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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30876249 Greg Zipadelli Greg+Zipadelli+ NASCAR

Zipadelli's primary role for the 2012 season is as competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, but he also is working as crew chief for Danica Patrick in her 10-race debut run. Zipadelli is a two-time championship crew chief with a wealth of experience. In 2011, he finished 24th in the standings with Joe Gibbs Racing's Joey Logano, the driver he led to a win and the Rookie of the Year in 2009. His two Cup titles came with Tony Stewart (2002, 2005), with whom he also won the Brickyard 400 twice. He began his crew chief role in 1999 with Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart. Overall, he has 34 Cup wins and 13 pole positions.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869143 Paul Wolfe Paul+Wolfe+ NASCAR

Wolfe is in his second full season as crew chief for driver Brad Keselowski. In their 2011 debut season together, Wolfe led Keselowski to a fifth-place finish in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, with three wins and a pole position. The pair won the 2010 Nationwide Series title in a season in which they snared six wins, five pole positions and 26 top-five finishes. He made 16 starts as a driver in the Nationwide Series from 2003-05. He has eight wins and a pole position as a Cup crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30878044 Donnie Wingo Donnie+Wingo+ NASCAR

Wingo returns to the series working with Trevor Bayne and Wood Brothers Racing. The group won the 2011 Daytona 500. In 2010, Wingo worked with David Ragan and his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team for the majority of the season before moving to the Wood Brothers to work with Bayne for his first career start. In 2009, he worked with driver Jamie McMurray at Roush Fenway. Prior to that, he led Juan Pablo Montoya to Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. In 2006, he worked with Casey Mears, also at Earnhardt Ganassi, the team he joined in 2003 and with which he also led rookie McMurray to his first pole position. His first Cup win came with Morgan Shepherd at Atlanta in 1990. Overall, Wingo has seven wins and five poles.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866571 Shane Wilson Shane+Wilson+ NASCAR

Wilson reunited with Kevin Harvick at Richard Childress Racing for the 2012 season. In 2011, he finished 13th in the standings in his first full season with Clint Bowyer in the organization. The pair also worked together late in 2010, winning the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In 2006, he was the crew chief for the RCR Nationwide Series team with Harvick — with the pair netting the championship. From 2004-2005, he was a Sprint Cup crew chief with Penske Racing and in 2002 worked with Brendan Gaughan during his rookie season in the Camping World Truck Series. Wilson has two wins as a Cup crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30870119 Pete Rondeau Pete+Rondeau NASCAR

Rondeau (right) continues to work with Regan Smith in 2012 after leading the driver to his first career Sprint Cup win, at Darlington, in 2011. They finished 26th in their first full season together in 2011 after Rondeau took over the crew chief role in May 2010. Previously he worked as a crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the opening segment of the 2005 season and with Michael Waltrip, also at Dale Earnhardt Inc., late in 2004. He served as director of research and development for Richard Petty Motorsports from 2005-2009. He has one win as a Cup crew chief. 

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869159 Dave Rogers Dave+Rogers+ NASCAR

Rogers became the crew chief for Kyle Busch just prior to the November 2009 race at Texas Motor Speedway and continues in that role in 2012. The pair made the Chase for the Sprint Cup the past two seasons, finished 12th in 2011 and eighth in 2010. From 2006-2009, he worked as a crew chief full time in the Nationwide Series, leading Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano to four pole positions and five wins. He won the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series owners title with the organization's No. 20 team. Rogers has eight wins and three pole positions as a crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30896096 Doug Richert Doug+Richert NASCAR

Richert is a championship-winning crew chief and is working with Landon Cassill this season. He's worked with several of the top teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He was the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt’s first Cup championship, and worked with Greg Biffle, guiding the Roush Fenway Racing driver to 10 career wins.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866564 Jason Ratcliff Jason+Ratcliff NASCAR

After years as a successful Nationwide Series crew chief, Ratcliff made his Sprint Cup debut with driver Joey Logano in 2012. During the past three seasons, he has led the No. 18 JGR Nationwide team to two consecutive owners titles (2009 and 2010) and 30 victories. He joined the organization in 2005, working with driver J.J. Yeley in the Nationwide ranks. In 2003, he led David Green to the Nationwide Series runner-up position. In 1999, he began his crew chief career with Casey Atwood in the Nationwide ranks. The pair earned their first win together at Pocono in June.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30871049 Matt Puccia Matt+Puccia+ NASCAR

