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Former Virginia Tech player Caleb Hurd talks pit stops, Battle at Bristol
One play, one stop. A kick and punt return -- or five lugnuts and four tires. Football, air gun. The differences between NASCAR pit stops and the game of football are striking -- but according to former Virginia Tech place holder and current No. 11 gas man/engineer Caleb Hurd, the mentality is the same. Tough. "You can go out there and block a punt or something and spin the whole game around," Hurd said Aug. 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway , site of Saturday's Battle at Bristol between the Hokies and University of Tennessee. "So that's the way pit stops work. You can blow the race, you can help the race, you can be a non-factor … So the mentality is the same -- you just focus on your next job. Think small, don't think about the big picture because you don't have to. "And you've just got to be mentally tough." Mentally tough has been a mantra of Hurd's for two decades: He began his collegiate athletic career playing football under beloved head coach Frank Beamer at Tech from 1996-99. During that period, the Hokies went 37-11, making appearances at the Orange Bowl in 1996 and the national championship under the leadership of quarterback Michael Vick in the 1999 Sugar Bowl (played in 2000). "My first year it was awesome to go to the Orange Bowl when I was a freshman because growing up, it was like the biggest thing in the world," the Pulaski, Virgina, native said. " We played Nebraska, who was just coming off a national title. So that was like an introduction to the big leagues a little bit. "And of course, the national championship game, just to be a part of it, even though we didn't get to win. We were with Vick, we were leading in the fourth quarter … Just the crowd, the excitement … It was just a lot of fun. A lot of rings out of the deal, so that's cool." Since moving into NASCAR full-time as an engineer and pit crew member in 2001, Hurd's ring collection has grown quite a bit: He started his racing endeavor interning with Hendrick Motorsports ' engineering department as a college student. Upon graduation, he began working double-duty as an engineer and pit performer with Jimmie Johnson 's newly formed crew and then Jeff Gordon 's No. 24 crew before ultimately moving to Joe Gibbs Racing with 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin ’s No. 11 car. "I was kind of a local guy growing up near Virginia Tech so I just liked racing in general," Hurd said. "So that's why I went to Virginia Tech to get an engineering degree -- I didn't know if I would get in NASCAR, but that was my goal. And playing football, when they had the pit crew tryouts for Jimmie Johnson 's team, it was an opportunity to stay on the sports side of the sport, versus just the engineering. "It's kind of like being a scholar athlete still, I get to do my engineering job during the week and get to come out here on weekends and have a little fun going over the wall." Hurd's entrance into the sport was interesting, as teams around that time were just starting to use pit crew members that were first athletes -- rather than shop mechanics who moonlighted as pit performers. "(My first year) I was on a team with mechanics and stuff and I was the first kind of guy that did an athletic sport first and came in to do this," Hurd said. "Then, (I) was at Hendrick when the transition happened to just start recruiting these guys and train them to do pit stops. "It's not like other sports where you learn it in high school and then college. You don't learn pit stops until you start doing pit stops. You have the athletic ability, but you definitely have to learn the craft to go along with it. If you can do both, you definitely have a big career ahead of you. "But luckily the craft is so important to it, that's why some of us old guys are still around," Hurd said with a smile. Hurd's worlds of NASCAR and college football will merge in a different light when the Battle at Bristol -- a face-off between Hurd's Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers -- takes place at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 10. For someone who went from dressing in maroon and orange uniforms to putting on a fire suit each weekend, Hurd believes the gameday atmosphere will be similar to a NASCAR event at the Last Great Colosseum. "I'm curious how much crowd noise can actually be generated," Hurd said of Bristol's deafening reputation. "I feel like it should be pretty loud, so I'm sure it will be. But when we get racing, we don't hear the crowd anymore -- it's usually blocked out at that point. "… I'll be checking scores and crossing fingers."
