Luke Lambert

Learn more about the Crew Chief of the No. 9 Chevrolet

Name: 
Luke Lambert
Birth Date: 
October 2, 1982
Hometown: 
Mount Airy, N.C.
Position: 
Crew Chief - No. 9 Chevrolet

Luke Lambert comes to JR Motorsports this season after successful runs in both the NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series to guide the No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber®/Black Rifle Coffee team with driver Noah Gragson. The team is coming off a 2021 season in which it raced for the series championship at Phoenix Raceway, coming away with a third-place finish in the final standings.

The 39-year-old North Carolina native comes to JR Motorsports after spending eight seasons in the NASCAR Cup Series and has been a top-flight NXS crew chief as well, leading Elliott Sadler to a runner-up finish in 2012 while at Richard Childress Racing. Lambert spent the past two seasons with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing in the Cup Series, calling the shots for drivers Chris Buescher and Ryan Newman.

Lambert was born and raised in Mount Airy, N.C. and was bitten by the racing bug early. His father got him started by attending races, which led to the young Lambert to go-kart racing as a way of seeking a career as a driver. The youngster learned a lot along the way, and upon graduation from Mount Airy High School in 2001, Lambert enrolled at North Carolina State University primarily as a vehicle to get into the sport on the technical side. Majoring in mechanical engineering, Lambert took advantage of both the school’s U.S. Legend Car team and its Formula SAE program in order to make his way into the crew chief ranks at NASCAR’s top levels.

Lambert, having led the Formula SAE team to some strong performances in international competitions, graduated from North Carolina State with his degree in 2005 and set about working his way up the NASCAR ladder. His first stop was as a junior engineer at Richard Childress Racing.

In 2007, Lambert moved to an engineering position with the team’s No. 31 car driven by Jeff Burton, rising to the lead engineer role in 2008. Three seasons later, Lambert took over as crew chief for the second half of the 2011 season. A second-place run by Burton at Talladega was the best finish of his tenure atop the pit box that year.

In 2012, Lambert led the NXS program for RCR with driver Sadler, winning four times and finishing second in the series championship.

In 2013, Lambert returned to the No. 31 team in the Cup Series, again with Burton, and in 2014 led Newman to within 50 feet of the Cup Series championship in the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Newman finished second to Kevin Harvick in that race by just .500 of a second.

After five seasons with Newman at RCR, which included a victory in the spring race at Phoenix Raceway, Lambert led defending NXS champion Daniel Hemric to 2019 Rookie of the Year honors in the Cup Series before moving to RFK Racing to be Buescher’s crew chief. In 2021, Lambert called the races for both Buescher and Newman during the season.

Lambert is married to his high-school sweetheart, Jamie Lambert, and the couple has three children: sons Waylon (10) and Cade (8) and daughter RubyLynn (5).

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • August 20 03:00 PM ET
    NXS Race at WGIWatkins Glen International
  • August 26 07:30 PM ET
    Wawa 250Daytona International Speedway
  • September 3 03:00 PM ET
    Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200Darlington Raceway
  • September 10 03:00 PM ET
    Kansas Lottery 300Kansas Speedway
  • September 16 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway