning curve. Rich (Lavalette) has done a great job and this change will give him the opportunity learns more from Dan.”
The No. 29 Holiday Inn Racing team is currently ninth the NNS owners’ standings and has two top-five and six top-10 finishes to its credit with 25 races remaining on the 2009 schedule.
“I’m excited to join RCR and I’m looking forward to working with Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer and Stephen Leicht this season,” Randolph said. “RCR has had so much success in the Nationwide Series and I’m honored to be a part of this organization. There are few challenges we need to overcome in order to get the
No. 29 back to championship form, but the team is not far off. The challenges are what make our jobs exciting. I’m looking forward to next weekend in Charlotte.”
Deeringhoff’s transition will bring him back to RCR’s flagship No. 2 Chevrolet. The Walla Walla, Wash., native’s new assignment will take full effect following this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World East/West Challenge in Iowa Speedway. Dillon’s next scheduled NNS event will be at Kentucky Speedway in June.
“I am all in for the changes that were made,” Deeringhoff said. “To be able to bring in a talent like Doug (Randolph) will do nothing but help this organization. He’s been around the sport for a long time and his knowledge will really help all of our efforts in the Nationwide shop. I’m especially excited to be working with Austin (Dillon). He is a talented young driver and I hope that with my experience and his eagerness to learn, we can be successful.”
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