Live Eldora updates: Setting Wednesday's starting lineup
RELATED: Eldora race format Eldora is unique in both racing surface and format, especially when it comes to setting the starting lineup. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying determined the official pole winner ( Caleb Holman ), but it doesn't determine the starting order for the race, or even who starts first. It simply sets the lineups of the ensuing qualifying races, of which there are five. The finishing order from those events, plus a Last Chance Qualifying Race, sets the final order for the 32-truck field. Follow along with us here. We'll continually update results from the qualifying races and update the starting lineup, found at the bottom of this article.
No. 8 Camping World Truck Series team gets P2 penalty
NASCAR handed down a pair of penalties to Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday after a P2-grade post-race violation by NEMCO Motorsports and an in-race behavioral infraction by driver Caleb Holman at Iowa Speedway . The NEMCO No. 8 Chevrolet team was docked for failing to meet the proper ride height in a post-race inspection after pole-starter John Hunter Nemechek 's 12th-place finish in the Speediatrics 200 . The team was stripped of 10 championship points in both the drivers' and owners' standings, and crew chief Gere Kennon was fined $6,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year. After the points adjustment, Nemechek drops from sixth place to a tie for eighth place in the driver standings. Holman was fined $5,000 and also placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for approaching the racing surface after a crash with eight laps remaining. After exiting his wrecked No. 75 truck, Holman walked away from NASCAR officials and safety workers to gesture from the track apron at Austin Wayne Self's passing vehicle. Holman finished 26th in the 32-truck field; Self was 16th.
Nemechek crashes late at Iowa
John Hunter Nemechek makes contact with Caleb Holman on Lap 157 at Iowa Speedway.
Ryan Blaney wins in overtime at Bristol
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated standings BRISTOL, Tenn -- A spin with four laps to go in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway proved to be the saving grace for Brad Keselowski Racing's Ryan Blaney , who grabbed the lead on a green-white-checkered restart to win his first race of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Blaney recovered from an early race penalty for jumping a restart to find himself closing on leader Matt Crafton with five laps remaining. When Ty Dillon spun on Lap 196, it triggered the final caution of the night and the opportunity for Blaney to steal Crafton's thunder. On the final restart, Crafton's truck sputtered, failing to come up to speed, allowing Blaney to take off and seal his fourth career NCWTS victory. "It feels really good," Blaney said. "I'm proud of everyone on this No. 29 team. I've had a chance to drive this truck four times this year and we've come really, really close every single time and to finally get it to Victory Lane, my last start of the year for this truck, it really means a lot to get Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) and Brad (Keselowski, team owner) back to Victory Lane. "To do that in that fashion coming from a lap down and being able to drive through the field like that says a lot about our race team and a lot about what as an organization we can do." Keystone Light Pole Award winner Kyle Busch 's slow start allowed outside pole-sitter Blaney to steal the lead early by the exit of Turn 1, controlling the field through the first caution on Lap 31 for a spin in Turn 2. On the restart, Blaney roared away from the field, but a few laps later, NASCAR black-flagged him on Lap 37 for jumping the restart, forcing a pass-through penalty, giving the lead to Cole Custer . Busch, who restarted fifth, methodically worked his way forward and attempted to take the lead away from the young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, but Custer kept Busch at bay through the race's second caution on Lap 79 for debris in Turn 1. Busch and Johnny Sauter would trade the lead following the caution, before Custer returned to the top spot on lap 90. A more than 1.5-second lead for Custer would be erased when Ray Black Jr . and Caleb Holman crashed in Turn 4 on lap 112. With darkening skies overhead