Monday, August 20, 2012

Harvick gets new (old) crew chief

Gil Martin, right, will handle crew chief duties for Kevin Harvick on an interim basis, multiple sources confirmed Monday. Above, Martin speaks with Elliott Sadler, left, during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February. (Todd Warshaw - Getty Images for NASCAR)

   Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick will have a new crew chief this weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway - his old one.
   Multiple sources confirmed on Monday Harvick's current crew chief, Shane Wilson, has been replaced on an interim basis by Gil Martin, who was replaced by Wilson. Martin is not expected to remain in the position on a long-term basis, sources said.

   Harvick is winless this season but remains in solid shape to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He is eighth in points - the Top 10 make the Chase after 26 races - and has three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 23 starts.

   Wilson's role within the Richard Childress Racing organization remains unclear.