Burton will work with new crew chief

Jeff Burton will have a new crew chief for his Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup team effective immediately.

Luke Lambert has been named interim crew chief in place of veteran Todd Berrier. 

"Todd has been an important part of RCR’s success for many years," team owner Richard Childress said. "He is still employed and under contract and his role with RCR will be determined in the near future."

Berrier has been an RCR employee since 1994.

This will be Lambert’s first stint as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief. The 28-year-old has been with RCR since September 2005. He was named a team engineer for the No. 31 program in 2008. He is a 2005 graduate of North Carolina State with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

"Luke will be the interim crew chief until further notice," said Childress. "He has a strong grasp of the job requirements and an established line of communication with Jeff (Burton) so we have every confidence that he will do a great job."

Burton and Berrier have struggled this season, with Burton 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.

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Berrier joined Burton’s team in October of 2009, the same season in which he won the Budweiser Shootout with teammate Kevin Harvick and then spent the middle of the season working with teammate Casey Mears. He and Burton made the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2010, finishing 12th in the standings with six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He also won the 2007 Daytona 500 working with Harvick.

"I’m honored that Richard and Jeff have the confidence in me to lead the Cat Racing team," said Lambert. "This is a talented group of guys who know what it takes and has been successful so there’s no reason to think we can’t be successful moving forward."

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