and the threat of rain approaching the World's Fastest Half-Mile, a majority of the teams elected to stay out. Despite his best efforts, Crafton tried to snatch the lead away from the JR Motorsports driver, but to no avail. Custer slowly saw Crafton become a diminishing factor in his rear-view mirror until he hit heavy lap traffic with 50 laps remaining. That's when Spencer Gallagher spun in Turns 3 and 4, and Custer found himself trapped in the high-line and collided with Gallagher. Heavy front-end damage sent the No. 00 Chevrolet to pit road for repairs, eliminating the NASCAR Next driver from competition. As the accident happened, Crafton slipped by on the inside and took the lead -- which he held until the green-white-checkered restart that lost him the race. While under yellow for the fourth time of the night, heavy rain began to fall, causing a red flag for 45 minutes, 50 seconds while the track was dried. Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Aug. 30 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the third-annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 . Blaney is the defending champion. MORE: Nemechek gets career-best finish
Kroger 200 entry list
See which drivers will compete as the series returns to Martinsville RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 00 Cole Custer Gene Haas Joe Shear 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 2 0 Matt Tifft Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 13 Chevrolet TBA 3 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 4 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Mike Beam 14 Toyota Zaxby's 5 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Doug Weddle 13 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Camden Murphy Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 13 Chevrolet TBA 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota TBD 9 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 12 RAM Driven2Honor.org 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet 811 Call Before You Dig 13 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 14 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford Broken Bow Records 15 20 Gray Gaulding Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Gemini Southern / Krispy Kreme 16 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 23 Max Gresham Maurice Gallagher Jr Ryan London 14 Chevrolet AmWins Group, Inc. 18 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 19 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 20 32 Alex Guenette Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet MOTORS ILLIMITEES 21 133 Brandon Jones Maurice Gallagher Jr Shane Huffman 14 Chevrolet TBA 22 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 23 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet TBA 24 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 25 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott 26 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 27 74 Wendell Chavous Mike Harmon TBA 13 Chevrolet Vydox 28 175 Caleb Holman Charles Henderson Darrell Holman 14 Chevrolet Food Country USA-Gain Flings-Lopez Wealth Mgmt. 29 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 30 180 Jody Knowles Tracy Wallace Wayne Hansard 09 Ford Clayton Signs, Inc. 31 182 Cody Erickson John Corr Michael Cheek 13 Ford Performance Auto 32 186 Brandon Brown Jerry Brown Adam Brenner 13 Chevrolet Willmar Concrete Pumping 33 187 Charles Buchanan Jr Charles Buchanan Jr Craig Wood 13 Ford Spring Drug 34 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Ideal Door/Menards 35 92 Austin Hill Ricky Benton Michael Hester 14 Ford BTS Tire/ Goodyear Fleet HQ/ Wynns 36 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Smokey Mountain/Curb Records 37 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Multiple truck pileup brings out red flag