Puccia took over the role of crew chief for Greg Biffle heading into the 19th race of the 2011 season. Prior to that, in 2010, he led Paul Menard in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, finishing fifth in the standings. He began his crew chief career in 2006 with the Roush Fenway Racing Camping World Truck Series team that had drivers Carl Edwards and David Ragan. He joined Roush Fenway in 2004. He has four pole positions as a Cup crew chief and the pair have won twice in 2012.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866594 Bob Osborne Bob+Osborne NASCAR

Osborne and Carl Edwards have been finding success together for years. They finished in a mathematical tie for the Sprint Cup title, losing on a tiebreaker of wins for a runner-up finish. In 2010, they finished fourth in the series standings. In 2008, they enjoyed a career season in which they earned eight wins together and a second place in the standings. In 2005, they combined for a third-place finish in the standings. Osborne made his crew chief debut at Darlington Raceway in 2004, working for the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing team and driver Jeff Burton. Overall, he has 18 Cup wins and 11 pole positions to his credit. Osborne announced July 17 that he will be taking another role in the organization, citing health reasons.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869153 Brian Pattie Brian+Pattie NASCAR

Pattie joined Michael Waltrip Racing and driver Clint Bowyer in 2012. He previously worked with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Juan Pablo Montoya, taking the role for the final 25 races of 2008 and continuing in that position well into the 2011 season. He earned his first career Cup win with Montoya at Watkins Glen in 2010 and led the driver to the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2009. He joined the Ganassi organization in 2004 to lead its Nationwide Series program. Pattie has four wins and seven pole positions to his credit as a Cup crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30865041 Todd Parrott Todd+Parrott+ NASCAR

Parrott (left) started the year in his second season with Richard Petty Motorsports' Marcos Ambrose (pictured), then in September switched to working with teammate Aric Almirola. Parrott and Ambrose earned their first win together in 2011, taking the victory at Watkins Glen International. They followed with a win at the track in 2012 as well. In 2009, Parrott worked with Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth for 17 races before joining the Petty team with driver Elliott Sadler. In 2006, he worked with Bobby Labonte at Petty Enterprises. He won the 1999 Cup championship and the 2006 Daytona 500 while working with Dale Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing. He began his crew chief career in 1995 with the Yates team and driver Ernie Irvan.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866592 Steve Letarte Steve+Letarte+ NASCAR

Letarte is in his second year with Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and is a longtime member of the prestigious organization. Last year, he sparked Junior's effort as the driver returned to the Chase for the Sprint Cup and finished seventh in the standings. Prior to that, he guided Jeff Gordon to consecutive Chase berths from 2006-2010. He began his role as a crew chief after the 26th race of the 2005 season, when he embarked on his run with Gordon. Six weeks later, he earned his first career win as a crew chief. He was a member of all four of Gordon's championship-winning teams (1995, '97, '98 and 2001). He joined Gordon's team in 1995, when he was just 16. Overall, he has 11 wins and 16 pole positions as a crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869142 Kevin Manion Kevin+Manion+ NASCAR

Manion is in his third season with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver Jamie McMurray. In their first season together, in 2010, the pair posted three wins, including victories in the prestigious Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. Prior to that, he spent four consecutive seasons as crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. He earned his first career win and pole position, with Truex, in 2007, and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the first time. In addition, Manion scored back-to-back Nationwide Series titles as crew chief for Truex in 2004 and 2005. Overall, he has four career Cup wins and nine poles.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30870117 Richard "Slugger" Labbe Richard+%26quot%3BSlugger%26quot%3B+Labbe+ NASCAR

Labbe is in his third Cup season with driver Paul Menard, and second with Richard Childress Racing. He led Menard to a 17th-place finish in the 2011 season. Prior to that, Labbe opened the 2008 season as crew chief for Jacques Villeneuve and Bill Davis Racing. He spent the first half of 2007 with MB2 Motorsports and then in 2006 led Dale Jarrett through the first 20 races with Robert Yates Racing. His first career Cup win came in the July 2002 summer race at Daytona with Michael Waltrip. He also won the 2003 Daytona 500 with the driver. He began his crew chief career in 1998 with rookie driver Kenny Irwin Jr. Labbe has five wins and one pole position as a crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866588 Chad Knaus Chad+Knaus+ NASCAR

Knaus and Jimmie Johnson have worked together in the Sprint Cup Series since the driver's debut in 2002. Knaus is the only crew chief in NASCAR history to have five Cup titles. He is second on the all-time crew chief wins list and has finished in the top five in nine of the 11 full seasons he has worked with Johnson. Knaus has led Johnson to an appearance in every Chase for the Sprint Cup since the format debuted in 2004. He began his crew chief career in 2000 with Melling Racing and driver Stacy Compton. He served as a tire changer for driver Jeff Gordon's original pit crew. Knaus has 58 wins and 30 pole positions, in addition to the five titles, as a crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866591 Chad Johnston Chad+Johnston+ NASCAR

