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Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Crew Chief: Shane Wilson
- Crew Chief, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado
- Date of Birth: 11/3/1968
- Hometown: South Royalton, Vt.
- Marital Status: Dana
In 2013, Shane Wilson will be reunited with driver Brendan Gaughan following a 10-year split, when he assumes the role of crew chief for the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The RCR crew chief joined the company in December 2005 when he was paired with Bakersfield, Calif., native Kevin Harvick to head the No. 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry. Since joining the RCR family, Wilson has worked with several of the organization’s drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
The South Royalton, Vt., native started his extensive career in the racing industry back in Vermont where he began building race cars before ever obtaining a driver license. Wilson became the owner of a Street Stock Car at the age of 17 and won a local touring division championship with driver Brian Kenyon in 1988. In 1989, he became a mechanic for Alsup Racing and driver Mike Bachelor in the American-Canadian Tour.
A motivated Wilson made the move to North Carolina in 1993 with Alsup Racing to focus on a career in the NASCAR All-Pro Series, and transitioned to Hendrick Motorsports where he became the Camping World Truck Series championship winning crew chief in 1997 and 1999.
In 2000, Wilson ventured to the West Coast to take over the position of crew chief and general manager of Orleans Racing, which is where his career with Gaughan initially began. The team collected two NASCAR K&N Pro-Series West championships in 2000 and 2001, and finished fourth in the 2003 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings on the strength of six wins, three pole awards, 14 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.
Following a three-year stint on the West Coast, Wilson returned to North Carolina in 2004 to join Penske Racing as crew chief for the No. 77 Sprint Cup Series team with Gaughan behind the wheel, collecting their first top-10 finish in October 2004 at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2005, Travis Kvapil took over driving duties for the No. 77 team, with Wilson as crew chief, accumulating two top-10 finishes.
In December of 2005, Wilson joined RCR as the crew chief of the No. 21 Nationwide Series entry and joined forces with driver Kevin Harvick. Wilson led Harvick and the No. 21 team to RCR’s 10th NASCAR championship and third Nationwide Series championship by a record margin of 824 points, on the strength of 10 wins, one pole award, 24 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes in 2006.
Wilson’s career with RCR continued in 2007 as he continued to work with Harvick in the Nationwide Series, capturing a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Nationwide Series championship owner standings by recording six wins, 13 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. In 2008 he took over as head of RCR’s testing program and worked with development drivers Austin Dillon and Stephen Leicht.
After Wilson continued to prove his skill set at RCR, he was promoted to crew chief for Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Sprint Cup Series team in 2009, leading them to four top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in his first year. Wilson scored his first Sprint Cup Series victory on Sept. 19, 2010 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Bowyer.
Wilson’s accomplishments didn’t stop there. He led the No. 33 team to a position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and finished 10th in the final 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings on the strength of two wins, seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes with driver Bowyer in the No. 33 Chevrolet. He also guided Bowyer to one win, four top-five and 16 top-10 efforts in the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season, finishing 13th in the championship point standings and captured RCR’s 100th Sprint Cup Series win at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2011 with Bowyer.
In 2012, Wilson was once again partnered with Harvick taking over the reins of crew chief for the veteran RCR driver and the No. 29 Sprint Cup Series team. Wilson also worked as interim crew chief for the No. 27 and No. 31 RCR teams during the later portion of the season.
The duo of Wilson and Gaughan is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in 2013, as they reconnect to complete unfinished business. The goal is to collect the Camping World Truck Series driver championship that slipped through their fingers in 2003.