Drew Blickensderfer named crew chief for Jeff Burton

It seems to be the off-season of the crew chief.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup season ended just eight days ago and three teams have already announced changes on top of the pit box for 2012.

Richard Childress Racing announced today that Drew Blickensderfer, former crew chief for David Ragan, would be on the pit box for Jeff Burton for next season.

This is the second crew chief change for Richard Childress Racing. It was announced that week that Shane Wilson would replace Gil Martin as crew chief for the No. 29 Budweiser/Jimmy Johns Chevrolet. Martin was named as director of team operations for RCR.

Blickensderfer replaces Luke Lambert, who took the job on an interim basis after Todd Berrier was released in July.  The release mentioned that Lambert will stay with the organization in a to-be-determined position.

“I’m excited about the move to RCR and the opportunity to help lead Jeff Burton and the Cat/Wheaties Racing team back into Chase contention,” said Blickensderfer. “I was around Jeff briefly at RFR and always admired and liked him. He’s a very talented driver and I look forward to working him and the rest of the No. 31 team in 2012.”

Burton finished 20th in the 2011 standings after making the Chase in four of the previous five years.

When asked about Blickensderfer coming to Richard Childress Racing, team owner Richard Childress said “”Drew is a strong leader and will be a great complement to the Caterpillar/Wheaties Racing team. He’s won some big races, including the 2009 Daytona 500, his first race as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief. There’s every reason to believe the combination of Jeff and Drew will be a successful one.”

Richard Childress Racing also announced that Richard “Slugger” Labbe will remain as the crew chief for the No. 27 Menards Racing team in 2012 and that  further personnel changes within RCR’s competition department will be announced in the coming weeks.

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