Blaneys Crew Chief Resigns

HIGH POINT, N.C. –- Gil Martin has resigned as crew chief for NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dave Blaney because of the team's "stalled" progress.

Doug Randolph will replace Martin for the No. 93 Team at Bill Davis Racing beginning with this weekend’s Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

The 35-year old Randolph joined Bill Davis Racing in February 1999 to support Crew Chief Tom Baldwin Jr. as his car chief on the No. 22 Pontiac for driver Ward Burton. Martin had been with Blaney for almost three seasons.

Randolph, a native of Morristown, Tenn., began his motorsports career while a student at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology. During college, Randolph worked as weekend help for the NASCAR Busch Series team of veteran driver L.D. Ottinger.

"Doug Randolph has played a significant role in the success of the No. 22 program, working right beside one of the best young crew chiefs in the sport in Tommy Baldwin Jr., and we felt his hard work had earned him the opportunity to fill the crew chief’s role with the No. 93 team," car owner Bill Davis said. "The No. 22 team has found a great deal of chemistry within the group that has certainly been a big part of their success so far in 2000 and we hope Doug can generate the same with Dave Blaney and the No. 93 team.

"Gil Martin is to be given an enormous amount of credit for bringing a driver who came from outside the NASCAR ranks and putting together a successful program for Dave Blaney in the Busch Series and getting that program ready for the move to Winston Cup this season. But we also felt that at the season’s mid-point that Dave’s team had stalled in its progress. We talked and both sides agreed there needed to be a change to help Dave and the Amoco team move forward."

Randolph moves to the No. 93 team from the front-running No. 22 program, currently ranked fourth with Burton in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings 214 points behind points leader Bobby Labonte. Entering this weekend’s race at Pocono, Blaney ranks third in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings behind Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and is ranked 33rd in the overall WC standings, 138 points behind Elliott Sadler -- the 1999 rookie of the year runner-up.

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