Buddy Parrott - - Parrott's career began in 1968 when he became a tire changer for Huggins Tire, a Goodyear distributor. In 1970, Parrott worked under Harry Hyde for Bobby Isaac. Parrott worked for Hyde's #71 team through 1974, then in 1975 he became the crew chief for Ferrel Harris. In 1977 he was hired by DiGard Motorsports. He worked under David Ifft as crew chief for Darrell Waltrip. In May 1977, following victory at the Winston 500, Ifft left the team and Parrott was promoted to full-time crew chief. The combination became one of the strongest in Winston Cup racing as Waltrip and Parrott won ten races in the 1977-1978 seasons. In 1979, Waltrip finished a close second in points. After winning four races in the first half of 1980, Parrott was fired from the DiGard team; he finished the season with the Harry Ranier team and driver Buddy Baker. Parrott was hired by Charlotte medical doctor Ron Benfield as crew chief for a team he had formed for 1981. For three seasons Parrott was crew chief of Benfield's #98 race cars driven by Johnny Rutherford, Morgan Shepherd, Rusty Wallace and Joe Ruttman. In 1984, Parrott was hired by Mike Curb to be Richard Petty's crew chief. Parrott and Petty won at Dover, and was chief for Petty's 200th career victory in
the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Four years later, Parrott joined Derrick Cope of Bob Whitcomb Racing's team, and helped him win the 1990 Daytona 500. In 1992, Parrott was reunited with Wallace at Penske Racing, winning 18 races together. Three years later, he joined Diamond Ridge Motorsports to work with Steve Grissom. However, Parrott left the team citing business disagreements with owner Gary Bechtel. In 1997, he joined Jeff Burton's crew, and helped him win the inaugural race at Texas Motor Speedway. Later that season, Parrott was fined $20,000 by NASCAR for improperly mounted roof flaps prior to the Winston 500 at Talladega. In 1998, he became the team manager for Mark Martin's Roush Racing team. At California Speedway that year, Parrott tripped over cords in the pit box, fracturing his ribs, but still celebrated Martin's victory in the 1998 California 500. He remained with the team until his retirement in 2001 after 34 years of service. For his career Parrott collected 49 wins. He had wins in World 600 (1978, 1979); and the Daytona 500 (1990). His drivers finished twice in the CUP points (1979 & 1993).
Todd Parrott - 2/19/1964 - an American stock car racing crew chief. Parrott is the son of former Richard Petty crew chief Buddy Parrott and a brother of former Carl Edwards crew chief Brad Parrott. Parrott's first crew chief position was working for Ernie Irvan in 1995 at Yates Racing. In his time at Yates he has also worked with Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler and David Gilliland. In 2006, Parrot was crew chief for Bobby Labonte at Petty Enterprises. He was working the speedway program in the Research and Development department of Roush Fenway Racing prior to joining Kenseth on the #17. After a poor performance at the 2010 Daytona 500 Parrott replaced Drew Blickensderfer as crew chief for the rest of the season. Midway through the season however Parrott was released; he joined Richard Petty Motorsports starting at Chicagoland Speedway as crew chief for Elliott Sadler's No. 19. He moved to the No. 9 team and driver Marcos Ambrose to start the 2011 season; two-thirds through the 2012 season RPM's teams switched crew chiefs with Parrott going to the No. 43 of Aric Almirola, where he remained for 2013. On October 17, 2013, it was announced that Parrott
had been indefinitely suspended due to failing to meet NASCAR's substance abuse policy. He was released by Richard Petty Motorsports on October 21. Parrott participated in NASCAR's Road to Recovery program for substance abuse violators, and the suspended veteran crew chief vowed to return to the sport's top level. Parrott was reinstated to NASCAR in January 2014, less than three months after being suspended. NO plans for the 2014 season as the year kicks off. To date Parrott has 31 race wins, 26 of those will Dale Jarrett, three with Elliott Sadler, and two with Marcus Ambrose. Major wins include the Daytona 500 (1996); Coke 600 (1996); Brickyard 400 (1996); He and Jarrett paired for seven wins in 1997, and the CUP Championship in 1999. From 1996-2001 Parrott led is drivers to top five finishes in the points.
