Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/29/11

DAVIDSON, NC - OCTOBER 14: NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is locked up for charity at the NASCAR Second Annual Jail & Bail held at Brickhouse Tavern October 14, 2009 in Davidson, North Carolina. Funds raised during the event will go to The NASCAR Foundation and Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)

NASCAR Silly Season continues with a number of major changes across several teams. 2011 champion Tony Stewart, RCR's Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya all will have new crew chiefs for the 2012 season.

The biggest news is that Steve Addington is joining Stewart-Haas Racing as Tony Stewart's crew chief, taking the place of championship-winning Darian Grubb. After winning the title at Homestead, Grubb said that he had been informed earlier in the Chase that he would not be returning as Stewart's crew chief in 2012. Apparently winning the Chase didn't alter that plan.

Addington, whose most recent jobs have been as crew chief for Kyle and Kurt Busch, must be a glutton for punishment, having suffered under two of the most difficult drivers to deal with in recent years. While Tony Stewart has mellowed out in recent years, he's still demanding and is certainly no Jeff Burton or Mark Martin.

Shane Wilson is the new crew chief for Richard Childress Racing's Kevin Harvick. The two teamed up in 2006 to capture the Nationwide Series title, winning a then-record 10 races along the way. Last season, Wilson was the crew chief for the now defunct No. 33 Sprint Cup entry, as former RCR driver Clint Bowyer left for Michael Waltrip Racing after the 2011 season.

Gil Martin, crew chief of the No. 29 for the past two and a half seasons, is the new director of team operations at RCR after guiding Harvick to third-place points finishes in each of the last two seasons.

Jeff Burton's new crew chief is Drew Blickensderfer, who was the crew chief for David Ragan's No. 6 team in 2011. Burton's No. 31 team underwent a crew chief change in the middle of last season, and interim crew chief Luke Lambert take on a different position at RCR.

Finally, Juan Pablo Montoya's new crew chief is Chris Heroy. Heroy joins Earnhardt Ganassi Racing after spending the previous seven years as lead engineer on the No. 5 and No. 88 cars for Hendrick Motorsports. He also performed crew chief duties for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson for several Nationwide Series races in the 2011 season.

Montoya has gone through a number of crew chiefs throughout his five-year Sprint Cup career. Interim crew chief Jim Pohlman, who took over the No. 42 team at the end of July, will remain with the organization.

Stay tuned to sports-at-work.com/motorsports for continuing NASCAR coverage and analysis!

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