Kevin Harvick back with crew chief

Updated: August 21, 2012, 9:46 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick will reunite with crew chief Gil Martin beginning with Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a spokesperson from Richard Childress Racing confirmed on Monday.

Martin will replace Shane Wilson.

Harvick finished third in the standings in 2010 and 2011 with Martin, but team owner Richard Childress made a switch after last season to see if Wilson could take the team to a higher level.

After recording eight top 10s in the first 15 races, Harvick has only one in the past eight to fall to eighth in points. He also is winless on the season.

Martin had been working with Wilson to improve the team over the past few weeks. On Monday it was decided to make the switch with Harvick becoming more and more critical about changes to the car during the race.

Harvick started 20th and finished 16th on Sunday at Michigan.

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