Cale Gale has raced limited schedules in either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series since 2006. In 2012 he finally had a race all 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in Eddie Sharp Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado sponsored by Rheem. The 27-year old showed moments of greatness none better than in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway when Gale scored his first career NASCAR win by out battling Kyle Busch in the closing laps.
In his victory lane interview Gale said he had to rough Busch up and cease the opportunity to win since he wasn't sure if he would ever have another chance so close to him to win a NASCAR race as a driver. And maybe those words were exactly right.
In the 2013 season Gale will be holding a different set cards as he will return to the top of the pit box instead on being behind the wheel himself. Gale was the odd man out when Rheem decided to go a different direction and sponsor defending champion James Buescher's title repeat effort at Turner Scott Motorsports. Now Gale will work for Turner Scott Motorsports as the crew chief for 15-year old rising star Brandon Jones.
“Obviously, my heart is always going to be in being a race car driver,” Gale said. “It’s what I’ve worked my whole life to be able to do, to drive at a professional level and to drive for a team capable of winning races. All I’ve ever done is work to be able to win. Obviously, my heart is always in the seat. If the right situation is there for me to be able to do that, obviously I’d have to consider it to see where it winds up. But obviously you have to pay your bills to make a living.”
Gale will serve as crew chief for Jones in a full late model season of races, seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races and a couple of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Gale has previous crew chief experience from 2010 when he called the shots for Richard Childress Racing and Ty Dillon in the Pro Series.
Gale and Jones first met when Jones approached Gale in 2009 at a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event and asked about the best way to break into the sport. Gale gave him some advice and steered him toward some opportunities that paid off for Jones. Turner Scott Motorsports thought bringing the two back together would be a good thing.
“They felt they’d like to have that connection back between me and him,” Gale said, “and see how it works out for 2013.”
It will be tough for Gale to not be behind the wheel but he plans to try to race on his off weekends from being a crew chief and also said he is keeping open the possibility of running some races in one of NASCAR's top series if the right opportunity comes around. His 2012 Truck Series performance may give him some of those opportunities after he finished 12th in the points and picked up the one win, three top 5's, eight top 10's, and one pole.
But for now Gale will focus on helping Jones develop as a driver.
“The main goal is to work on Brandon’s career and get that going in the right direction, and see what happens," Gale said. "Maybe 2014 will be a little different for myself. All I can do is keep working hard … and try to win races no matter what I’m doing.”
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