Brian Pattie - 4/9/1975 - an American auto-racing crew chief; In 1994, Pattie began his career as the fabricator for Joe Nemechek at the Nationwide Series. In 1996, he started working for Hendrick Motorsports at the 1996 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In 2003, he started working for NEMCO Motorsports as the team manager and crew chief for Joe Nemechek. From 2003-2007 he worked for Chip Ganassi as crew chief on the Nationwide series for several drivers. In May 2008, he started working as Juan Montoya's crew chief. In December 2011, he was named as the crew chief for Clint Bowyer and remained there through 2013.He is scheduled to return there in 2014. So far Pattie has led his drivers to victory lane four times. IN 2010 Montoya won on the road course at Watkins Glen, and Clint Bowyer
won with Pattie three times in 2012. His drivers have made the Chase on three occasions with Bowyer finishing second in 2012.
Robin Pemberton - was a NASCAR crew chief from 1985-2001. Pemberton began his NASCAR career as a mechanic and fabricator with Petty Enterprises in 1979, becoming a crew chief in 1985. He led Bobby Allison for DiGard racing and posted six top five finishes. In 1986 and 1987 he crew chiefed for several drivers. He moved to Roush Racing at its inception in 1988 and led Mark Martin for four years. From 1998-1991 the duo posted five wins together, and finished second and third in the points in 1989 and 1990. For 1992-1993 Pemberton moved to Felix Sabates racing to lead Kyle Petty. Petty won three races in that period. He returned to Roush Racing for 1994, then moved to Penske Racing South in 1995. He was Rusty Wallace's crew chief from 1995-2001 where he finished his crew chief career. Pemberton was Wallace's crew chief for 230 races, which had been the longest driver/crew chief combination in NASCAR. During his tenure with Wallace they won 15 races. For his career he led his drivers to 23 race wins and finished in the top ten in points 12 of his last 13 seasons.; second in 1990 with Mark Martin. He returned to Petty to serve as general manager in 2002. Currently he is a NASCAR race official, currently the vice president for competition of NASCAR. He has held that position since 2004. Pemberton gained notoriety before and during the 2007 Daytona 500, in particular the 2007 NASCAR Gatorade Duel
scandal, when he suspended six crew chiefs for various infractions, and also threw out the director of competition for Michael Waltrip Racing's new team for using an illegal fuel additive during qualifying. His brother Ryan Pemberton was Mark Martin's crew chief in 2007. Martin and Kevin Harvick were battling for the win on the final lap of the 2007 Daytona 500. The race ended under caution flag when a big wreck happened on that final lap. Robin Pemberton determined the exact moment that the caution flag was displayed, which resulted in Harvick being declared the winner and Martin second by just a few inches.
Ryan Pemberton - - a NASCAR Series crew chief. His first gig in the NASCAR big leagues came at Roush Fenway Racing in 1988. Initially, Pemberton helped out where he could while watching and learning from the experienced crews. He advanced rapidly and his skills eventually led him to the position of crew chief for Larry Pearson in 1995; and the duo won two races that season. At only 25 years old, he became one of the youngest crew chiefs in the Nationwide Series. He ultimately made the move to the Cup Series, and continued to impress in the crew chief role for several successful drivers, including Mark Martin, Jerry Nadeau, Joe Nemechek, David Reutimann and Brian Vickers. He has two wins so far in the CUP series; One with Joe Nemechek and one with Brian Vickers. since he moved to the CUP series he has held a full time crew chief position there. While leading Dave Blaney in the CUP series in 2012, he also headed up the efforts of Danica Patrick for J.R. Motorsports for seven races. For 2014 he will lead Regan Smith full time in the Nationwide series.
