NASCAR & Auto Racing

Andrews out at Petty Enterprises

Doug Randolph is now crew chief of the No. 43 Dodges driven by Bobby Labonte at Petty Enterprises, replacing Paul Andrews, effective immediately.

Randolph, 41, has been in the sport for more than 20 years and most recently served as crew chief for Regan Smith in the NASCAR Busch Series.

“Looking at other options I felt working with everyone at Petty Enterprises was right for me,” Randolph said. “Bobby is a championship driver and the organization is very determined to get back to victory lane.”

Andrews, who won the Cup championship with Alan Kulwicki in the 1992 season, has 12 victories and 30 poles in his career as a crew chief in NASCAR’s top series. He has also worked with drivers Geoffrey Bodine, Jeremy Mayfield and Steve Park.

“Paul Andrews is a championship crew chief that did some great things during his time at Petty Enterprises,” said Robbie Loomis, vice president of race operations at Petty Enterprises. “He is a man of high character who built a solid team around Bobby Labonte. We wish Paul all the best.”

Tim Andrews, Paul’s son, will still be part of the Petty team’s driver development program. Tim Andrews is scheduled to drive in an Automobile Racing Club of America event at Talladega in October.