Doug Richert Back on Top of Pit Box

Lee FraserCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

DAYTONA, FL - JULY 06: Doug Richert, crew chief of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, driven by Brian Vickers, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2007 in Daytona, Florida.   (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

News coming out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Tuesday puts veteran crew chief Doug Richert back on a Sprint Cup Series pit box, for the No. 7 car and driver Robby Gordon, for Robby Gordon Motorsports.

Richert, who won the 1980 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship with Dale Earnhardt, had been out of a job since July, when he was released by Gunselman Motorsports, being the crew chief, for Geoff and Todd Bodine.

Richert's last endeavor as crew chief before the Gunselman team was with Dale Earnhardt Inc. with driver Regan Smith in the beginning of 2008, before being replaced by Dan Stillman, in the middle of the year.

Before that, Richert was the crew chief of The Red Bull Racing team with driver Brian Vickers in 2007. Richert was also released from that job at the end of that season.

He's also been spent time as Mike Skinner's crew chief, in the Camping World Truck Series, before being released once again.

His latest success, though, was serving as chief for Greg Biffle with the No. 16 team crew until 2006. Richert was seen with Biffle in the Subway commercial where Biffle is driving the car and he's in the passenger seat and the police pull them over and they're driving like crazy because of the hot subs. 

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Richert, although being bounced around as late, is a good hire for this job. He's been working for Robby's team as a spotter lately, and seems to have a good relationship with Gordon, who for many people, can be tough to get along with.

Richert replaced Kirk Almquist, who joined Robby's team in the middle of last season, and the car has not been running that good with Almquist at the helm. Almquist will retire, and go back to his home in California.

"Doug brings the experience and knowledge to the table to our team, which I hope will evaluate our team at the Cup level. He has spotted for us since early June, but we are all happy to have Doug come on board as crew chief this weekend. He will fill this roll for the final five races, and we will see where is goes from there..." 

Richert says he's excited to be a part of the RGM team. "This opportunity will allow me to be more hands-on in the decisions of the No. 7, which I hope will directly improve the team's performance. I am looking forward to the rest of the year, and continuing to push forward."

Richert and Gordon will give it a first go around this weekend at Martinsville, on Sunday.

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