NSCS: Shane Wilson In, Gil Martin Out for Kevin Harvick in 2012

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Richard Childress announced Wednesday that Shane Wilson will replace Gil Martin as crew chief of Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 team. Martin, who had previously been Harvick’s crew chief since May of 2009, has taken a position as director of team operations for Richard Childress Racing.

“Kevin came to me after the Phoenix (International Raceway) race a couple weeks ago and asked for a change in the leadership of his team for the 2012 season,” Childress said in a statement. “The expectations at RCR are to win championships, so the decision was made to move Shane Wilson.”

Wilson, who has plenty of experience on top of the pit box, spent three years as crew chief for Clint Bowyer. Bowyer’s No. 33 team is all but gone, as Bowyer made the move to join Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Wilson and Harvick worked together in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2006, winning 10 races, scoring 24 top-five finishes and winning the title by a record 824-points.

“Shane is a good friend of mine and we had a lot of success together in the Nationwide Series,” Harvick said. “He has a lot of experience now in (Cup), and I look forward to working with him again.”

Harvick finished third in the 2011 NSCS point standings, finishing behind both Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.

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