Andy Petree - 8/15/1958 - is a former crew chief and current television announcer in NASCAR. By the age of 28, Petree was already a NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief on the Leo Jackson racing team. He started out leading driver Phil Parsons. The two posted a win, seven top fives, and 22 top tens in just two seasons. He was then switched over to lead Harry Gant; still with Leo and Richard Jackson. From 1989-1992 Gant and Petree paired to win nine events incliding the southern 500; and finished fourth in points in 1991-1992. IN 1993 Petree moved to Richard Childress Racing and hooked up with CUP champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. IN just three years the duo won 15 races, including the Coke 600; and Brick Yard 400; and two CUP championships (1993-1994). He led drivers Robert Pressley (1996) and finished out his crew chief career with Ken Schrader in 1997-1998. Petree formed his opwn team in 1997 and tabbed Schrader to be the driver. Petree fielded a full or part time team until 2003 with various drivers. Those included Joe Nemechek, Geoff Bodine, Bobby Hamilton, Greg Biffle, Paul Menard
and others. Hamilton won at Talladega in 2001, and Joe Nemechek won at Rockingham. The team folded after 2003.
Maurice Petty - 3/27/1939 - was a NASCAR crew chief for only 14 race in 1970. Pete Hamilton wheeled the Petty Enterprises machine while being headed up by Maurice. In 14 races the duo teamed up to win three events including the Daytona 500. They posted NINE top five finishes. Petty is the son of Lee Petty, the brother of Richard Petty. Maurice id better known for being the chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises and the lead mechanic and chief engine builder for his brother Richard. Richard is known as the "King of NASCAR," and Maurice is known as the "Chief". He built the motors that helped Richard Petty win his record 200 victories, and 7 Cup Series championships (1964, '67, '71, '72, '74, '75, '79). Richard Petty had 7 Daytona 500 victories with his engines. Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Paschal and Pete Hamilton also raced and won with his engines (over 250 wins total). Maurice raced for the organization in 26 competitions from 1960 to 1964. As a driver, his best finish was third place at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1961.
Matt Puccia - a NASCAR CUP crew chief for Greg Biffle since 2011. Puccia started out as a crew chief in the NASCAR Truck series in 2004 with Eric Norris. In 2006 Puccia moved to Jack Roush racing to head up a series of drivers including Carl Edwards and David Ragan. This continued in 2007, and he was the full time chief in 2008 for Erik Darnell. They got their first win as Darnell would find victory lane at Michigan. In 2009 he would move over to Yates racing and head up the efforts of Paul Menard in the Nationwide series. 2010 saw both Puccia and Menard move to Roush racing in the Nationswide series and they paired up for four top five finishes. 2001 saw Roush pair up Puccia with CUP driver Greg Biffle with 18 races left in the season after Biffle and chief Greg Erwin were only able to manage three top ten finishes in the first half of the season. Puccia led Biffle to five top ten finishes and many results in the low teens. The pair worked together to get Puccia his first CUP win in 2012 at Texas Speedway. They also grabbed a win that season at Michigan. In 2013
the again won at Michigan; and in both 2012-2013 he led Biffle to make the Chase and finish in the top ten both years. 2014 sees the pair again hooked up looking for even more success.
Jason Ratcliff - 12/8/1967 - an American NASCAR crew chief. In 1995, he became a mechanic and rear tire changer for Sadler Racing. In 1999, Ratcliff became a crew chief for the first time. Ratcliff became the crew chief for then Nationwide Series rookie, Casey Atwood while being employed at Brewco Motorsports. After working as the crew chief for him two years, Casey moved to Evernham Motorsports. Afterward, Jamie McMurray became Ratcliff's new driver. During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, he became the crew chief for David Green. While together they won three races, which resulted in a second place in the final standings. In 2005, Ratcliff moved to Joe Gibbs Racing as the crew chief for J. J. Yeley. In 2008, he was the crew chief for Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, which were both drivers of the 18. He was able to win five races total during the season, four with Busch and one with Hamlin. During 2009, Kyle Busch became the full time driver of the 18. Ratcliff and Busch won the championship, with nine wins. After seven years being the crew chief for the No. 18 Nationwide Series car, Ratcliff was announced to replace Greg Zipadelli as the crew chief of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series car, driven by Joey Logano. The pair managed to win a rain shorted race at Pocono with a
great call from Ratcliff. In 2013, Ratcliff served as crew chief for Matt Kenseth, but was suspended for one race after the No. 20 engine failed post race inspection following Kenseth's victory in the STP 400. The duo won six races in 2013, and was just edged out by Jimmy Johnson for the CUP Championship. 2014 sees the pairing of Ratcliff and Kenseth again, with another serious run at the CUP title.
