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NASCAR Cup: Andy Petree serves as advisor for Richard Childress Racing

Andy Petree (right) with former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Andy Petree (right) with former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

In an effort to improve performance, Richard Childress Racing has called on Andy Petree to assist in an advisory role, according to an announcement from RCR on Wednesday.

“We welcome Andy to RCR in an advisory role,” RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress said. “Andy is someone I’ve known for many years,  and his knowledge of our industry runs deep. He is well respected within our community and will provide a fresh perspective as we evaluate opportunities to improve.”

Richard Childress Racing has been to victory lane twice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, with one win each for Ryan Newman and another for Austin Dillon. RCR fields three cars in the Cup Series, also fielding a car for Paul Menard. Menard, though, is leaving Richard Childress Racing at season’s end and taking sponsor Menards with him.

As a result of their wins, both Newman and Dillon were among the 16 drivers to make the 2017 playoffs, but both drivers were eliminated in the first round. Dillon is 14th and Newman 16 in the points standings, heading into the final four races of the 2017 season.

Petree is familiar to Richard Childress Racing, as he’s a former RCR crew chief. He was atop the pit box for Dale Earnhardt’s final two Cup Series championships in 1993 and 1994. Petree was Earnhardt’s crew chief at RCR through 1995 before leaving to start his own Cup Series race team, Andy Petree Racing, where he also filled the position of crew chief.

As a crew chief, Petree also worked with drivers including Harry Gant and Phil Parsons. As an owner/crew chief, Petree worked with drivers including Todd Bodine Robert Pressley, Ken Schrader and Joe Nemechek.

Petree also has limited experience as a NASCAR national series driver, making 12 starts, combined, between the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series. He posted one-career top-10 finish as a driver.

Petree was a crew chief for 392 Cup Series races, resulting in 25 wins, 113 top-fives, 177 top-10s and two championships.

Most recently, Petree’s NASCAR career has put him in the TV broadcast booth.

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