Richard Childress Racing Swapping Two Of His Teams Crews After Talladega

Horn FanSenior Writer IApril 23, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 09:  Team owner Richard Childress speaks with Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, prior to practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2008 in Daytona, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kevin Harvick's currently in a rut, sits 16th in the points, and is riding a 79 winless streak.

Casey Mears stepped into a ready made team, should be in the top 12, but sits 22nd in the points and his best finish this season is 15th at Daytona.

So Richard Childress has opted to swap the crews between both Harvick and Mears and will take effect after the Talladega race weekend.

This means that crew chief Todd Berrier and crew will be moved to Mears in the No. 07. Then crew chief Gil Martin and crew are moving to Harvick's No. 29.

It includes virtually all the personnel involved with both cars and the lone exception will be the spotters.

"The decision to interchange the 29 and 07 teams was made to make both programs stronger more successful," Childress said in a news release of the cars fielded for Harvick and Mears respectively.

"Our main objective has always been to have all four RCR's teams qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Neither team has had success this season that we know they're capable of, so we decided it was time to make a change to improve the two teams and the over all strength of RCR."

"We feel this change positions us to achieve that goal."

Harvick and Berrier were first paired together in the Nationwide Series in 2000 and won a championship together in the series in 2001.

They've been paired together since March 2003 in Cup, recorded eight wins together, including their memorable 2007 Daytona 500 win.

Martin has also worked with Harvick. In 2002, the duo won a race together and in March 2003 he was promoted to team manager.

Martin's worked with Clint Bowyer and did a great job with him in both the Nationwide and Cup.

Berrier's been with RCR since 1994 and Martin since 2001. Both have proven track records, are winners, and both lead successful crews.

I like the move made by Childress, most definitely he has a championship caliber driver in Happy and he needed to make a change to rejuvenated his driver.

Martin and crew have proven themselves as a very capable team, with what they have done with Bowyer in the past and they'll click well with Happy.

Now Berrier and crew are also a great team together and sure they'll also click with Mears.

I also like the crew members also being swapped along with their crew chief and just not swapping the crew chiefs.

We'll see in the coming weeks just how well this move has worked out and we'll see Happy back in Victory Lane soon.