Pat Tryson

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Pat Tryson
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 57)
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 earn 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, Turner Scott Motorsports, and crew chief of the No. 33 car of Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group.

Early life[edit]

Born on July 12, 1962, 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 and his Geoff Bodine Racing operation, but quit the team during the August race at Bristol Motor Speedway after arguing with team manager Tim Brewer over pit strategy after Bodine fell two laps down.[2] Incidentally, Tryson moved to Geoff's younger brother Todd's car for the 1998 season.[3]

In 199, Tryson joined Roush 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 and Ricky Rudd, and won one race at Bristol. 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.[4] 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.[5]

In midsummer 2011 he moved to JTG Daugherty Racing as a consultant.[6] In 2012, Tryson started the season as crew chief for David Gilliland at Front Row Motorsports.[7] In October 2012 Tryson joined BK Racing, serving as crew chief for the team's No. 93 car and driver Travis Kvapil.[8]

In 2014, Tryson joined Turner Scott Motorsports in the Nationwide Series as crew chief for rookie Dylan Kwasniewski.[9] Tryson was replaced by Shannon Rursch on July 17.[10] Tryson was picked up by Curtis Key's The Motorsports Group to be crew chief of the No. 30 car driven by Ron Hornaday Jr.. After not qualifying for 3 of their attempted 7 races, both Hornaday and Tryson were released from the team. Tryson was picked up by BK Racing to crew chief the team of Alex Kennedy. After Sonoma he was released and joined the No. 55 team of Premium Motorsports. He returned to TMG, now known as Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group, to serve as crew chief of the No. 33.[11]


  1. ^ "drivers & teams : crew chiefs". Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  2. ^ Coble, Don (August 28, 1997). "Bodine's team restarts after Bristol". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 18, 2019 – via
  3. ^ "One Brother To Another". Herald & Review. September 4, 1997. Retrieved February 18, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "TEAM 56". Michael Waltrip Racing. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  5. ^ "Kurt Busch crew chief Pat Tryson leaving Penske Racing for personal reasons – ESPN". 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  6. ^ Pockrass, Bob (June 11, 2011). "Pat Tryson joins JTG Daugherty Racing as a consultant". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  7. ^ "Tryson named crew chief for Gilliland, No. 38". Turner Sports. February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  8. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (October 1, 2012). "Tryson to BK Racing". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Archived from the original on November 16, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  9. ^ Pearce, Al (February 4, 2014). "Dylan Kwasniewski gets NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Turner Scott Motorsports". Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  10. ^ "DYLAN KWASNIEWSKI GETS NEW CREW CHIEF". NASCAR. July 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  11. ^ "CIRCLE SPORT, THE MOTORSPORTS GROUP JOIN FORCES FOR 2017". NASCAR. January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Pat Tryson crew chief statistics at Racing-Reference