Chris Rice joins NTS Motorsports in dual role
August 12, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Chris Rice has left RAB Racing for the position of competition director and crew chief of the No. 20 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team announced Tuesday.
Rice was crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 14 races this season (and every race last year) before leaving the box to be the program's competition director. He will serve as crew chief for Austin Dillon this week at Michigan, the team announced, and will lead Gray Gaulding the following week at Bristol.
Rice is also an analyst for NASCAR.com.
"I have kept my eye on NTS Motorsports and watched them grow over the past few years," Rice said in a press release. "They have a great stable of drivers that continue to impress me week in and week out."
All told, Rice has 11 years of experience as a Nationwide Series crew chief. He's called 219 total races in that series, and 41 in the Camping World Truck Series.
Team owner Bob Newberry has run 81 races in the Truck Series, starting in 2012. The No. 20 team has used four different drivers in the seat this year and has a best finish of second (Justin Lofton at Texas).
The team is currently 13th in the owner standings.
"We are proud to have Chris Rice join us at NTS Motorsports," NTS Vice President of Operations Dwayne Gaulding said. "I have known Chris and his family for several years and have been impressed with his attitude and demeanor. Chris will be a great asset to NTS Motorsports on both sides of competition in the Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series. Bob Newberry and myself look forward to Chris' positive attitude and how it will spread throughout the shop."