Robbie Rieser - 6/27/1963 - Robbie started racing on the short tracks of Wisconsin. In 1984, he began driving late models. He won 14 different track, area and regional championships from 1990–1992. reiser started his own Nationwide series team in 1997. after his driver got hurt, he put his former Wisconsin competitor Matt Kenseth in the drivers seat. Kenseth was quickly successful. Then Reiser and Kenseth combined for a second place finish in 1998 Nationwide points with three wins; and a third place finish in 1999, claiming four more wins. There success as a small independant team caught the eye of owner Jack Roush. He hired Kenseth, Reiser, and their entire Busch team to run full time in CUP. The combination was again successful. They rapidly moved up the final points each year. In 2003 Kenseth and Reiser dominated to win the final CUP championship as driver/crew chief. The pair only wonone race, but their consistent finishes had them comfortably ahead when the season ended. This is when NASCAR implemented the new Chase format. The pair was together driving for Roush from 2000 through 2007. 2008 was the first time Kenseth ever had a
different chief than Reiser. The duo won 17 races together, including the Coke 600 in 2000. As mentioned they won the CUP Championship in 2003; and finished in the top ten from 2002-2007. Currently Reiser is the general manager for Roush Fenway Racing.
Doug Richert - 6/14/60 - was a crew chief in the NASCAR CUP series. He started as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Sr in 1980, leading him to three wins. He returned to the CUP series as crew chief for Neil Bonnett, but the pair didn't produce any win. He looked for work in 1985, and only was a crew chief part time from 1986-1990.He headed up the teams of Phil Parsons (1993), and Joe Nemechek (1994). In 1995 He led Ron Hornaday in the Truck series in 1995 to six wins, and third in the points. 1996-2000 saw him again as a prt time crew chief swapping from the Nationwide to CUP series. in 2003 Richert assume the crew chief duties from Randy Goss for driver Greg Biffle. The two stayed together for three more seasons, and produced ten wins. 2007-2011 saw Richert as a part time crew chief once agaion with drivers such as Brian Vickers, Regan Smith, Todd Bodine, Robbie Gordon among others. IN 2012 He returned full time leading up the BK Racing team and driver Landon Cassill. 2013 saw him finish out the season as crew chief for David Reutimann after Pat Tryson was let go. No word on plans for 2014. So far he has 13 wins including the Dodge Charger 500 (formerly Southern 500).
Dave Rogers - an American NASCAR Sprint CUP crew chief. He served as race engineer starting in 1998 for Tony Stewart's #20 under crew chief Greg Zipadelli. Success on that team earned him the crew chief position on the #11 Sprint Cup team with driver Jason Leffler in 2005. In 2006 Rogers moved back down to the Nationwide series to lead Joe Gibbs driver Denny Hamlin. The pair had two wins and finished fourth in points. In 2007 Rogers switched back and forth between Hamlin and Aric Almirola. Almirola won once, and Hamlin three additional times. 2008 and 2009 saw Rogers lead various drivers in the Nationwide series; mostly CUP drivers that stepped down to run a Nationwide race. He totaled 20 total wins including seven with Hamlin, five with Tony Stewart, and five with Joey Logano. Rogers moved full time to the CUP series in 2010 working for Joe Gibbs Racing, and his driver Kyle Busch. They are still together, so far winning 12 races; and making the Chase every year but one.
