Brian Pattie, a veteran crew chief in the NASCAR Cup Series, will be taking his wealth of knowledge to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2023, announcing Wednesday that he’ll join Kyle Busch Motorsports as crew chief of the No. 51 Chevrolet Silverado.
Pattie, who has spent the last 14 seasons as a full-time crew chief at NASCAR’s top level, has amassed six victories, 57 top-five results, and 131 results inside the top-10, throughout his 528 starts on the pit box.
A Florida-native, Pattie has been a fixture in the program of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over the last six season, throughout the end of his tenure with Roush Fenway Racing, and the beginning of his term with JTG Daugherty Racing.
Over the last six years, being partnered with Stenhouse, Pattie has played a part in two wins, 13 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes, as well as career-best points finish of 13th-place for the Mississippi driver in 2017.
“As a racer, your ultimate goal is to be in a position where you can win races and the opportunity to work with Kyle and the other drivers on the No. 51 truck is one that I just couldn’t turn down,” Pattie said. “I’ve known Kyle since the early 2000’s when I was his crew chief for his first handful of Busch Series races and the same determination that I saw from him back then as a driver I’ve witnessed from afar as he’s built the most successful team in the history of the Truck Series. I’m very excited for the chance to reunite with him and grateful that he has the confidence in me to come in and help carry on the winning tradition he has established, which I plan to do for many years to come.”
Kyle Busch Motorsports enters a new era of its existence in 2023, leaving Toyota to field a pair of Chevrolet Silverados. The organization, which debuted in 2010, has amassed a series-leading 98 victories, 47 of which have come at the hands of team owner Kyle Busch.
“I’ve known Brian since my early days in NASCAR and he’s one of the smartest and hard-working crew chiefs in all the garage, so to be able to bring a guy of his caliber to KBM is a huge win for our organization,” Busch said. “He’s been a crew chief under the Chevrolet banner for the last three seasons at the Cup Level, so his knowledge of the way they operate and what tools and technologies they provide their teams will be very beneficial as we transition to that camp.”
Pattie takes over the reins of the No. 51 Chevrolet Silverado from Mardy Lindley, who has parted ways with the organization, per a team release. Jack Wood will be the anchor driver of the entry, with Kyle Busch, and a number of other Chevrolet-backed Xfinity and Cup Series drivers taking turns in the entry.