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Kevin Harvick Reunites With Gil Martin

Kevin Harvick will be reuniting with an old teammate this upcoming weekend at Bristol.

It was announced Monday on the NASCAR website that Harvick will have a new crew chief for the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stepping in as Harvick’s new crew chief is Gil Martin, replacing Shane Wilson.

Richard Childress Racing confirmed the move to NASCAR.com. Harvick has not won a race since the 2011 season.  Prior to becoming Harvick’s crew chief in the 2012 season, Wilson was the former crew chief for former RCR driver Clint Bowyer. Wilson along with Bowyer won two races in the No.33 car last season.

Since Martin left the top of the No.29 pit box after the 2011 season, Martin became the director of competition for RCR’s Nationwide Series program.  During Martin’s time as Harvick’s crew chief, the No.29 team won three cup races in 2010 where Harvick finished third within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. The pair also won four races in 2011 and for the second consecutive year Harvick finished third in the point standings.

Heading into the weekend at Bristol, Harvick will go into Saturday night’s race currently sitting eighth in the point standings. In 22 races Harvick has posted three top fives and nine top-ten finishes.

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