Ty Dillon will have a new crew chief in Chad Norris sitting on the pit box starting at this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Petty GMS Motorsports announced Sept. 13.
Norris replaces Jerame Donley.
The switch to Norris is the first of what is supposed to be many changes to the team as it prepares for the 2023 season, which will see Noah Gragson joining the team in the No. 42 entry.
“This year has been a growing year at Petty GMS,” Joey Cohen, Petty GMS director of competition and engineering, said in a team release. “When the merger happened late last year, we knew it would be tough to come out of the box and win, but also know that to win and be competitive every week, it takes the right people. With some of the recent changes we’ve made on the pit crew side, we feel this is the right time to make additional changes and see what areas still require work for the 2023 season.
“Our goal is to provide both Erik (Jones) and Noah strong teams next season and the opportunities to win races and contend for a championship. We also see opportunity to increase the performance for Ty and the [No.] 42 group the remainder of this season. These decisions are what we feel is best for the growth of Petty GMS.”
Dillon and the No. 42 team sit 29th in both the driver and owner standings. The group has earned one top 10 thus far in 2022, coming at the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after a staff writing position with IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.