Wally Rogers, who has served as the crew chief for Lawless Alan and the No. 45 Niece Motorsports team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season, is calling it a career after Friday night’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship Race at Phoenix.
At the conclusion of the race, Rogers posted a video of him hanging up his headset, and accompanying the video was a statement announcing his retirement.
Rogers, a 20-year veteran crew chief, who has recorded six wins in the NASCAR National Series ranks (five in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, one in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) said in his statement, “I’ve always been grateful, and tried to stay humble throughout the years. But it’s time to take a step away from full-time travel. Thank you to my friends and family for all their support, and all the men and women who I’ve worked with.”
— Wally Rogers (@walr2772) November 4, 2023
While Rogers is retiring from being a crew chief, he reiterates that he will remain in the NASCAR industry in a different capacity.
Paired with Lawless Alan in his final race as a crew chief, Rogers and the No. 45 team enjoyed a solid 13th-place finish after starting from the 31st position in a wild and chaotic event.
In all, Rogers, who hails from Pt. Monmouth, New Jersey, was atop the pit box for 519 races as a crew chief in the NASCAR National Series. While his time as a crew chief spans 22 years, Rogers has been involved in NASCAR for more than 30 years.
Among the notable drivers whom Rogers has served as a crew chief for are Ron Hornaday, Elliott Sadler, Michael McDowell, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Randy LaJoie, and Matt Crafton just to name a few.