Pat Tryson

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Pat Tryson
Nationality American
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 52)
Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

Patrick "Pat" Tryson (born July 12, 1962), is an American NASCAR crew chief from Malvern, Pennsylvania. He began his racing career by working with Kenny Bernstein at King Racing. He attended West Chester University to earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Afterward, he worked with several teams, such as, Geoff Bodine Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Penske Racing, BK Racing, and Turner Scott Motorsports.

Early life[edit]

Born on July 12, 1952, in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Pat's father is Joe Tryson, long time crew chief for drag racer Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins. Tryson graduated from West Chester University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.[1]


He began his racing career while working with Kenny Bernstein at King Racing. In 1997, he became a crew chief for Geoff Bodine. Two years later, Tryson was employed at Roush Fenway Racing to become the crew chief for Kevin Lepage and Johnny Benson. While the crew chief for Lepage, he recorded one pole position, two top-five and five top-ten finishes. Afterward, he left the team to work at Wood Brothers Racing in 2000. While there he was the crew chief for two drivers: Elliott Sadler ad Ricky Rudd, and won one race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Four years later, he returned to Roush Fenway Racing as the crew chief for Mark Martin. He was able to become one of three other crew chiefs to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in its first three seasons, with the others being Robbie Reiser and Chad Knaus.[2] In 2009, he was the crew chief for Kurt Busch at Penske Racing. One year later, he decided to move to Michael Waltrip Racing to become the crew chief of Martin Truex, Jr.[3]

In midsummer 2011 he moved to JTG Daugherty Racing as a consultant.[4] In 2012, Tryson started the season as crew chief for David Gilliland at Front Row Motorsports.[5] In October 2012 Tryson joined BK Racing, serving as crew chief for the team's No. 93 car and driver Travis Kvapil.[6]

In 2014, Tryson joined Turner Scott Motorsports in the Nationwide Series as crew chief for rookie Dylan Kwasniewski.[7] Tryson was replaced by Shannon Rursch on July 17.[8]


  1. ^ "drivers & teams : crew chiefs". Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  2. ^ "TEAM 56". Michael Waltrip Racing. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  3. ^ "Kurt Busch crew chief Pat Tryson leaving Penske Racing for personal reasons – ESPN". 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  4. ^ Pockrass, Bob (June 11, 2011). "Pat Tryson joins JTG Daugherty Racing as a consultant". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Tryson named crew chief for Gilliland, No. 38". Turner Sports. February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  6. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (October 1, 2012). "Tryson to BK Racing". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  7. ^ Pearce, Al (February 4, 2014). "Dylan Kwasniewski gets NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Turner Scott Motorsports". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ "DYLAN KWASNIEWSKI GETS NEW CREW CHIEF". NASCAR. July 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 

External links[edit]

  • Pat Tryson crew chief statistics at Racing-Reference