STEVE ADDINGTON - 7/4/1964 - an American NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief and competition director for the #51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing. Previously, he was the crew chief of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart, #22 Pennzoil Dodge Charger driven by Kurt Busch, and the #18 M&Ms Toyota driven by Kurt's brother Kyle Busch. In 2005, Addington was named the crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing's #18 car driven by Bobby Labonte, replacing Mike "Fatback" McSwain. Labonte left for Petty Enterprises and was replaced by J. J. Yeley for two years. Kyle Busch replaced Yeley as the driver of the #18 car in 2008 and Addington remained as the crew chief. On March 9, 2008, Addington scored his first win as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief when the 18 team won the Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta, Georgia with driver Kyle Busch. On December 14, 2009, it was reported that Addington had accepted a deal to become the next crew chief for Kyle's brother Kurt Busch, replacing outgoing crew chief Pat Tryson, who had been relieved of his duties following the 2009 Sprint Cup Season. Addington ended his tenure as Busch's crew chief at the end of 2011. He joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) owner/driver #14 Tony Stewart and Team Chevy, taking over for 2011 Sprint Cup Champion-winning crew chief Darian Grubb. Addington and Stewart had previous worked together at Joe Gibbs Racing. Addington was relieved of his duties as crew chief of the 14 on November 19, 2013. On November 21, 2013, it was announced that
Addington will join Phoenix Racing in 2014 as crew chief and competition director with Rookie Justin Allgaier as the driver. Since becoming a crew chief in 2004 Addington has garnered 20 CUP wins; 16 with Kyle Busch, and four with Tony Stewart.
PAUL ANDREWS - 5/25/1957 - an American crew chief known for his work in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He was the crew chief for Bobby Labonte's #43 team for Petty Enterprises until August 2007. He was the crew chief for Alan Kulwicki's 1992 Sprint Cup championship. Independent NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki asked Rusty Wallace for some advice on who to hire as his new crew chief. Rusty suggested Andrews. SO in 1998 Andrews moved to NASCAR as Kulwicki's crew chief, and he remained Kulwicki's crew chief until Kulwicki died in an airplane crash April 1, 1993. Andrews was scheduled to be on the airplane, but remained with the pit crew to work on improving pit stop times. He remained with the team after it was purchased by Geoffrey Bodine. In
1999 he joined Dale Earnhardt, Inc. with driver Steve Park Earning the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet team two wins. He was named Labonte's crew chief in 2006. He was seriously injured in a fall in his shop on August 15, 2007, several days after he was released as Labonte's crew chief. He was hired by Michael Waltrip Racing to be Michael Waltrip's crew chief for the 2008 season but that only lasted three races. He was out of racing until 2012 when he returned as the crew chief for Scott Speed for two races. Since then he has not been active as a crew chief. For his career he claimed one CUP Championship with Alan Kulwicki in 1992. He led his drivers to 12 wins; Kulwicki 5; Geoff Bodine 4; Jeremy Mayfield 1; and Steve Park 2.
TOMMY BALDWIN JR - 10/27/1966 - Baldwin started as a CUP crew chief in 1997 for owner Junie Donlavey. In 1998 he moved to Bill Davis as the crew chief for Ward Burton. Burton and Baldwin won four races together, including the 2001 Southern 500 and the 2002 Daytona 500, until his departure late that season. In 2003, Baldwin became the crew chief of the #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid for Ultra Motorsports driven by Jimmy Spencer. After Sirius' departure from the team, Baldwin joined Evernham Motorsports as the crew chief for Kasey Kahne. Kahne won NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 with Baldwin, and won his first race with him at Richmond International Raceway the following season. After 2005, he joined Robert Yates Racing to work with Elliott Sadler midway through the season, he left to return with BDR. Baldwin announced on January 6, 2009 that he started his own Sprint Cup Series Team named Tommy Baldwin Racing and it will be running Toyotas. Scott Riggs was named to pilot the car for the 2009 season. Since that time Baldwin has fielded cars for such drivers as David Reutimann, Michael McDowell, Danica Patrick, and Dave Blaney.
