Richard Childress Racing has announced significant personnel changes ahead of its trip to Martinsville Speedway. These changes include Austin Dillon getting a new crew chief for the remainder of the season, as Justin Alexander returns to the No. 3 pit box, replacing Keith Roden, who originally joined RCR and the third team at the start of the 2023 season. In addition, Joel Keller has been named the third team’s chief engineer.

The winningest Cup team and Martinsville Speedway have a special relationship. Roden is ready to take on a bigger role across the organization to improve the performance of the team’s cars. Alexander, who previously served as Dillon’s crew chief, previously ran the third team for part of the 2017 season and helped Dillon secure a Coca-Cola 600 victory in their first race together. He also stayed in the pits in 2018 when Dillon won the Daytona 500.

Danny Stockman Jr. was Dillon’s crew chief in 2019, but Alexander returned in 2020 and remained with the No. 3 team until the end of the 2022 season. Alexander was in charge when Dillon won at Texas in 2020 and Daytona in 2022, securing Dillon a playoff spot. The changes were made to improve Richard Childress Racing’s overall NASCAR Cup Series program as it prepares for the rest of the season and to ensure two teams in

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