Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced that Wes Ward will serve as Todd Gilliland‘s full-time crew chief in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for the rest of this season effective this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
The news comes with three races left in the regular season and with Gilliland currently eighth in points standings outside the playoff picture. Gilliland has no wins and two top fives through 13 races.
The permanent assignment for Ward comes after the team initiated a shuffle of their crew chiefs in early June, with Ward serving as Gilliland’s interim crew chief for the June 7 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Ward took over for Marcus Richmond. Gilliland started from the pole and led 31 laps before he wrecked out.
Michael Shelton then served as the interim crew chief in the next four races. Gilliland did not lead a lap in those events and had a best finish of second at Gateway.
Ward previously served as a shop foreman for KBM beginning in 2015. He has 17 starts in the Truck Series as crew chief, including two wins with Kyle Busch in 2016. He also has 302 starts as crew chief in the Xfinity Series from 1996-2015. His lone win came in 2003 with Kasey Kahne at Miami.