Paul Menard will have new crew chief after Charlotte

Slugger Labbe’s last race as the crew chief of the No. 27 Menard Chevrolet will come at Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.

At that time Paul Menard will get a new crew chief in 33-year-old Justin Alexander who currently serves as a race engineer on the team.

Labbe will be transitioning to a role as in Richard Childress Racing’s research and development department.

“I appreciate the opportunity RCR is giving me to lead the No. 27 team and Paul,” Alexander said. “Working with Slugger has been a great learning experience and I appreciate him helping me make the transition into this new role.”

Labbe has been with RCR since 2010 serving as the crew chief for Menard. The two earned one win in 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The veteran crew chief who has also seen time at Robert Yates Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and DEI Inc. says he is looking forward to his new role with RCR.

“I’m looking forward to slowing down in my NASCAR career a little bit and spending more time with my family,” Labbe said. “This is a good move for RCR, Paul and the No. 27 team, and I’m going to be there to help Justin with the upcoming transition.”

Menard is currently 21st in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.