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Martin to return as Harvick's crew chief

August 21, 2012, David Caraviello,

Kevin Harvick will have a new crew chief at Bristol Motor Speedway, and it will be a familiar face.

Gil Martin, who won eight races with Harvick in previous stints, returns to the No. 29 pit box this weekend at Bristol, Richard Childress Racing has confirmed. Previously the team's director of competition for the Nationwide Series, Martin replaces Shane Wilson, with whom Harvick has gone winless to this point in the season.

The move comes amid a sluggish season on the Sprint Cup tour for RCR, which has yet to win a race at NASCAR's top level. After consecutive third-place finishes in final points over the past two seasons, Harvick currently stands eighth. He's the only RCR driver with a realistic hope of qualifying for the Chase, given that teammates Paul Menard and Jeff Burton are 15th and 20th in the standings, respectively.

Martin and Harvick won three races together in 2010 and four more in 2011. The organization consolidated from four Cup entries to three for this season, leading RCR to shuffle its personnel after last season and move Wilson -- who won two races with former RCR driver Clint Bowyer and had great success with Harvick in Nationwide -- to the No. 29 car. The two got off to a promising start, but Harvick has finished inside the top 10 just once in his past eight races.

The change takes effect this week at Bristol, where Harvick has one career victory, that coming with interim crew chief Scott Miller in spring 2005.