Eric Phillips, all-time wins leader among Truck Series crew chiefs, going to JGR

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The all-time wins leader among crew chiefs in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history is heading for a new home.

Kyle Busch Motorsports crew chief Eric Phillips, who has earned 36 victories in the Truck Series (21 of them working with Busch himself), told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio on Monday that he’ll be going to Joe Gibbs Racing at season’s end to work in an as-of-now undefined position.

“I’m gonna be moving on, I’m gonna go to JGR at the end of the year,” Phillips said. “I can’t talk about what all’s going to take place there but I’m excited about that. Obviously, it’s a big deal to leave KBM, but I’m looking forward to what JGR brings next year.

“Excited about it and a little bothered by it, I guess. I put a lot of work and effort into KBM. There wasn’t anything here when I started so the last five years have been a lot of effort to get the company the achievements that we’ve had over the last five years.”

Phillips served as crew chief for NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman in KBM’s Nationwide Series program last year. When KBM was forced to shut that program down and focus solely on its two-team program in the Truck Series, Phillips said he was asked by Busch to help on the latter effort.

While wanting to continue on the Nationwide circuit, he ultimately decided to stay with the KBM Truck team to take care of, in his words, “unfinished business.”

He feels that has been accomplished, and with two races remaining on the 2014 Truck schedule, Phillips intends to focus on finishing his tenure with KBM strong.

“We’ve got two more races that we’d like to win – at least one more, if not two more – and get that owner’s championship locked up,” he said.

KBM’s No. 51 Toyota Tundra holds a 12-point lead in that particular title race over the No. 88 Toyota from ThorSport Racing.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.