Nicholas Arthur Harrison (April 29, 1982 – July 21, 2019) was a crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Kaulig Racing’s No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Justin Haley.
Harrison had previously worked for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.
Nascar Crew Chief Nick Harrison Dies at 37
Kaulig Racing, a NASCAR Xfinity Series team, announced on Sunday morning that crew chief Nick Harrison had died overnight.
He was 37 years old at the time. There was no mention of a cause of death.
He was currently the crew chief for Justin Haley and the No. 11 Xfinity Series team, and he had made the team’s decisions on Saturday.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Nick Harrison, our beloved crew chief of the No. 11 car at Kaulig Racing,” the team said in a statement attributed to team owner Matthew Kaulig and president Chris Rice. Please remember Nick’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Nascar Also Released a Statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the death of longtime crew chief Nick Harrison and extend our condolences, prayers, and support to his family, friends, and Kaulig Racing teammates.”
Harrison grew up at SABCO Racing and made his Xfinity Series crew chief debut in 2006. He had raced in 184 Xfinity races and won five times, the first with Kurt Busch at Daytona in 2012 while working for James Finch’s Phoenix Racing.
He also worked as a crew chief in 120 Cup Series races, including with Phoenix Racing in 2011 and 2012. His best finish in the premier series was a third-place finish at Sonoma in 2012, which he shared with Kyle Busch at Phoenix.
Over the past two decades, Harrison has collaborated with Bill Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Justin Allgaier, and Regan Smith. He won one Truck Series race as a crew chief, with Austin Dillon, for Richard Childress Racing in 2014.
Nick Harrison Death: Drugs and Alcohol Led to the Tragedy of Nascar Crew Chief
In July, the NASCAR community suffered a setback.
Official reports now confirm that NASCAR crew chief Nick Harrison died of a drug overdose. At the time of his death, cocaine, oxycodone, and alcohol were all discovered in his system.
On July 21st, the 37-year-old died. The North Carolina medical examiner released the medical report on Tuesday.
The day after a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he was discovered dead.
Harrison was found to have 0.32 mg/L of prescription oxycodone, 14 mg/L of cocaine, and alcohol, according to the report. His death was officially ruled an accident as a result of the combination.
The report also stated that Harrison had hypertension and cardiovascular disease. He also had a swollen liver and heart.
Nick Harrison was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee. His racing career began at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.
Harrison was most recently Justin Haley’s crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kaulig Racing’s most recent appearance was on July 20th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Between 2010 and 2014, Harrison worked as a crew chief at the highest level of stock car racing. He was credited with a top-5 finish in 2012, which he shared with Kurt Busch.
Drivers Harrison Worked With at the Nascar Cup Series Level: Landon Cassill, Bobby Labonte, Mike Bliss, Bill Elliott, Boris Said, AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, Regan Smith, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Michael McDowell, Regan Smith, Ryan Truex, Jacques Villeneuve, Ty Dillon, Travis Kvapil, and Brian Scott