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Wilson Out As Harvick’s Crew Chief

Shane Wilson talks to Kevin Harvick during practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. [1]Shane Wilson is out as crew chief for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 Sprint Cup Chevy and driver Kevin Harvick, according to FoxSports.com [2].

Gil Martin will replace Wilson as Harvick’s crew chief. Martin served as Harvick’s crew chief from 2009 until 2011, when he was replaced by Wilson.

Wilson will remain with the organization, but team owner Richard Childress indicated that he wasn’t sure in what capacity. Childress also called Martin’s position a “temporary situation,” indicating that Harvick could have a different crew chief in the future.

Harvick and Wilson struggled this season, though they sit eighth in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Harvick has three top 5s, and nine top 10s. After 23 races in 2011, Harvick was third in points, with three wins, six top 5s, and 11 top 10s. It has been 33 races since Harvick’s last win.