March 24, 2014 — photo via Kyle Busch Motorsports — RIDGEWAY, VA — Eric Phillips stands on the verge of history.
One more victory, and he’ll be the all-time winningest crew chief in the 20-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Phillips called the shots for Kyle Busch’s season-opening win at Daytona International Speedway to give him 28 for his career, tying Rick Ren for the most wins in series history.
Eighteen of Phillips’ 28 wins have come while working at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and his list of drivers who have won with him is quite impressive. Dennis Setzer picked up four of his 18 career wins with Phillips and former series champions Mike Skinner (3) and Travis Kvapil (2) have also scored wins with Phillips.
Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott have each scored a NCWTS win with Phillips. Phillips’ most prolific driver? Not surprisingly, it’s Kyle Busch (15).
As for the record, Phillips was even keeled when asked about it.
“I think [records] are a cool thing to achieve, but I have a lot of years left to do this so hopefully we break the record by a lot,” Phillips said. “It just says a lot that I have been fortunate to work with a lot of great drivers and organizations through the years.”
Phillips will try and have the record all by himself when he leads Erik Jones in the No. 51 Toyota at Martinsville on Saturday afternoon. If Jones can pick up his second win in as many starts, he would become the ninth different driver to win a race with Phillips on the pit box.