5-hour ENERGY® Pit Crew Q & A
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Richard "Puddin" Coleman
Rear Tire Changer
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Years in Racing: 23
- How much different is it to prepare for a two tire stop versus four?
“Well, we can do a stop in half of the time so that is where the advantage lies but, we really have to remain calm because it is easy to rush this kind of stop and end up losing that time advantage by making mistakes.”
- What other duties are you responsible for on a routine pit stop?
“Carrying Rear Tires and making adjustments.”
- What adjustments may you be responsible for when trying to fine tune the handling of the car during a race?
“Adjusting wedge and track bar height, depending on how the car is handling and what the crew chief deems necessary.”
- How heavy are NASCAR tires? Do you have any special training or workout routines to help you get ready for the heavy lifting?
“55-70 pounds, depending on whether or not we run inner liners that week. “
“Weight training, live practice and drills are how I prepare for pit stops.”
- What is your earliest racing memory?
“Winning at the Orlando Speedworld in a mini-stock when I was 13 years old.”
- Best part of working in NASCAR
“Getting to race for a living. Being a part of a team. Knowing that I have made something of myself after a number of years working at it on the local levels.”