Busch's long time crew chief Tony Gibson ready to call it quits
Tony Gibson is an American retired crew chief. His last work was for the #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driven by Kurt Busch. He was the crew chief for Daytona 500 victory by Busch in the NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Having a great reputation, Gibson has decided to call it quits at the end of the 2017 season. Tony Stewart, owner of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, despite having collections of trophies in his showcase, said there was one he was missing and that made a huge void. This was the first Daytona 500 victory for Stewart-Haas Racing.
"If I had known all I had to do was retire, I would have retired 17 years ago if I knew it was what it took to win the race," Gibson said at the time.
In April last year, the team and Kurt Busch were at the Texas Motor Speed Highway, but Gibson was in North Carolina with his wife, who, according to a team statement, "under the weather". Gibson rejoined to the team later that week.
Tony Gibson's start in NASCAR goes back to the 1980s. With his brother, Mark, and their father, they built and maintained racing cars. They found some success with short tracks around central Florida. They even hold a 1978 track championship at New Smyrna Speedway.
After graduating with a Tool and Die Making Degree in Daytona Beach Community College, he moved to North Carolina to purse a NASCAR career.
Back in those days he worked hanging car bodies for several NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series teams. Through some connections, Gibson became the mechanic for Kulwicki's team in 1986. His last team was the Stewart-Haas Racing Team created by Tony Stewart. Stewart hired him to lead the #39 of Ryan Newman. He achieved his first victory with the team on April 10, 2010 in the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix.