Effective immediately, Richard Childress has made some changes to the staffing of their No. 3 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry and their No. 2 NASCAR Xfinity entry. The personnel all have resumes that include other Chevrolet teams in garage.
RCR reported that “Slugger” Labbe is leaving the Chevy-based team to seek other opportunities. Labbe was recently a guest analyst on Fox Sports during the All-Star Race broadcast this past weekend, but no mention was made at that time of the change.
Former NASCAR Xfinity crew chief of the No. 2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet, Justin Alexander is being promoted and assuming crew chief responsibilities going forward for RCR’s No. 3 entry in the MENCS. The No. 3 car is driven by team owner, Richard Childress’ grandson, Austin Dillon.
Prior to working at RCR, Alexander served in various engineering roles at another Chevrolet team in Concord-based Hendrick Motorsports. Alexander has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. His first race will be the Cup’s longest race of the season — the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Alexander is no stranger to the Cup pit box though. In 2015, he made the calls for the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet SS that led the car to the Cup playoffs.
Former JTG Daugherty Racing crew chief, Randall Burnett will take over the crew chief duties for the No. 2 NASCAR Xfinity car. He has previous experience as a crew chief at RCR’s technical partner JTG Daugherty Racing. Burnett was recently replaced at JTG by Ernie Cope. Prior to JTG Daugherty Racing, he spent 10 years as an engineer at Chip Ganassi Racing.
Source: Richard Childress Racing – RCR Announces Competition Changes to Cup and XFINITY Series Programs