Randall Burnett is the crew chief for Kyle Busch and the No. 8 entry for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. The 2023 season is Burnett’s fourth leading the team for RCR.
Burnett enters the 2023 season on the heels of a 2022 season that saw he and Tyler Reddick win races, poles and for the second consecutive season qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Reddick scored his first Cup victory at Road America, leading once covering the final 16 laps and capturing his first win in his 92nd career start. The team backed their first win with a dominating win from the pole on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Reddick leading the most laps (38 of 86) with an average running position of 3.69 - best of all drivers. The team scored their third win of the season in September at Texas Motor Speedway, Reddick’s first win on an oval, leading the most laps, 70 of 334, including the final 24. He finished the season with single season career-bests in wins (3), poles (3) and top-fives (10) on the way to a 14th-place finish in in the final driver standings.
A native of Fenton, Mo., Burnett built and raced his own late models near his hometown and later moved south to attend University of North Carolina Charlotte, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
Soon after graduation, Burnett started his NASCAR career with Chip Ganassi Racing. He spent 10 years with the Ganassi, serving as data acquisition engineer, lead race engineer, 7-post analysis engineer and lead team engineer. He played a key role in the team’s victories in the 2010 Daytona 500 and later that season in the Brickyard 400. In 2014 Burnett worked closely with Kyle Larson during this rookie season and assisting he team in securing eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.
In 2016, Burnett got his first opportunity as crew chief in the Cup Series when he joined JTG Daugherty Racing and driver A.J. Allmendinger. He led the team to two top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes, highlighted by second-place finish at Martinsville.
One year later Burnett joined Richard Childress Racing as crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series working with a variety of drivers, including Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Matt Tifft and Ben Kennedy. He and Tift were teamed together in 2018 and made the series Playoffs, finishing the season sixth overall in the final driver standings.
Burnett remained in the Xfinity Series in 2019 and was paired with Reddick. The pair won the series championship, collecting six wins in the process. The team was also incredibly consistent, racking up 24 top-five finishes in 33 races (average finish was 6.3 despite failing to finish three races).
In 2020, Burnett made the leap with Reddick to the NASCAR Cup Series. Over the past three seasons, Burnett steadily built the team into a unit that consistently ran up front, scoring nine top-10s in their first Cup season together then racking up 16 top-10s and winning their first pole (Circuit of the Americas) in 2021 before their breakout season in 2022.