Ben Beshore

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Ben Beshore
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Beshore at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2022
Personal information
Birth nameBenjamin E. Beshore
Born (1981-10-21) October 21, 1981 (age 40)
York, Pennsylvania
Alma materVirginia Tech
Years active2004–present
Sport
SportNASCAR
PositionCrew chief
TeamJoe Gibbs Racing

Benjamin E. Beshore (born October 21, 1981) is an American NASCAR crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing. He is currently the crew chief for Kyle Busch of the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series, a role he assumed before the 2021 season.[1]

Career[edit]

Beshore began his career in NASCAR working for smaller teams, eventually joining Brewco Motorsports as a jack-of-all trades, working as the car chief, engineer, and rear-tire changer for the #66 car in the NASCAR Busch Series.[2] After moving over to Roush Fenway Racing in 2007 as a race engineer, he joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2014, serving as the race engineer for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2015 to 2018.[3] He served as the interim crew chief on Busch's car for three races in 2017 when regular crew chief Adam Stevens was suspended after a wheel came off the car following a pit stop at Dover International Speedway.[4] Beshore himself was later suspended one race for lug nut infractions suffered at Sonoma Raceway, leading to Busch's third crew chief in five races.[5]

Beshore was named a crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019, where he worked with multiple drivers in the program's No. 18 car. He moved over to the No. 20 car for the 2020 season, working with Harrison Burton.[6] The duo won four races in 2020 as Burton won the series' Rookie of the Year award despite Beshore having missed a race due to possible exposure to COVID-19.[7]

Beshore was promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series before the 2021 season to work with Busch once again, this time as his crew chief.[8] The duo won their first race of the season, the exhibition Busch Clash at the Daytona International Speedway in a shocking last-lap pass as Busch passed drivers Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott who wrecked coming out of the last turn.[9] Beshore earned his first career points-paying Cup Series race in May when Busch won at Kansas Speedway on his 36th birthday, also extending a record-tying streak of 17 consecutive seasons with a win for the driver.[10] On October 10, 2021, NASCAR announced that Beshore would be suspended for the Texas race after the No. 18 had two loose lug nuts following the race at the Charlotte Roval.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's Beshore for Busch". Fox Sports. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Small pit crew juggles duties". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Central York High grad Ben Beshore achieves dream as crew chief for NASCAR star Kyle Busch". York Dispatch. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Kyle Busch's crew chief, Adam Stevens, suspended". ESPN. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Kyle Busch's Interim Crew Chief Joins Adam Stevens On Suspended List". NESN. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  6. ^ "From gridiron glory to a pit-box perch: Inside Ben Beshore's path to becoming Kyle Busch's crew chief". NASCAR. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Harrison Burton crew chief Ben Beshore misses Texas Xfinity race". NBC Sports. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  8. ^ "JGR sets crew chief lineups for 2021; Stevens-Busch duo split up". NASCAR. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Kyle Busch sidesteps Blaney-Elliott crash on last lap for Busch Clash win at Daytona". NASCAR. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Kyle Busch celebrates 36th birthday with NASCAR Cup win at Kansas Speedway; first of 2021". ESPN. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Charlotte post-race inspection complete". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. October 10, 2021. Retrieved October 11, 2021.

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