Petty GMS Motorsports changes crew chief mid-season

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Ty Dillon (front) will have a new Chief of Staff.

There will be a change at Petty GMS Motorsports, starting with the trip to Bristol Motor Speedway. The Cup Series organization will be making a change to the crew chief at Pit Box 42.

According to a press releaseChad Norris will be interim crew chief for the rest of the year. He will replace first-year crew chief Jeram Donnelly while working with Ty Dillon. The move is taking place as Petty GMS Motorsports aims to get the best folks in place ahead of the 2023 season.

“This year has been a growing year for Petty GMS,” said Joy Cohen, Petty GMS Director of Competition and Engineering. “When the merger happened late last year, we knew it was going to be tough to get out of the box and win, but we also know that to win and compete every week, it takes the right people.

“With some recent changes we’ve made on the pit crew side, we feel this is the time to make additional changes and see which areas still require work for the 2023 season.”

Dillon and Donnie joined forces at the start of the 2022 Cup Series season. They scored a top ten (Bristol Dirt) in their first 28 races along with an average finish of 21.7. Now Dillon will be working with a new crew chief to finish his only season at Petty GMS.


There will be more changes

Ty Dillon

GTTy Dillon walks to the grid at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Moving to Norris from Donnelly is the biggest change for Petty GMS, but it won’t be the only change that happens. The press release also indicated that there will be additional changes to both teams number 43 and number 42 starting at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Our goal is to provide all of Eric [Jones] and noah [Gragson] Strong teams next season and chances to win races and compete for the championship. We also see an opportunity to increase Ty’s performance and group 42 in the remainder of this season. These decisions are what we feel are best for Petty GMS’ growth.”

Petty GMS Motorsports has not provided any details on what these changes are. The only information provided is that there will be many elements throughout the remainder of the 2022 Cup Series season as the organization attempts to become more competitive across the board.


Norris has a winning experience as a Chief of Staff

Chad Norris

GTChad Norris (left) has extensive experience as chief of staff.

Norris has not worked as a chief of crew since the 2020 season (the Truck Series), but he does have experience across the three National Series. That includes 18 races in the Cup Series with Carl Edwards (17) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr (one). He also served as crew chief for 281 races in the Xfinity Series, and 49 in the Truck Series.

Norris made his first appearance as chief of crew during the 2005 Xfinity Series season. He worked with Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin in 12 races. This includes winning with Kenseth at Darlington Raceway. Norris also recorded Xfinity Series wins with Marcus Ambrose (Gill Villeneuve Circuit), Trevor Payne (Texas Motor Speedway) and Spencer Gallagher (Talladega Superspeedway).

Norris was on hand during the 2020 Truck Series season. He sat atop the box for Brett Moffett’s team, and led them to one win (Kansas Speedway) and a fourth championship appearance.

Moffett eventually finished third year in the standings with GMS Racing taking the top three. Sheldon Creed won the championship while Zane Smith finished second in the standings.

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