ROBERT "BOOTIE" BARKER - 3/2/1971 - is a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car racing series. Barker is the crew chief for the No. 13 Germain Racing GEICO Ford Fusion driven by Casey Mears in the Sprint Cup Series. In the past, Barker has worked for Ashton Lewis, Bill Davis Racing, Jasper Motorsports, and Hendrick Motorsports. He was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering injuries in a car accident while a senior in high school. Barker has since overcome his injuries to be a respected crew chief and one of NASCAR's most brilliant minds. For most of 2006, Barker was the crew chief for the No. 66 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet driven by Jeff Green. On October 1, 2008, Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Barker would be the crew chief of the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota driven by two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. In 2010 Barker moved to Germain Racing to head up the team for Casey Mears where he has been since
MIKE BEAM - 12/17/1955 - an American NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief who Spent over 20 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage serving as both mechanic and crew chief. As crew chief Beam earned three wins. He started in the CUP series in 1981 with Kyle Petty as his driver. He was the chief for such noteable drivers as Richard Petty, Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Craven among others. Two of Beams wins came with Elliott at the wheel, including the 1994 Southern 500. Beam was a crew chief through 2005 on the CUP series at which time he moved to the Nationwide series through 2012. In 2013 He was the crew chief for John Wes Townley driving for Red Horse racing in the NASCAR Truck Series.
TODD BERRIER - is the current crew chief for Furniture Row Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Previously, he was a crew chief at Richard Childress Racing, most notably with Kevin Harvick. Berrier was first united with Harvick in the Nationwide Series, where they won three races and Harvick was named Rookie of the Year. They won the championship together the following season. They then separated a for a few seasons as Harvick drove the #29 in Cup while Berrier worked as the crew chief for another RCR team, before coming back together in mid-2003. Berrier complied 8 wins so far in his career with Harvick, including the Daytona 500 in 2007, and the Brickyard 400 in 2003.
DREW BLICKENSDERFER - is currently a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief for the No 9 Stanley Black & Decker Ford Fusion driven by Marcos Ambrose. Blickensderfer started as the rear tire change pit crew member and mechanic for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.'s #1 car. He spent a couple years in the Nationwide Series as crew chief before he took over crew chief duties for the #17 car in Sprint Cup, driven by Matt Kenseth. He won in his first race as a Sprint Cup crew chief in the 2009 Daytona 500. He started out the 2010 NASCAR season as Kenseth's crew chief for the Daytona 500, but was reassigned to Roush Fenway's research and development team after the race. he replaced Donnie Wingo as crew chief for the number 6 Jack Roush owned, UPS Ford Fusion in September 2010 and into the 2011 season. He almost won the Daytona 500 again as
a crew chief with David Ragan and went on to win with Ragan at the 2011 Coke Zero 400, collecting his third win as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief. Blickensderfer moved to Richard Childress Racing in 2012 to be the crew chief for Jeff Burton. However, after the organization struggled as a whole, he resigned from the position after the TUMS Fast Relief 500, heading to Richard Petty Motorsports to crew chief for Marcos Ambrose. As 2014 kicks off Drew will be staying with Ambrose.
TIM BREWER - - was an American stock-car racing crew chief on the Sprint Cup Series. Brewer started as a crew chief in 1973, and continued on through 2004. His first five years were spent with Richard Chidress. before moving to wrench for Cale Yarborough. In all he had 23 wins with Yarborough including the Southern 500 twice and the CUP Championship in 1978. He also had good success with Darrell Waltrip as they paired up for 12 wins. He also had multiple wins with Tim Richmond (2); Terry Labonte (4); Geoff Bodine (3) and Bill Elliott (5). He has 52 career wins.
MATT BORLAND - 9/2/1971 - Borland started out in the Indy Car series in 1998. BY 1999 He had been hand-picked by renowned Indy car owner Roger Penske; but not for the Indy car series, but to head up his CUP teams. He started out with Penske as a design/simulation engineer for the two car Sprint CUP effort. At the same time Penske hired ace open wheel USAC driver Ryan Newman as a development driver. Newman and Borland paired together for a few races in 2000 and 2001 while Newman was learning the transition from open wheels to stock cars. Starting in 2002 the two were a pair until 2006. They won 12 races in that span. They parted ways and Borland was the lead man for several other drivers until 2012 when they were reunited. In 2013 Borland and Newman paired up to win the Brickyard 400. For 2014 Newman is moving to
Richard Childress Racing, while Borland will be Vice President of Competition for Stewart-Hass Racing.