Kirk Shelmerdine - 3/8/1958 - was a NASCAR driver and former championship-winning crew chief for Dale Earnhardt. In 1981 Doug Richert left Richard Childress, and Shelmerdine assume the crew chief position for the first time. The two managed to finish seventh in the points. Kirk worked as a crew member for Childress until 1984 where he returned to his crew chief duties. Earnhardt was the only driver Shelmerdine ever crew chiefed for. In 1984 the pair won two races and finished fourth in the Championship. In the ten season that Shelmerdine lead Earnhardt, the two amassed 44 wins, and CUP championships in 1986, '87, '90 & '91). Notable wins included; Coke 600 (1986 * 1992); Southern 500 (1987, 1989 & 1990). His accomplishments include being the youngest crew chief to win a NASCAR race, and the youngest crew chief to win a Cup championship. In 1992, he announced he was retiring from his crew chief duties, and embarked on a racing career on his own to pursue his dream of being a driver. He raced off and on until 2010 when his folded up his shop and retired.
Frankie Stoddard - - A past NASCAR CUP crew chief and current Sprint CUP series team owner. In 1998, Frank Stoddard was hired by Jack Roush as a crew chief for rookie Jeff Burton driving in the #99 Ford. IN their first season together they paired up to win two races. 1999 the duo had even better success teaming up to win six races, including the Coke 600 and the Southern 500. 2000 saw them finish third in the CUP series points, and collected four more wins. Burton won twice the following season including another Coke 600. After 25 events in 2002, Stoddard left Roush Racing to go to Bill Davis and crew chief for Jeff's brother Ward Burton. The new pairing only produced four top ten finishes in 2003, with David moving Stoddard
over to his team driver Scott Wimmer to finish out the season. Wimmer / Stoddard produced a single top five finish in 2004. For the next several year Stoddard only was head man a couple times per season for various drivers. In 2010 Stoddard went to work for Bob Jenkins with a long list of drivers that season. In 2011 Stoddard formed his own team. He is the owner of FAS Lane Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. For the most part the team functions as a start-n-park team whose objective to to qualify for the race, start, and then a few laps into the race park and collect the purse. Many teams do this to stay visible to sponsors in hopes of picking up a major sponsor so they can race full time. 2014 shows that Stoddard's team will be racing in the CUP series again; but not sure in what capacity.
Pat Tryson - 6/12/1962 - an American NASCAR crew chief. He began his racing career while working with Kenny Bernstein at King Racing. In 1997, he became a crew chief for Geoff Bodine. Two years later, Tryson was employed at Roush Fenway Racing to become the crew chief for Kevin Lepage and Johnny Benson. Afterward, he left the team to work at Wood Brothers Racing in 2001. While there he was the crew chief for two drivers: Elliott Sadler ad Ricky Rudd, and won one race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Four years later, he returned to Roush Fenway Racing as the crew chief for Mark Martin. The pair was able to win a race in both 2004, and 2005. He finished fourth in the points both seasons. He was able to become one of three other crew chiefs to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in its first three seasons, with the others being
Robbie Reiser and Chad Knaus. In 2007, he was the crew chief for Kurt Busch at Penske Racing. The two paired up to win five races in three seasons as Busch made the Chase twice. In 2010, he decided to move to Michael Waltrip Racing to become the crew chief of Martin Truex, Jr. In midsummer 2011 he moved to JTG-Daugherty Racing as a consultant. In 2012, Tryson started the season as crew chief for David Gilliland at Front Row Motorsports. Tryson joined BK Racing in 2013, serving as crew chief for the team's No. 93 car and driver Travis Kvapil. Currently Kvapil is out of a job as 2014 kicks off, as is Tryson. As of now Tryson has accumulated eight CUP series wins. He also paired with Mark Martin in 2005 to win two races in the Nationwide series.
