Kevin Bellicourt is one busy man.
The 33-year-old is an already established crew chief in the NASCAR world, but has taken on a new role as General Manager of series powerhouse Bill McAnally Racing for this season, on top of calling the shots for Brittney Zamora and the No. 99 team.
"In my role here, I oversee all three cars," he said. "I’ve got my hands in all three of them. But there’s great people – Kyle Wolosek taking care of the No. 19 now, John Camilleri taking care of the No. 16 – they do a great job taking care of those cars. I try to help with all the planning as far as travel, working with the truck drivers, all the scheduling in the shop, I just try to stay on top of everything with that. There is a lot going on but we’ve got a lot of people here that help it go pretty smoothly."
Smoothly might be an understatement for BMR in 2019 so far. In eight races they’ve entered, they’ve won five of them spanning both coasts (Derek Kraus with four — two East and two West — and Hailie Deegan one).
Despite the early success, Bellicourt is holding the organization to a higher standard, always shooting for more trophies to bring back to their shop.
"I’m really happy with the results for the whole company," he said. "You obviously want to win every race and we haven’t done that, but we’ve got a pretty good average. But I’m disappointed in the three races we didn’t win. We’re working hard to make sure we’re good everywhere and run up front every race."
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Brittney Zamora has been guided by Bellicourt through her first six races piloting full-bodied stock cars, earning three top 10s and two top fives, both coming at Tucson in the Twin 100s.
"She’s done a great job with the few races she’s got under her belt right now and the limited experience she has in these K&N cars," he said. "I’d say she’s definitely a couple months ahead already of where you’d expect a young, inexperienced driver to be. I can’t tell you how much she impressed me at Tucson. I’m really happy with her progress."
Since 2012, Bellicourt has called the shots for drivers like Ben Rhodes, William Byron and Justin Haley, to name a few. He also is the crew chief for Kraus with his limited schedule in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series this season.
Jumping from driver to driver, year after year is a big ask, but the Charlotte, North Carolina, native has been up the the challenge so far.
"Every time you work with a new driver, there’s still a point where you have to get to learn them, understand what they want and need in the race car," he said. "It’s still an adjustment. I think a big part of making the speed we had at Tucson was on me, learning what she needs. At the same time, her getting more comfortable in the K&N cars. There’s always an adjustment period getting to learn your new driver."
That’s no different with Zamora. Given her recent speed, a win may not be out of the question in the coming weeks.
"I think we get along really well," Bellicourt said of Zamora. "I understand what she needs in the car. We have a good communication with each other. She’s comfortable telling me exactly what she needs, and I’m comfortable telling her if I need her to do something different. I think that’s a big part of it, too. We’re not worried about feelings, we just worry about trying to make the race car go as fast as it can and she does a really good job with that."
Zamora, Bellicourt and the entire No. 99 team will look to build upon their momentum at Memphis International Raceway on June 1, where all three BMR cars will be racing.