NASCAR: Richard Childress Racing latest team to make crew chief change

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Richard Childress Racing named Luke Lambert to temporarily replace Todd Berrier on the No. 31 Chevrolet of veteran driver Jeff Burton (shown).

By: Al Pearce on 7/25/2011

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NASCAR's annual “silly season” on Monday continued--once again involving crew chiefs--when Richard Childress Racing named Luke Lambert to temporarily replace Todd Berrier on the No. 31 Chevrolet of veteran driver Jeff Burton.

It's the fourth Sprint Cup Series crew chief change in recent weeks, following Matt Puccia-for-Greg Erwin on Greg Biffle's No. 16 Ford at Roush Fenway Racing, Erwin-for-Mike Shiplett on A. J. Allmendinger's No. 43 Ford at Richard Petty Motorsports and Jim Pohlman-for-Brian Pattie on Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet at Earnhardt-Ganassi-Sabates Racing.

Burton is winless this year and 25th in Cup Series points, with almost no chance of making the 12-driver Chase for the Championship that concludes the year.

“Todd has been an important part of RCR's success for many years,” said team owner Richard Childress. “He's still employed and under contract, and his role with RCR will be determined in the near future. Luke [is an engineer within the team who] will be the interim crew chief until further notice.”

Two management/administrative changes also have been made in recent days. Cal Wells left his post as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Michael Waltrip Racing, while Brian Moffitt replaced Lisa Brown as chief executive officer at Richard Petty Motorsports, the team co-owned by his father-in-law.

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