Adam Stevens: Most Underrated Crew Chief In NASCAR

Who are the best crew chiefs in NASCAR? Love him or hate him, Chad Knaus comes to mind. Rodney Childers has done great work throughout his career. How about Todd Gordon? Or Cole Pearn? Or Adam Stevens? Adam Stevens? Who's that? Just possibly one of the best in the business these days. How many can say they helped their driver to a championship in their rookie season atop the pit box? Adam Stevens can. Not unlike a lot of pit bosses, Stevens started out a racer. Not unlike a lot of raci ...

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Cole Pearn Is NASCAR’s New Resident Genius

That call to pit? Forget it, we're staying out. Cole Pearn- the crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. and the 78 car- helped deliver the win for his team. The call enabled Truex to obliterate the field at the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Sunday by ten seconds! Wham! How many times has Cole Pearn been a factor in a 78 win? I don't have an exact figure, but the number continues to climb higher. Not to dismiss the talents of Truex, but remember that 16 of his 18 victories have come since 2015. L ...

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WHY IS BEING DALE EARNHARDT JR.’S CREW CHIEF SO DIFFICULT?

Steve Letarte became Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s third crew chief since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, which begs the question, "Why is it so difficult to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief?" Junior seems like an affable guy, he's backed by one of the strongest owners in NASCAR, he's got his own theme song and the team works side-by-side with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. So why is there more turnover here than a McDonalds short order cook? Here are the top five challenges to ...

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NEW CREW CHIEF FOR EARNHARDT?

Look for a major shakeup soon on the No. 88 team. Dale Earnhardt Jr. endured another disappointing run at Michigan, and with the dust settled on the Kasey Kahne deal, Rick Hendrick can once again focus on righting the 88 team. One possible outcome: grab Kenny Francis and put him on the No. 5 car and slide Alan Gustafson over to the 88. This is much more probable than the other logical solution -- finding a new driver. Time for another shake-up to Earnhardt's team (SI.com)  ...

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LATE RACE PIT DECISIONS CAN BE AGONIZING

When caution flags wave late in an event, crucial decisions need to be made, and in a hurry.A flow chart runs through a crew chief’s mind to make a call that the team, fans and sponsors hope is correct. A lot of weight is put on one man’s shoulders very quickly and he needs to be choosing correctly. This is what he signed up for and why some make healthy paychecks. And why some can gain gray hair.A series of questions need to be answered fast. Where are we running? Late in the Su ...

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