LARRY CARTER - - was a CUP series crew chief from 2000 through 2011. He led various drivers over that period including Rusty Wallace, Jamie McMurray, Todd Bodine, Paul Menard, Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott and others. He has two wins; one with Rusty Wallace (2004) and the other with Jamie McMurray (2007).
TRAVIS CARTER - - Crew Chief - is a former car owner and crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He served as crew chief for two decades. He is the uncle of NASCAR crew chief Larry Carter. Travis began as a crew chief in 1973, and led Benny Parsons to the CUP Championship right off the bat. Carter was also the winning crew chief when Parsons won the 1975 Daytona 500. In fact in his first six season Carter never finished worse than fourth in points. Carter has eight wins; six of them with Harry Gant. He won the Southern 500 with Gant. He owned Travis Carter Motorsports from 1970 to 2003.
RODNEY CHILDERS - 6/7/1976 - is an American NASCAR crew chief. From 1999 to 2002 he competed in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series, the Hooters Pro Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide series. Childers retired from driving in 2003 to concentrate on becoming a mechanic. He first worked with Penske-Jasper Racing as a mechanic for the #77 Kodak Dodge, before becoming car chief. In June 2005, Childers was named Scott Riggs' crew chief at MB2/MBV Motorsports for the rest of the season. He moved with Riggs to Evernham Motorsports at the start of the 2006 season, and stayed with him until October 2007, when he became Elliott Sadler's crew chief at Evernham. He stayed with Sadler until the end of 2008, when he moved to Waltrip Racing. Childers owns a Shelby Mustang GT500.It was given to him by MWR co-owner Robert Kauffman after he and Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600. Reutimann also received a Mustang from the co-owner of MWR. Childers repeated the talents they used to win the Coke 600 to win Reutimann an upset Cup victory at Chicago. After Reutimann went win less in 2011, Reutimann was fired from MWR and replaced by Mark Martin, and one of Childers life-long friends Brian Vickers. Rodney Childers and the team was renumbered to 55. Vickers won the #55 team a win at Loudon. On August 23, 2013, despite the Loudon win; Childers announced that he will be leaving MWR to become Kevin Harvick's crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.
GARY DEHART - was a Crew Chief in the NASCAR CUP series for 12 years (1990-2004). His career as a crew chief began at Hendrick in 1990. He was hired to lead the effort of driver Greg Sacks in a limited "research & development" 15-race schedule using Slim Fast Chevrolets. With that program, Sacks won the Bud Pole for the 1990 Pepsi 400 at Daytona and contended for several race wins; posting a best finish of second at Talladega. DeHart became a full time crew chief for Hendrick in 1992 with driver Ricky Rudd at the wheel. He got one win in 1992, and one more in 1993. Rudd opted to depart the Hendrick stable in 1993 to form his own team, opening the door for Terry Labonte, who joined the program in 1994. He and Labonte got off to a quick start together, producing three victories in their first season. They captured three more wins in 1995 and with uncanny consistency landed the 1996 CUP championship with two wins. In their four years together,
Labonte and DeHart forged eight victories before DeHart departed in 1997 to form his own business, building race cars. DeHart rejoined Hendrick and driver Terry Labonte in 2000 for two season, but they never showed the magic from before; posting only a best finish of seventh at Bristol in 2000. Over the next two season he only headed up a driver on nine occasions; recording a best finish of 24th with Kyle Busch in 2004. For his career DeHart had 10 wins and the 1996 Championship.