Billy Wilburn - 7/11/1966 - an American NASCAR crew chief. Growing up in the heart of stock car racing, Wilburn had an immediate love for the sport. It wasn’t long before Wilburn was able to translate his desire of racing into a full-time profession. He soon found himself working on a Dash Series car. Wilburn soaked in as much valuable information as possible and quickly learned the ins-and-outs of preparing a winning stock car. Wilburn took that experience to his first professional job, Stewart Racing, in 1984. Wilburn worked with driver Geoff Bodine and later with Rusty Wallace. Wilburn would later team with Wallace, but first Wilburn branched out to define his skills. The following two seasons Wilburn worked with ‘The King’ Richard Petty at both Curb Motorsports and Petty Enterprises. Wilburn was searching for a place to shine and landed at Hendrick Motorsports from 1988-1990. He worked closely with driver Darrell Waltrip. At the end of 1990 things finally became clear for Wilburn. He accepted a position at Penske Racing South and became a fixture at the organization for the next 14 seasons. Wilburn hit the pinnacle of his career in 2003 after Wallace personally picked Wilburn to lead his team as crew chief. The first time in his race career he had held the crew chief position. He led Wallace for two season, but did not produce any wins. Wilburn left as one of the organization’s most successful employees at the end of 2004. In 2005 Wilburn was appointed the crew chief of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford team with driver Dale Jarrett for 16 races in the middle of the season. Wilburn was hired by Petty Enterprises in 2006. He and Petty formed a stout combination at the end of the 2006
season. Wilburn led Petty through the rest of the season that cumulated with a remarkable run back inside the top-35 in owner points. From 2008 through 2011 Wilburn spent his time in all three of NASCAR's upper series being the crew chief for several different drivers. He claimed one win in 2006 with David Gilliland; his only win.
Waddell Wilson - is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and engine builder. Wilson began as an engine builder for Holman Moody in the early 1960s and he worked for them into 1970s. He became recognized after building the engine that Fireball Roberts used to win the 1963 Southern 500. Engines built by Wilson had 109 wins, and won three championships (David Pearson in 1968-69, Benny Parsons in 1973). Parsons set the record for the first 200-mile-per-hour qualifying lap at Talladega using an engine built by Wilson. Wilson later took over as a crew chief. His driver Buddy Baker won the 1980 Daytona 500. He teamed with Bobby Allison in 1981, and finished second in the CUP points. Cale Yarborough drove a Wilson-prepared car to victory in the 1983 Daytona 500, and the combination repeated their win in 1984 Daytona 500. Yarborough and Wilson worked together for Harry Ranier in the early to mid-1980s. Between 1983 and 1986, Yarborough/Wilson won nine races in only 60 starts. Rick Hendrick named Wilson to be the crew chief for his new third Hendrick Motorsports team in 1988, and driver Geoff Bodine. They teamed up to win one race. Wilson worked with driver Darrell Waltrip. The friends didn't mesh well together as teammates, earning only one win, and Wilson was named the team manager after one season. He was replaced by Jeff Hammond. Wilson became Ricky Rudd's crew chief in 1990 after Hendrick reduced to a two car team. Rudd/Wilson won one race each of 1990 and 1991. Rudd finished second in the CUP points. Wilson would chief six more races
through 1995 with little results. For his career he compiled 13 wins, including the World 600, and Daytona 500.
