Slugger Labbe to serve last race as Paul Menard’s crew chief this Sunday at Kansas

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Richard “Slugger” Labbe will step aside as Paul Menard’s crew chief, effective following this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway.

Labbe will remain with Richard Childress Racing and take a leadership role in research and development, according to SportingNews.com.

Justin Alexander, who has served as race engineer for the No. 27 team, will assume his new role as Menard’s crew chief at Talladega.

“I’m looking forward to slowing down in my NASCAR career a little bit and spending more time with my family,” Labbe said in a team media release. “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.

“With NASCAR’s new rules for 2015, this is a unique opportunity for me to help RCR grow and be successful by helping out with their R&D efforts.”

Labbe has been Menard’s crew chief since 2010. The pair combined to earn Menard’s first and only Sprint Cup victory in the 2011 Brickyard 400, as well as 13 top-10 and 43 top-10 finishes.

Menard is currently 20th in the Sprint Cup standings.

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