William Byron, John Hunter Nemechek, and others are involved in an eight-truck pileup at Eldora Speedway.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Manufacturer: Toyota Engine manufacturer : TRD Debut season: 1992 Owner standings Joe Gibbs Racing was launched in 1991 by former NFL head coach Joe Gibbs. As Gibbs looked to move from coaching to a new chapter in his career, his friend Don Meredith was looking for opportunities to race in NASCAR, and the team was born with its first season of premier series competition coming in 1992. In 1993, driver Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 for JGR's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Bobby Labonte took to the drivers seat, replacing Jarrett, in 1995. Since then, the team has claimed three championships in the series: in 2000 with Bobby Labonte and '02 and '05 with Tony Stewart , who became the team's second driver in 1999. The team expanded to a third full-time car in 2006 with J.J. Yeley behind the wheel. 2012 brought Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th Cup win, when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . In 2015, JGR expanded to a fourth full-time car with Carl Edwards behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota. JGR is based in Huntersville, NC, with over 450 employees in a facility of 250,000 square feet. Visit the team's web site here. Follow Joe Gibbs Racing on Facebook and Twitter . Driver: Denny Hamlin Car Number: #11 Hometown: Chesterfield, VA Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Year: 2006 Primary team members: Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler " Hometown: Southold, NY Car Chief: Leo Thorsen " Hometown: Stoughton, WI Spotter: Chris Lambert " Hometown: Kannapolis, NC Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: Caleb Hurd " Hometown: Pulaski, VA Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise " Hometown: Gulfport, MS Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram " Hometown: Statesville, NC Jackman: Nate Bolling " Hometown: Swanton, OH Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks " Hometown: Salisbury, NC Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry " Hometown: Belmont, NC Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa " Hometown: Vienna, VA JGR Athletic Director: Mike Lepp " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Road crew members: Truck Drivers: Frank Hodel " Hometown: High Bridge, NJ, David Ott " Hometown: St. Mary's, PA Tire Specialist: Kerry Ferris " Hometown: Perry, NY Shock Specialist: Drew Bible " Hometown: Coldwater, MI Engineer: Matt Beckman " Hometown: Glenview, IL Engineer: Sam McAuley " Hometown: Huntersville, NC Mechanic: Troy Welty " Hometown: Manchester, PA Mechanic: John Furino " Hometown: East Meadow, NY Interior Mechanic: Sean Kerlin " Hometown: Marysville, PA Driver: Kyle Busch Car Number: #18 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Year: 2005 Primary team members: Crew Chief: Adam Stevens " Hometown: Portsmouth, OH Car Chief: Nate Bellows " Hometown: Fairfax, VT Engine Specialist: Mike Johnson " Hometown: Bozeman, MT Spotter: Tony Hirschman " Hometown: Northhampton, PA Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: Tom Lampe " Hometown: Beatrice, NE Pit Support: Marcus Bonicelli " Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO Pit Support: Jeff Koons " Hometown: Greenfield, IN Front Tire Changer: Josh Leslie " Hometown: Mount Clemens, MI Front Tire Carrier: Brad Donaghy " Hometown: Orange County, VA Jackman: T.J. Ford " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Rear Tire Changer: Jake Seminara " Hometown: Steubenville, OH Rear Tire Carrier: Kenny Barber " Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY Road crew members: Truck Drivers: Brendan “Slim” Greene " Hometown: Midland, NC, Jamie “Montana” Price " Hometown: Choteau, MT Tire Specialist: Gregory Katzke " Hometown: Wausau, WI Shock Specialist: Chris Chase " Hometown: Nichols, NY Engineer: Ben Beshore " Hometown: York, PA Engineer: Gene Watchtel " Hometown: Clearwater, FL Front End Mechanic: Brandon Griffeth " Hometown: Pittsfield, IL Rear End Mechanic: Chris Jones " Hometown: Smith Mountain Lake, VA Mechanic: Todd Foster " Hometown: Birmingham, AL Interior Mechanic: Wesley Lape " Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA Driver: Carl Edwards Car Number: #19 Hometown: Columbia, MO Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Primary team members: Crew Chief: Dave Rogers " Hometown: Marshfield, VT Car Chief: Eric Phillips " Hometown: Canton, IL Engine Specialist: James Dudley " Hometown: Porterville, CA Spotter: Jason Hedlesky " Hometown: Clinton, MI Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: Kenneth Purcell " Hometown: Savannah, GA Windshield: Zack Miller " Hometown: Vista, CA Front Tire Changer: Clay Robinson " Hometown: Simi Valley, CA Front Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris " Hometown: Sanford, FL Jackman: Trey Burklin " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Rear Tire Changer: Matt Ver Meer " Hometown: Montezuma, IA Rear Tire Carrier: Kip Wolfmeir " Hometown: Kingdom City, MO Road crew members: Truck Driver: Kyle Bazzell " Hometown: Fairbury, IL Truck Driver: Bob Hannigan " Hometown: High Bridge, NJ Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski " Hometown: Trumbull, CT Shock Specialist: Ron Denton " Hometown: Bristol, VA Engineer: Lee Hallman " Hometown: Claremont, NC Engineer: Kenny Oates " Hometown: Miami, FL Mechanic: Matt Tyrrell " Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Fuel Runner: Ben Surface " Hometown: Pulaski, VA Driver: Matt Kenseth Car Number: #20 Hometown: Cambridge, WI Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Year: 2000 Primary team members: Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff " Hometown: Sumter, SC Car Chief: Jeff Meendering " Hometown: Concord, NC Engine Specialist: Gregg Wilson " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Spotter: Chris Osborne " Hometown: High Point, NC Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: John Eicher " Hometown: London, KY Front Tire Changer: John Royer " Hometown: Otis, KS Front Tire Carrier: Joe Crossen " Hometown: Salisbury, NC Jackman: Jason Tate " Hometown: Statesville, NC Rear Tire Changer: Adam Hartman " Hometown: Oxford, NC Rear Tire Carrier: Blake Haugland " Hometown: My. Ayr, IA Road crew members: Truck Driver: Dennis Valverde " Hometown: Albuquerque, NM Truck Driver: Tom McCrimmon " Hometown: Mount Pleasant, NC Tire Specialist: Jerold Shires " Hometown: Waiteville, WV Shock Specialist: Scott Myers " Hometown: Modesto, CA Engineer: Michael Lorusso " Hometown: Asburn, VA Engineer: Levi Porter " Hometown: Wyben, MA Mechanic: Alan Buzze " Hometown: Onondoga, NY Mechanic: Jason Overstreet " Hometown: Clearwater, FL
2015 All Pit Road Team as voted by peers
When we started the All Pit Road Team four years ago we wanted to make it as legitimate as possible. We wanted pit crew members to vote on who they thought were the best of the best. This year we changed it up and only members of the 16 Chase pit crews were eligible for the awards. We had the best turnout in voting since we started. We had over 1,730 total votes cast among all the positions. The position votes were as tight as they've ever been. Congratulations to everyone who won. Front Tire Changer First Team: No. 19 Clay Robinson (40) Second Team: No. 11 Dustin Necaise (33) Third Team: No. 48 Cam Waugh (26) Honorable Mention: No. 41 Shane Pipala (21) Front Tire Carrier First Team: No. 22 Dylan Dowell (32) Second Team: No. 19 Kevin Harris (30) Third Team: No. 2 Jeremy Ogles (23) Honorable Mention: No. 20 Joe Crossen (19) Jackman First Team: No. 11 Nate Bolling (36) Second Team: No. 22 Ray Gallahan (29) Third Team: No. 2 Braxton Brannon (28) Honorable Mention: No. 19 Trey Burklin (22) Rear Changer First Team: No. 11 Mike Hicks (48) Second Team: No. 18 Jake Seminara (26) Third Team: No. 4 Daniel Smith (25) Honorable Mention: No. 22 Zach Price (23) Rear Tire Carrier First Team: No. 19 Matt Ver Meer (34) Second Team: No. 11 Heath Cherry (30) Third Team: No. 18 Kenny Barber (24) Honorable Mention: No. 4 Mike Morneau (23) Gasmen First Team: No. 22 Kellen Mills (28) Second Team: No. 4 Justin White (27) Third Team: No. 11 Caleb Hurd (25) Honorable Mention: No. 48 Brandon Harder (23) Coach Trent Cherry: Team Penske (30) Mike Lepp: JGR (24) Joe Piette: SHR (22) Crew -- voted on by crewmen Denny Hamlin , JGR No. 11 Crew -- voted on by crew chiefs (Mechanix Wear Award) Kurt Busch , SHR No. 41 For more pit crew news, go to PitTalks.com .
Truck Series pit stall assignments for Pocono
See where drivers will pit for the Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET, FS1) The Camping World Truck Series pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) and the 21 Means 21 Qualifying Pole Award winner Erik Jones chose the first pit stall off pit road. Jones chose a pit stall that has an empty space in front of him, as did Kyle Busch (stall 7), Austin Dillon (stall 12), Kevin Harvick (stall 17), John Hunter Nemechek (stall 22), John Wes Townley (stall 31) and Daniel Hemric (stall 37). Caleb Roark chose the first stall onto pit road (stall 40) with three empty spaces behind him. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule