Close this search box.


ThorSport Racing Makes Crew Chief Changes Heading Into Gateway; Shane Wilson No Longer With Team

Matt Crafton crew chief Shane Wilson leaves ThorSport Ben Rhodes crew chief swap
Matt Crafton crew chief Shane Wilson leaves ThorSport Ben Rhodes crew chief swap
Shane Wilson, who had been serving as crew chief for Matt Crafton, has parted ways with ThorSport Racing, and the team has made some changes at the crew chief position. Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance

Heading into this weekend’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, ThorSport Racing has shaken up its crew chief lineup a little bit.

Veteran crew chief Shane Wilson, who had been serving as Matt Crafton’s crew chief this year, is no longer with the team, a ThorSport Racing representative confirmed to on Thursday.

Jeriod Prince, who won this past weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the crew chief for Ben Rhodes, will move over to serve as the crew chief for Crafton and the No. 88 Ford F-150 team.

Brian Ross, who has served as the lead engineer for ThorSport Racing, will become the new crew chief for Rhodes and the No. 99 team.

Crafton, 46, has had a rough start to the season by his standards. The three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, prior to the swap, was on pace for his worst average finish (13.4) in a season since the 2006 season (13.8).

Through the opening 11 races of the year, Crafton has just one top-five finish and four top-10s. The California native will look to boost his 2023 numbers with a new crew chief atop the box.

Crafton started the 2022 season with Jeff Hensley as his crew chief. By the 15th race of the season, Hensley moved over to GMS Racing as the crew chief for Grant Enfinger. Bud Haefele would serve as the crew chief for Crafton in three races before Wilson took over for the final six races of the 2022 campaign.

Junior Joiner was the longtime crew chief for Crafton, as Joiner sat atop the No. 88 pit box from the 2012 season through 2021. Together, the duo racked up 13 of Crafton’s 15-career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins, and all three of Crafton’s championships in the Truck Series came with Joiner as his crew chief.

The veteran racer has been trying to find consistency from the crew chief position ever since Joiner stepped down following the 2021 season.

share it

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Post

Rick Hendrick pace car driver for the 2024 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Rick Hendrick to Pace the Field for Brickyard 400 in Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
IMSA Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Martinsville Speedway details How to buy tickets 2024 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series double header Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300
Martinsville Speedway Hosting 100-Lap IMSA MX-5 Cup Race in October
ARCA Menards Series Indianapolis Raceway Park IRP entry list race preview 2024
Spinning Circles At IRP, Previewing the Circle City 200
IROC partners with True Value in brand's return at Lime Rock Park 2024 Ray Evernham drivers that will be at IROC exhibition at Lime Rock
True Value Returns as IROC Partner; Drivers Announced for IROC Exhibition at Lime Rock Park
NASCAR penalty report Pocono Raceway RJ Otto Cordell Cahill 23XI Racing Bret Holmes Racing Phil Gould Niece Motorsports
NASCAR Issues Two Indefinite Suspensions for Substance Abuse Policy Violations
Trackhouse Racing investment from Avenue Sports Group 2024 NASCAR Cup Series MotoGP
Avenue Sports Fund Acquires 'Significant' Minority Stake in Trackhouse Entertainment Group

Join Our Newsletter

Ready to have NASCAR news hand-delivered to your email daily?

Related Article