Crew Chief Changes for Turner Scott Motorsports’ Truck Operation

Crew Chief Changes for Turner Scott Motorsports’ Truck Operation

by September 7, 2014 0 comments

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Turner Scott Motorsports have made some changes in their race personnel in the crew chief department for the No. 31 Truck team ahead of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Michael Shelton, crew chief for Ben Kennedy’s No. 31 Chevrolet, has been reported as gone from Turner Scott Motorsports 14 races into the season. In his place will be Doug George, displaced crew chief from TSM’s former No. 30 Truck team.

Shelton has been a crew chief within the Turner Scott organization since 2009 when he made his crew chief debut for Scott Wimmer for one race in the Camping World Truck Series. Shelton would serve as full-time crew chief in the Truck Series for James Buescher from 2010-to-2013 and would make sporadic appearances in the Nationwide Series serving as Buescher’s crew chief as well. Buescher and Shelton would collaborate to take the 2012 Camping World Truck Series’ drivers’ title and owners’ title – the only owners’ championship ever won for Turner Scott Motorsports.

George and driver Ron Hornaday Jr. combined for a strong season after eight races together, running fourth in points with four top-fives and seven top-10s before the team shut down prior to the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. George has two wins as crew chief in the Camping World Truck Series that both came with Kyle Busch in 2009 at Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kennedy currently sits ninth in the drivers’ standings with one top-five and four top-10s with a best finish of third coming at Martinsville back in March. The 22-year-old from Daytona Beach, Florida, is also the current leader in the Rookie of the Year standings for the Camping World Truck Series.

Kennedy and George will make their debut together at Chicagoland Speedway this Thursday for a pair of afternoon practices before qualifying and the 150-lap Lucas Oil 225 set to take place on Friday night. Kennedy’s debut at Chicagoland in 2013 resulted in a 16th-place finish while George has three starts at Chicagoland as crew chief with two top-10 finishes coming with Aric Almirola and Jason White.


Kyle Pokrefky
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