Sunday, March 26, 2023

Larry McReynolds to Serve as Crew Chief For Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 3 RCR Team at Talladega

Larry McReynolds Jeffrey Earnhardt 2022 Talladega Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car
Legendary NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds will return as a crew chief for the first time in more than two decades, as he serves as the crew chief for the No. 3 RCR Xfinity Series team with Jeffrey Earnhardt at Talladega. Photo credit: Harold Hinson/HHP

After more than 20 years away from his tenure as a NASCAR crew chief, Larry McReynolds will end his, “sabbatical,” as he will serve as the crew chief for the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series team with driver Jeffrey Earnhardt next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

“Just for the record, at the end of 2000, I never used the word retired,” McReynolds quipped on FOX’s broadcast on Sunday. “I said sabbatical. It’s been a long sabbatical, but next Saturday, for the Xfinity race, Richard Childress has asked me to come back, sit on the box as a crew chief for the No. 3 car at Talladega with Jeffrey Earnhardt.”

The 63-year old McReynolds, of course, guided Dale Earnhardt, Sr. to his lone Daytona 500 win back in 1998, and the driver, crew chief pairing teamed for a second-place effort at Talladega in the spring of 1997. Now, he’ll look to help Jeffrey Earnhardt to a good finish on Saturday.

“Think about it, 25 years ago, I was his grandfather’s crew chief and we ran second in the Cup race in the spring of 1997,” McReynolds said. “So, I’m back on the box.”

Here is McReynolds breaking the news on the FOX NASCAR broadcast on Sunday:

McReynolds is a 23-time race winner as a crew chief in the NASCAR Cup Series, but McReynolds will be calling the shots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the first time Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Jeffrey Earnhardt, the grandson of the legendary seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, has made 135 starts throughout his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, and his best finish to date is a third-place effort at Charlotte back in 2019.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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  1. I am so pleased about this. I hope they win a couple and have lots of fun. Larry Mac has been getting a bad rap lately for his TV gig and I am so sick of 20 somethings judging our older heroes and chasing them out. I hope he dedicates his first win to those mean little shits

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