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Amid a struggle of a season thus far for its two full-time drivers, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team of Kyle Busch Motorsports announced immediate changes to its crew chief lineup on Wednesday (June 5).
Shop foreman Wes Ward will be the interim crew chief at Texas Motor Speedway for Todd Gilliland‘s No. 4 team, while the crew chief of the part-time No. 46, Michael Shelton, will be the interim crew chief for the No. 4 team at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park and Iowa Speedway.
Gilliland’s former crew chief, Marcus Richmond, will be atop the pit box for the No. 46 team at Gateway and Iowa.
All five KBM wins this season have come when team owner Kyle Busch was piloting the No. 51.
Through eight races in 2019, Gilliland has one top five (third at Kansas Speedway) and four top 10s, off his 2018 rookie pace of a pole, four top fives and nine top 10s in 19 races. He is currently eighth in the NGOTS driver standings, holding the final playoff position by a single point over his teammate, Harrison Burton.
In the NGOTS owner standings for KBM, the No. 51 leads with 366 points, the No. 4 is 10th with 253 and the the No. 18 is 11th with 252, while the part-time No. 46 is 27th with 80 points after three races.
The SpeedyCash.com 400 will be held Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET, with television coverage on Fox Sports 1.
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