Team McClure, Inc. and TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC announced today that NASCAR veteran John Monsam has replaced Wes Ward as crew chief for Eric McClure and the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds® Racing team effective immediately. Ward, who called the shots for the 34-year-old driver last season, decided late last week to pursue other opportunities that kept him closer to home with his family on most weekends.
Monsam, a Connecticut native, has worked in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions during his racing career. He’s worked for top Sprint Cup organizations like Dale Earnhardt Inc, Roush Fenway Racing, The Wood Brothers, and former Camping World Truck Series team Kevin Harvick, Inc. He most recently led Nationwide Series driver Jason Bowles and the No. 81 team at Randy MacDonald Motorsports to a 13th-place and 22nd-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver and Owner standings respectively. In 19 years, the 52-year-old crew chief has recorded one ARCA Series victory, seven Camping World Truck Series victories, and two Nationwide Series victories.
“John (Monsam) is very experienced and his success in the sport speaks for itself,” stated McClure. “I got to know him last year as our trucks were parked beside each other most of the year and I’m really excited about what he can bring to TriStar Motorsports.”
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