Johnston (left, talking with driver Martin Truex Jr.) is in his first full season as crew chief with the driver after joining with him 17 races into 2011. Last season, they earned two top-five and four top-10 finishes together. Johnston joined Michael Waltrip Racing as an engineer in 2010. He has one pole position as a crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866580 Chris Heroy Chris+Heroy+ NASCAR

Heroy is making his debut as a Cup crew chief this season with Juan Pablo Montoya's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team. In 2011, he worked with drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two races) and Jimmie Johnson (one race) in the Nationwide Series. In all three of those starts with JR Motorsports, his drivers finished in the top five. He has served as an engineer at Hendrick for the past seven years, primarily working on Alan Gustafson's teams.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866589 Nick Harrison Nick+Harrison+ NASCAR

Harrison will serve as crew chief for driver Kurt Busch at Phoenix Racing this season. It's his third year in the role, but first with Busch, who joined the team this year. In 2011, he worked primarily with Landon Cassill as he drove 29 races for the organization.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869411 Jay Guy Jay+Guy NASCAR

Guy (right) is working with driver David Ragan at Front Row Motorsports for the first time this season. He spent 2011 mostly with the organization, rotating between Travis Kvapil and J.J. Yeley. He was Brad Keselowski's Penske Racing crew chief in 2010, the driver's first full season of Cup competition. In 2009, he worked with driver Regan Smith and in 2008 was with owner/driver Joe Nemechek. His first crew chief role came with Johnny Benson in the final two months of the 2003 season. He has two pole positions to his credit. 

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866566 Alan Gustafson Alan+Gustafson NASCAR

Gustafson is in his second full season as crew chief for four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Last season, he and Gordon finished eighth in the series standings. In 2010, he finished 13th in the standings with Hendrick driver Mark Martin. The previous year, his first with Martin, he and the driver earned seven poles, five wins and finished as runner-up in the series standings, a career year for Gustafson. From 2005-07 he worked with Kyle Busch, leading him to Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 in Gustafson's rookie year as a Cup crew chief. The pair earned berths in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2006 and 2007. From 2002-2004, Gustafson worked as a lead engineer at Hendrick after joining the organization in 2000 as a shock specialist. Overall, Gustafson has 13 wins and 11 pole positions as a Cup crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869149 Darian Grubb Darian+Grubb+ NASCAR

Grubb is in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Denny Hamlin.
In 2011, he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with Tony Stewart. Grubb spent three seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing, with Stewart never finishing worse than seventh in the points. He worked for Hendrick Motorsports from 2001 through 2008, with his first win coming as a substitute crew chief when he filled in with Jimmie Johnson for the 2006 opening races. He won the Daytona 500 and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the driver. Grubb, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, has 19 career wins and five pole positions to his credit.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866565 Todd Gordon Todd+Gordon+ NASCAR

Gordon is making his Sprint Cup Series debut as a crew chief with AJ Allmendinger for the 2012 season. In 2011, he worked with Brad Keselowski's Nationwide Series team, which earned five wins. In 2008 he joined Jason Keller for 29 races and Scott Lagasse Jr. for three in the Nationwide ranks. He began working as a Nationwide crew chief in 2005 and in 2006 worked with Kenny Wallace and Todd Kluever and in 2007 with drivers Keller, Kyle Krisiloff and Marc Mitchell.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866579 Tony Gibson Tony+Gibson+ NASCAR

Gibson joined Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Ryan Newman when the organization was formed in 2009. That season the pair finished ninth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and they were 10th in 2011. Prior to that, Gibson was a crew chief at Dale Earnhardt Inc. from 2003-2008, working with drivers Mark Martin, Aric Almirola, Steve Park and Michael Waltrip. He worked as Jeff Gordon's Hendrick car chief from 1998 to 2002. He also worked with Bill Elliott from 1993-98 and was the car chief and mechanic for 1992 series champion Alan Kulwicki. Overall as a crew chief, he has three wins and seven pole positions. It was announced in October of 2012 that he will work with Danica Patrick's Sprint Cup effort in 2013 and Matt Borland took over with Newman.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869146 Kenny Francis Kenny+Francis NASCAR

Francis is continuing his longtime relationship with Kasey Kahne, though the pair have moved to Hendrick Motorsports for the 2012 season. The duo's top season came in 2006, when they earned six wins, six pole positions and finished eighth overall in the standings. Francis also spent time working with Jeremy Mayfield at Evernham Motorsports in 2004, guiding him to a berth in the Chase. He started his career with that organization and Mayfield in 1993 after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in mechanical engineering. Overall, Francis has 14 wins and 19 pole positions as a crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869154 Jimmy Fennig Jimmy+Fennig+ NASCAR

Fennig returns with Matt Kenseth after finishing fourth in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup and fifth the previous season. He has worked with several drivers at Roush Fenway Racing, including Kurt Busch, whom he joined with in 2002 and went on to lead to the 2004 Cup championship. He earned 14 wins in four seasons with the young driver. Prior to that, he earned 14 wins and nine pole positions in five seasons with Mark Martin. He won the 1988 Daytona 500 with Bobby Allison and the 2012 Daytona 500 with Kenseth. He launched his crew chief career in 1986, with Martin. Overall, Fennig has 36 wins and 16 pole positions, as well as the 2004 championship, to his credit.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866583 Greg Erwin Greg+Erwin+ NASCAR

Erwin is in his first season with Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, who is in his first full season of Cup competition. Erwin worked with Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle from 2007 until 18 races into the 2011 season, then closed out the year with AJ Allmendinger at Petty. With Biffle, he finished seventh in the 2007 Chase for the Sprint Cup and sixth in the 2010 Chase. He began working as a crew chief in 2005 with Robby Gordon. Overall, Erwin has five Cup wins and three pole positions.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866590 Rodney Childers Rodney+Childers NASCAR

Childers (right) is working as crew chief of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 shared by Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Brian Vickers in 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the organization with David Reutimann from 2009 until late in 2011. The pair earned two wins together. He also has worked with Evernham Motorsports with driver Elliott Sadler. He became a crew chief early in the 2005 season with MB2 Motorsports and driver Scott Riggs. He has two Cup wins and six pole positions to his credit.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30866574 Drew Blickensderfer Drew+Blickensderfer NASCAR

Blickensderfer joined Jeff Burton's Richard Childress Racing team for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. He spent the previous year with David Ragan at Roush Fenway Racing, with the pair earning two pole positions and a win at Daytona International Speedway. Prior to that he worked with Matt Kenseth in the Cup ranks off and on — winning the 2009 Daytona 500 in their first race together — and in the Nationwide Series. Overall, he has three Cup wins and three pole positions.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30896097 Todd Berrier Todd+Berrier NASCAR

Berrier joins JTG Daugherty Racing as crew chief for 2000 NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte this season. Berrier most recently worked with Jeff Burton at Richard Childress Racing and, prior to that, with other RCR drivers. He won the 2007 Daytona 500 wih Kevin Harvick. His first Sprint Cup win came in 2003 with Harvick at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Berrier began his crew chief career with RCR and driver Jeff Green in 2002. He also won the Nationwide Series title with Harvick in 2001. Overall, he has eight Cup wins and five pole positions.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869150 Bootie Barker Bootie+Barker+ NASCAR

Barker is in his second full season with Casey Mears. Last year, the pair earned a season-best finish of 12th. In 2010, he worked with Max Papis for 23 races, then the final 13 with Mears. He joined Germain Racing late in 2009 after spending the first 24 races of that season with Michael Waltrip at Michael Waltrip Racing. In 2004, he worked with Jason Leffler in the Nationwide Series, helping the Haas CNC Racing team to its first victory. His first pole position came in 2003 with Dave Blaney, the same season he became a Cup crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30865939 Tommy Baldwin Tommy+Baldwin NASCAR

Baldwin is owner and crew chief for David Reutimann's effort in the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 10 Chevrolet this season. Reutimann is sharing the ride with Danica Patrick, with Greg Zipadelli serving as crew chief for that effort. Baldwin started his own team in 2009, but prior to that he worked as competition director for Bill Davis Racing. He worked with Kasey Kahne when he won rookie of the year in 2004 and went to Victory Lane in 2005. He also won four Cup races and the 2002 Daytona 500 with Ward Burton. He began his crew chief career with Dick Trickle in 1997 and has five Cup wins and 10 pole positions to his credit.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30869151 Steve Addington Steve+Addington NASCAR

Addington joined the Stewart-Haas Racing team and driver Tony Stewart for the 2012 season after a stint with Penske Racing. In 2011, he finished 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with driver Kurt Busch at Penske. In 2008, his first year with Kyle Busch, he won eight races and finished 10th in the stats. Overall, Addington has 19 Sprint Cup victories and nine pole positions to his credit.

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NASCAR 167 43 Make the call: Which Cup crew chiefs bring best resume? 30876258 Deep thinkers Deep+thinkers NASCAR

NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs, such as Chad Knaus, have a huge impact on the success of a driver week to week.

So who are the top crew chiefs in the series? The resumes tell the tale.

Check out a listing of the Cup crew chiefs — and let their stats speak for themselves.

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