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Berrier out as crew chief for Burton, No. 31

July 25, 2011, Team Release,

WELCOME, N.C. -- Luke Lambert has been named interim crew chief for Richard Childress Racing's No. 31 Chevrolet team with driver Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series. Lambert replaces veteran crew chief 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 Cup Series 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 University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

"Luke will be the interim crew chief until further notice," Childress said. "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 the No. 31 team are 25th in the Cup Series points standings after 19 races. Burton has qualified for the Chase three times (2006-2008). Berrier became crew chief for Burton and the No. 31 in November 2009 at Talladega. In 59 races together, Burton and Berrier amassed nine top-fives and 19 top-10s. But Burton is winless in 96 races and hasn't posted a top-10 since October 2010.

"I'm honored that Richard and Jeff have the confidence in me to lead the Cat Racing team," Lambert said. "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."