BARRY DODSON - Was a NASCAR CUP series crew chief from 1985-2001. His initial season he was paired with driver Tim Richmond working for car owner Raymond Beadle. The due ran well, but posted no wins. In 1986 Beadle hired Rusty Wallace to drive for him and Dodson and were a perfect match. They won two races together their initial season, and again in 1987. 1988 would see them find victory lane six times, but come up just a little short of the 1988 Championship that was won by Bill Elliott. In 1989 Dodson again won six events, and was able to get the CUP championship beating out Dale Earnhardt Sr by 12 points. Dodson paired with Wallace one more season in 1990 as they finished sixth in the points and acquired two more wins. 1991 saw Dodson move to Team III Racing working for owner Sam McMahon. He headed up multiple drivers that season including Mickey Gibbs, Dick Trickle, and Kenny Wallace. In 1992 he hooked up with Derrick Cope, and then in 1993 with Darrell Waltrip. Dodson was with Waltrip again in 1994, but after a tragic auto crash killed his 17 year old son, and 16 year old daughter he had to step away from racing. Dodson was stunned. Trey was a promising young left handed pitcher at his high school and was going to get drafted by the majors the following year. His daughter Tia was an excellent cheerleader. Both were killed in the prime of their lives by a senseless alcohol related accident. He came back for one race in 1995 leading Kyle Petty at Dover driving for Felix Sabates. Petty was starting 37th for the Miller Genuine Draft 500, and he was a long shot to win. The weather was dark and overcast before race time. So here was
Dodson, sitting on the pit box, confused as confused could be when all of a sudden the clouds opened up. Dodson, being the religious man he is, began to pray. "Trey, Tia. I know it's asking a lot but can you just make have a nice solid run, I would really appreciate it." Then, like in a movie, the clouds closed. Dodson wasn't sure what to make of his prayer, but it all started to make sense as the day would continue to unfold. A lap-one accident that caused 20 cars to wreck on Dover's newly paved concrete would slingshot Petty towards the front. It was on lap 232 that Kyle Petty would take the lead from Dale Earnhardt and never look back. Petty led 271 of the 500 laps at Dover that afternoon, dominating the event and making Dodson's prayer come true. Dodson has said he has never prayed to his children again, knowing that they are with him forever. It would be Dodson's last CUP win before he retired from CUP in 1995. IN all Dodson was a crew chief for 15 season and had 19 wins. All but the final one (with Petty) was with Wallace. Three times he finished in the top five in points with the one CUP Championship.
JAKE ELDER - 11/22/1936 - 2/24/2010 - was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief. He was the championship crew chief for two years and for part of a third season. Elder had these successes despite never passing through third grade. Elder was known as "Suitcase Jake" because he could never settle down at one organization for long period of time, hopping from one organization to the next. Elder was known for being a great chassis man and had great knowledge of car setups. Elder was the crew chief for David Pearson championship winning car for Holman Moody in 1968 and 1969. Elder worked for Darrell Waltrip when he was a young driver in the mid 1970s and he was Waltrip's crew chief for his first and last victories. Elder was hired by Rod Osterlund in 1979 to work with rookie Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt won the rookie of the year award that season. After Earnhardt won his first race, Elder said to him "Stick with me, kid, and we’ll win diamonds as big as horse turds". Elder left the team in May 1980, which was Earnhardt's first championship season. Elder later worked for Yates Racing until he was fired in 1991 and replaced by Larry McReynolds. He served as crew chief
for many additional seasons for different teams before he retired. Elder suffered a stroke in 2006 and in early 2008 he had a bout with pneumonia. Elder died on February 24, 2010 of natural causes. For his career Elder was Crew Chief for two of David Pearson's Championships. He headed up a race team for 14 seasons from 1967-1992 He wrenched for such drivers as Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte, Ricky Rudd, Davey Allison among others. He had 15 wins, including the 1967 Daytona 500 with Andretti, and Southern 500 wins with David Pearson an Darrell Waltrip.
JIMMY ELLEDGE - 7/14/1970 - In the early 1990’s Jimmy left his home town to go to North Carolina to work briefly as a mechanic at Roush Racing before going to work with his father in the garage of Richard Childress Racing. Between the years of 1992 and 1997 Jimmy worked on the #3 Chevrolet cars of the late Dale Earnhardt and when Mike Skinner joined the team as a driver in 1997 Jimmy worked on his car. He had a bried stint as a Nationwide crew chief before he went to Roush Racing where he worked as the shop foreman for the #6 team with driver, Mark Martin and was the front tyre changer for the team on race days. In 1998 season he was approached by Andy Petree of Andy Petree Racing, giving him the opportunity to work with his former boss at Richard Childress Racing as crew chief for Kenny Wallace and Bobby Hamilton. He had his first victory at Talladega Superspeedway with Bobby Hamilton driving the #55 car.