Donnie Wingo - 2/13/1960 - is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief. A long time fixture on the Sprint CUP circuit, Wingo has been around since 1990 and has been the lead man every year through 2013. In 1990 he started out with Morgan Shepherd and owner Bud Moore. Together they were able to pull off one of four career wins for Shepherd in the Atlanta 500; finihsing fifth in the points that season. Geoff Bodine took over the Bud Moore ride in 1992, and Wingo led him for two seasons. The duo paired up for three wins. Late in the season in 1993 Wingo moved over and took over crew chief duties for Lake Speed through the end of 1994. Speed left Moore in 1995, and was replaced by Dick Trickle. The duo produced one top 10 finish. In 1996 Wingo went to Travis Carters team and driver Jimmy Spencer, where he stayed though 2001. The three posted 13 top five finisges in that period. Wingo stayed with Carter through 2002 working with several drivers. IN 2003 he moved to Chip Ganassi's team and led driver Jamie McMurray for three seasons. They would not post a win, but four times they were runner up (Sonoma, Martinsville, Texas, and Daytona). WEingo was moved to McMurray's team mate Casey mears for the 2006 season, and the two posted two tops fives. In 2007 he once again visited victory lane with driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Wingo started out 2008 with Montoya, but swapped Wingo and Reed sorensons crew chief to try and help the young driver. In 2009 Wingo left Ganassi Racing and was again teamed up with McMurray at Roush racing and the two won at Talladega. He worked with David Ragan before
moving to the Wood Brothers in 2011. Due to limited funds and being a single car team, the Wood Brother had run just on the tracks they think they could be competitive. In 2011 in a huge upset Wingo and driver Trevor Bayne pulled off a win in the Daytona 500. Bayne and Wingo have continued together through 2013 and will pair up again in 2014. To date Wingo has seven wins, with Daytona being the biggest.
Paul Wolfe - 4/24/1977 - a NASCAR crew chief and former driver. In 2006 he was named crew chief for owner Armando Fitz on a new upstart team. He headed up several drivers in the 2006-200s seasons; the most with any one driver was with Mike Bliss (22 races). Working with eight different drivers they were only able to collect five top five finishes. After that he worked from 2008-2009 for a few different owners including Todd Braun, Bryan Mullet, Michael Waltrip and others. Over that span he led 11 different drivers, and was only able to get eight more top fives. This didn't reflex his talent as much as it showed the under funded, start up teams. In 2010 Wolfe moved over to work with Penske racing and was teamed up with another young driver: Brad Keselowski. The two immediately showed that they had chemistry that worked as they went on to win six races and the Nationwide Championship. Penske like the pairing and moved the duo up into the CUP series. They two continued to show they worked well together; even against the older more established CUP teams with
more experience. They won three CUP races in 2011, and posted 14 top five finishes; and finished fifth in points. The team was really able to shine in 2012 as they won five time, and claimed the CUP Championship in only their second year. 2013 saw the season start with good success, and it looked like Keselowski might be able to repeat his Championship. They had seven top ten finishes in the first eight races, but things went down hill from there and the team missed the Chase. The lone bright spot was a win at Charlotte in the Fall race. To date Wolfe has seven Nationwide wins, and has paired with Keselowski to win nine times in the CUP series. Penske still has great confidence in the pair as they are again paired together for 2014, and look to be a contender for the CUP title.
Greg Zipadelli - 4/21/1967 - an American crew chief in NASCAR. Zipadelli began his career in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series, becoming the crew chief for his family's team and immediately winning a championship with driver Mike McLaughlin in 1988, at the age of 21. When McLaughlin advanced to the Busch North Series in 1990, Zipadelli joined him, winning five races during the pair's four-year tenure together, and claimed another championship in 1997 as the crew chief for Mike Stefanik. In 1999 he joined Joe Gibbs Racing, partnering with IndyCar Series champion turned NASCAR rookie Tony Stewart. Their accomplishments include the 1999 Rookie of the Year title, winning a rookie-record 3 races, and finished fourth in the CUP points. The Stewart/Zipadelli combination lasted from 1999-2008. Those ten years produced at least one win every season; and they made the Chase every season - finishing in the top seven in points eight times. They also claimed the CUP championship twice (2002 & 2005) and 33 race wins. In 2009 Stewart joined with Gene Haas to form Stewart-Haas Racing.
Zipadelli stayed at Joe Gibbs racing to lead young driver Joey Logano for the next three seasons. Their first year together produced a win and three top five finishes. The next two season they only posted 11 top five finishes. 2012 saw Zipadelli leave Gibbs to go to Stewart-Haas racing to be the competition director and oversee Danica Patrick's part time CUP season. He is still currently the competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing. For his career as crew chief, Zipadelli posted 34 career CUP wins; the Brick Yard 400 twice, and the CUP Championship twice.
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