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NASCAR crew chiefs and college football coaches have a lot in common

By admin | November 28, 2011

By Richard Allen


There are a number of similar characteristics needed to be a good NASCAR crew chief and a good college football coach. Each has to be able to assess and properly place their talent. Each has to be able to motivate the people around them to perform at their very best. And, the fate of each very much depends on other people.

It has also been shown over the last few days that there is a great deal of job turnover in each profession.

Since the end of the racing season there have been a number of high profile organization closures and firings. Even Sprint Cup championship pit boss Darian Grubb lost his job with Stewart Haas Racing as it was officially announced on Monday that Steve Addington would move to the top of Tony Stewart’s pit box in 2012.

Addington’s departure from the #22 Penske Racing car of Kurt Busch created and opening there which has yet to be filled.

Aside from the change at SHR, Richard Childress Racing has also shuffled their driver and crew chief lineup early in this off season. The #33 team will not run a full schedule in 2012 which freed crew chief Shane Wilson to move to the #29 team replacing Gil Martin for Kevin Harvick. Martin was reassigned within RCR. Also in that organization, Drew Blickensderfer was brought in from Roush Fenway Racing to take the reins of the #31 team of Jeff Burton.

Along with those moves, the shutdown of Team Red Bull has put at least one other crew chief out of work while Kenny Francis will migrate from that team to Hendrick Motorsports with driver Kasey Kahne. That, in turn, will send Lance McGrew back to the HMS R&D department.

Also keep in mind that Darian Grubb will almost certainly end up somewhere. That could very well set off another chain reaction of moves of those in charge of heading up Sprint Cup teams.

Just like with crew chiefs, college football has seen a great deal of movement as teams end their seasons. UCLA, Arizona St., Memphis, Akron and UAB are among those who are already looking to replace head coaches.

And just like in racing, there are sure to be more changes coming in the near future.

While the sports may be very different, the men who lead teams in NASCAR and college football have a number of things in common. The most disturbing of which to those involved is the fact that the time spent in one particular locale is limited.

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3 Responses to “NASCAR crew chiefs and college football coaches have a lot in common”

  1. Bill B Says:
    November 29th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Good article but with all the negative news coming out about college football coaches that is a terrible title.

  2. Chris Fiegler Says:
    November 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Who will be the Crew Chief for the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Team?

  3. Richard Allen Says:
    November 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am


    When I wrote this all the news of crew chief moves and football coach firings was just breaking so that title came to mind.

    After I wrote it out I thought about what you said in regard to the bad news surrounding Penn St but stuck with the title thinking NASCAR fans surely wouldn’t believe crew chiefs were involved in that behavior.