He stayed with the team from 1998 to 2002 before leaving to work with Chip Ganassi Racing. He was instrumental in guiding Casey Mears in his rookie year in 2003. He was crew chief for Casey for a further two years before taking Reed Sorenson through his inaugural Sprint Cup year in 2006. For the first part of 2008 he was the crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya before leaving to join the Red Bull Racing Team. Jimmy worked with driver, Scott Speed at the beginning of the 2010 season, finishing the second half of the season with various drivers but was later released as crew chief when new driver, Kasey Kahne brought his own crew chief, Kenny Francis for the start of the 2011 season. Elledge returned to the Nationwide series to crew chief for Justin Allgaier in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he led Algaier's two CUP starts, and four CUP starts for Kyle Larson. Of note - Jimmy was once married to Dale Earnhardt Sr daughter Kelly Earnhardt. To date his lone win was the one with Bobby Hamilton.
ERNIE ELLIOTT - 1947 - was the crew chief for his CUP Championship winning driver, brother Bill Elliott. The Elliott clan also included bother Dan Elliott and they made their CUP series debut at Rockingham in 1976. The Elliotts struggled using underfunded equipment for the next five years. Ernie was also the team engine builder and had always built strong power plants for their Fords. Aerodynamics was a major issue for Ford in the early 1980's as the old style box nosed cars struggled to push threw the air. Elliott Racing caught the eye of Harry Melling, and Melling bought the team and hooked up with sponsor Coors. When the new sleek nosed 1994 Ford were introduced, the horsepower Ernie had been able to create just to make the old box nosed Fords competitive quickly showed; and the new car was the class of the field. In 1994 Ernie led Bill to three wins, but in 1985 they teamed together to win a jaw dropping 11 events. Among those wins were the Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500. Winning three of the four major NASCAR races won the pair the Winston Million dollar bonus. 198/6 saw the team win twice, and in 1987 they once again won the Daytona 500 plus five additional races. 1988 saw Ernie lead the team to the pinultimate prize in NASCAR as they claimed the 1988 CUP Championship. Ernie's motors were very reliable as Bill finished every race but one that season, and claimed six wins including the Southern 500. During the 1987 CUP season Bill Elliott pushed Earnie's motors to a record
that will probably never be broken. In Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Bill qualified his Ford on the pole at a record speed of 210.364. NASCAR was of the opinion the Fords were too fast; so before the race at Talladega, NASCAR changed the rules for the Fords to try and slow them down. Ernie went back to the shop to try and imnprove his motors, and when qualifying rolled around at Talladega, Bill once again put his car on the pole; this time at an all time record of 212.809. Ernie claimed three more wins in 1989, and onethe final win in 1991. Meanwhile Ernie had plans for his own son Casey Elliott. Growing up in a racing family, in 1993 at the age of 18 Casey was ready to move up to the NASCAR series. Casey was set to compete full time in the Nationwide series in 1994, but in December of 1993 it was discovered he had a cancerous growth in his leg. Surgery was performed to remove it, but the cancer returned and Casey passed away in January of 1996. Bill Elliott started his own team and called upon Earnie to be his crew chief for part of the season in 1999, and had six finishes in the top 14 for Ernie's 14 starts that season. For his career Ernie Elliott headed up the Elliott jugernaut for 31 of Bill's 44 CUP wins. They claimed two Daytona 500 wins, two Southern 500 wins, the Winston Million bonus, and the 1988 Championship. Also of note - in 1985 at Talladega Bill won the pole, but early in the race it looked like the motor blew up as smoke billowed out of the car. Bill got down to the inside, and no yellow flag flew. When they raised the hood the team discovered the power steering line had blown off, but the motor was still fine. They capped off the line, and Bill returned to the track just in front of the race leader almost TWO full laps in arrears. Ernie's power plant and his engineering abilities allowed Bill to catch up and RETAKE the lead with OUT benefit of a yellow. Bill retook the lead on lap 145, and the race's first yellow didn't fly until after lap 160. SO it was simply amazing and one of the greatest modern day feats in NASCAR history.
GREG ERWIN - - Erwin was offered his first NASCAR job with Diamond Ridge Motorsports in 1995. He worked as an engineer for the team that employed drivers such as Steve Grissom, Jeff Green and Elliott Sadler. Erwin left Diamond Ridge at the end of 1995 to work for Team SABCO Racing. The operation grew quickly in the next few months going from one team to three. Erwin worked as the only engineer for all three cars. Erwin began working for Richard Childress Racing in 2003 helping with their new seven-post research and development program. Erwin's first crew chief position was for the Robby Gordon Motorsports No. 7 Nextel Cup entry. Before Erwin joined in 2005, the team failed to qualify for four races but only missed two the rest of the season under his direction. The team started outside of the top 35 in points and had to race their way in to the first few races in 2006. In its second year the team did not miss a race in 2006. Roush Fenway Racing hired Erwin as the crew chief for the No. 16 Sprint Cup car driven by Greg Biffle in May, 2007. Erwin's first race with Biffle was at Dover International Speedway. Biffle started in the 10th position and
finished sixth, his best finish in seven races. In September, his team went on to win at Kansas Speedway. Erwin and Biffle recorded two wins in 2008, their first full season together. The team made the chase for the second time in Biffle's career finishing the season third in the point standings. They went winless in 2009, but still made the Chase and finished seventh. 2010 found them in victory lane twice and finish sixth in the Cahse. after 18 races in the 2011 season Erwin was released, and replace by Matt Puccia. In 2012 He served a crew chief for Aric Almirola in the CUP series, and in 2013 was the lead man for Sam Hornish in the Nationwide series for Team Penske. For the upcoming 2014 season the plans continue to look the same.
TONY EURY JR - 1/3/1973 - is former crew chief of JR Motorsports #7 Go Daddy Chevrolet Impala driven by Danica Patrick. Eury is the son of veteran crew chief Tony Eury, Sr. Eury, Jr. worked with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. from 1991 to 2007. In 1993, he became the car chief (and one of the tire changers) for Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR Busch Series team, working under his father, crew chief Tony Eury, Sr. In the 2006 and 2008 seasons, Eury, Jr. helped Dale Earnhardt, Jr. get into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and challenge for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship; finishing fifth in 2004. In 2008, he began his crew chief career with Hendrick Motorsports, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. began racing for Rick Hendrick. After a poor showing in the 2009 Coca-Cola 600, some began to talk of Eury, Jr.'s possible firing; but was transferred to the R&D team on May 28, 2009. He was
replaced by Lance McGrew. On December 10, 2012, Eury was hired by Swan Racing (was Inception Motorsports) as crew chief for David Stremme in the Sprint Cup Series replacing Steven Lane. He held no crew chief position in any of NASCAR's top three series in 2013.
TONY EURY SR - - Started out in 1990 in the Nationwide series as crew chief for various drivers. In 2000 he became the CUP series crew chief for Dale Earnhardt who was driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Their first year together Earnhardt won two events. In 2001 at the Daytona 500 Dale Jr's father (Dale Sr) was killed in a last lap wreck, and when the CUP series returned to Daytona for the summer event Earnhardt Jr put his car in victory lane in honor of his father. Eury and Earnhardt teamed up to win an additional two events in 2002 and 2003. When the 2004 season kicked off Eury led Earnhardt Jr to a Daytona 500 win. That season Earnhardt compiled six wins and finished fifth in the points. To date these 15 wins are the only ones Tony Eury Sr has had in the CUP series. Beginning in 2005 Eury dropped back to the Nationwide series to help bring up young up and coming drivers; and to head up various CUP regular drivers in occasional one off Nationwide races. In 2008 and 2009 Eury was crew chief for a young driver named Brad Keselowski. He led Brad to six wins and a third place finish in the points both years. Eury has 25 wins in the Nationwide series; 18 of those with a young Dale Earnhardt Jr.
RAY EVERNHAM - 8/26/1957 - Evernham started working for NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki at the end of 1991. Their personalities clashed, and Evernham stayed with Kulwicki for six weeks before quitting at Daytona. As he was walking out of the garage area and NASCAR, Ford engineers Lee Morse and Preston Miller stopped him. They had worked directly with the Ford teams, including Kulwicki's, and they were impressed with Evernham. They suggested that Ford might find Evernham another assignment outside of NASCAR's top division. Jeff Gordon had just become a Ford driver and he had mentioned that he would like to work with Evernham again. The two had worked briefly together in 1990, when Evernham had worked on some chassis setups for Gordon's Pontiac team. Evernham thought back to that brief time
with Gordon, remembering, "From the first day we ever worked together, boom! We hit it off. We had fun, we did good, he was what I wanted, and I was what he wanted." Gordon's owner, Bill Davis Racing, did not want to hire Evernham for their NASCAR Busch Series team. "Bill Davis didn't want me," Evernham later recalled. "But Ford paid my salary to go and work for Bill Davis, because Jeff wanted me there so bad." Evernham remained the crew chief for Gordon after he moved up into the Sprint Cup from the final race of the 1992 season through 1999. During his time with Gordon, the duo accumulated 47 wins; among those the Daytona 500 (1997 & 1999); Coke 600 (1994 & 1998); Southern 500 (1995, 1996, 1997, & 1998); and the Brickyard 400 (first ever Brickyard in 1994, and also one in 1998). Evernham left Hendrick Motorsports and Gordon/Evernham Motorsports in 1999 to form his own team, Evernham Motorsports, which in 2000 announced Bill Elliott would drive for him. The team would also be the cornerstone for Dodge's return to Cup racing in 2001. Before the 2001 Cup season, a Dodge had not raced in the series since Phil Good at the Pocono Raceway in June 1985. Evernham led Dodge's return to NASCAR by fielding two full-time cars in the 2001 season. Bill Elliott was named to drive the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge on March 10, 2000. The driver of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge was announced to be Casey Atwood. In the last race of the year Bill Elliott claimed Evernham Motorsports first win in the Homestead 400. In 2002, Jeremy Mayfield was added to Evernham's program, taking over the No. 19 Dodge from Atwood. In 2002, Evernham found success with his new program by witnessing Mayfield win the Winston Open, as well as Bill Elliott winning back to back in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono and The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2003, Elliott ran strong with several 2nd place finishes and won the next to last race at North Carolina Motor Speedway at Rockingham and nearly won the season finale at Homestead, cutting a tire while leading on the last lap, surrendering the lead and win to Bobby Labonte in Elliott's last full time race. In 2004, Kasey Kahne took over the 9 car with Elliott running part time in a third car, number 91 and Mayfield in the 19. In 2006, Jeremy Mayfield was fired for "lack of performance" and for comments detrimental to the team. In August 2006 Elliott Sadler was announced as the new driver of the 19 car. Court documents reveal that Mayfield blames Evernham's personal life, included a claim that a "close personal relationship" had developed between the then-married Evernham and development driver Erin Crocker, and "sub-par" equipment as the reasons he has not won a race in 2006. Evernham admitted that he had an ongoing relationship with Crocker. Furthermore, he said about Crocker, "The proper thing to do and something her and I would like to do is move her to another race team." Evernham and Crocker eventually were married at a private ceremony in Las Vegas on August 26, 2009.
JIMMY FENNIG - 9/15/1953 - is a longtime NASCAR crew chief. He was the crew chief for Kurt Busch's 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. His first job in the Cup Series was as the crew chief for Bobby Allison at Stavola Brothers Racing in 1987. Allison won two races during their two years together, including the 1988 Daytona 500. The following season, he was paired with fellow Wisconsin racer Dick Trickle, who won the 1989 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award. Fennig continued to work with then-team owner Bobby Allison until Fennig left the team in October 1996 to join Roush Racing to become Martin's crew chief. Martin/Fennig had 4 wins in 1997, and finished third in the points. Martin finished second in 1998 points with seven victories. They remained together for three more wins, until in they did not win in the 2001 NASCAR season. Jack Roush moved Fennig to the #97 crew to be the crew chief for young Kurt Busch in 2002, and Ben Leslie became the crew chief for Mark Martin. The swap was a success as Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title in 2004. It was the first year of the Chase for the Cup.
Busch dedicated his title to Fennig. Fennig was named the Sporting News crew chief of the year. He continued in that role until 2006. Fennig became the crew chief for David Ragan after Ragan replaced Martin in the #6 car in 2007, and he remained in that role for 2009. Fennig was then paired up with Matt Kenseth in 2010. They had some success claimimg eight wins over the next three seasons and made the Chase each year. In 2013 Kenseth left Roush Racing to go to Joe Gibbs Racing, and Fennig became the new crew chief for Carl Edwards. They got two wins, and made the Chase, but the team had back luck and mechanical issues relegating Edwards to 13th in the points. Fennig/Edwards are still paired together for the 2014 season. So far in his career, Fennig has 38 wins with five different drivers. Some more notable wins include the 1988 Daytona 500 with Bobby Allison; 2012 Daytona 500 win with Matt Kenseth, and 2004 CUP Championship with Kurt Busch. His driver have finished in the top five in points seven times.
MIKE FORD - 4/13/1970 - was a crew chief in NASCAR top series. Ford's racing career began in the late 1980s when he worked at SABCO Racing under the direction of Gary Nelson. Ford worked as a mechanic and jack man with driver Dale Jarrett and owner Robert Yates from 1996–99. During that time, Jarrett never finished lower than third in points, won the 1999 Winston Cup championship, the 1996 Daytona 500, and scored victories in the Brickyard 400 in 1996 and 1999. In 2000, he worked as crew chief in the last year of Elliott’s tenure as an owner/driver. From 2001–2003, Ford worked as crew chief for Bill Elliott at Evernham Motorsports and won four races, including the 2002 Brickyard 400. Ford was crew chief for Dale Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing during the entire 2004 season and 11 races in 2005 season. Ford was hired as crew chief for Denny Hamlin and the Joe Gibbs Racing #11 team in 2005. Mike worked with Denny
full-time in 2006 winning the Budweiser shootout, and sweeping both races at Pocono. As crew Chief of the number 11 car Mike Ford won 17 races. On Dec 6th, 2011 Joe Gibbs Racing released Ford. On April 30, 2012, he replaced Greg Erwin as crew chief for the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, driven by Aric Almirola, for the rest of the 2012 season. In September 2012, Richard Petty Motorsports announced changes to its crew lineup. Ford became the new crew chief for the #9 Ford, driven by Marcos Ambrose, while Ambrose's crew chief, Todd Parrott, would become the new crew chief for the #43 Ford. In October 2012, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Ford was no longer with the organization and was replaced by Drew Blickensderfer at the #9 Ford. In December 2012, Ford was hired to act as competition director for BK Racing. For his career Ford was crew chief in 14 seasons. He had 21 wins; four with Bill Elliott, and the rest with Denny Hamlin. Hamlin finished second in the points in 2010. along with heading up Elliott's brickyard 400 win, he also led Hamlin to a win in the southern 500 in 2010.
KENNY FRANCIS - 12/1/1969 - is an American NASCAR crew chief. In 1996 when he began working on engines for Butch Mock Motorsports. Six years later, Francis became a crew chief for the first time while he was employed at Robert Yates Racing. During the season, his team won four races, as well as the 1999 Sprint Cup Series championship. He remained with the team until the end of the 2000 season, when he was offered to become the team engineer at Evernham Motorsports for Bill Elliott. For the 2003 season, he was promoted and became the crew chief and team director for Jeremy Mayfield. By the 2004 season, Francis helped the team to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in its first year and win a race. In 2005, his team made the Chase, as well as winning one more race. During the following season, he became the crew
chief for Kasey Kahne and got a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the spring. At the end of the season, his team was able to record six wins. Francis and Kahne failed to win a race, as George Gillette became part owner. During 2008, Francis continued to work with Kahne, and won two races: the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600. Afterward, Richard Petty became partial owner of the team, renaming it to Richard Petty Motorsports. During the season, they recorded two wins, and finished tenth in points. In 2010 Kahne decided to leave Richard Petty Motorsports to race for Red Bull Racing Team; Francis decided to follow Kahne. For the 2012 season, Kahne moved to Hendrick Motorsports. Still with Francis, Kahne won two races and recorded a career best fourth place finish in the final points. As the 2013 season closed Kahne collected two more wins, and once again made the Chase. So far Francis has 16 wins; all but one with Kahne. They have won the Coke 600 on three occasions (2006, 2008, and 2012)
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