In his first year on NASCAR’s biggest stage, Stevens (left) won the Sprint Cup championship as Kyle Busch’s crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing. It doesn’t get any better than that, especially after Stevens had to use substitute drivers in the first 11 races of the season.
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Tony Gibson, 5
A fixture at Stewart-Haas Racing since 2009, Gibson (left) has been a crew chief with that team for Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and now, Kurt Busch (right). Busch and Gibson won twice in 2015 and seem to be a great fit.
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Tommy Baldwin Jr., 5
Now the owner and crew chief for his own team, Baldwin (far right) scored his most famous victory came when he was crew chief for the 2002 Daytona 500 winning Dodge of Ward Burton (center) and Bill Davis Racing. That combination also won the 2001 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
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Kevin Manion, 5
Manion (right), who goes by the nickname 'Bono,' had a career year in 2010, when he was teamed with Jamie McMurray (left). That season, McMurray won the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the fall Charlotte race.
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Richard Labbe, 5
Known to all as 'Slugger,' Labbe was crew chief for Michael Waltrip’s second Daytona 500 victory in 2003 and Paul Menard’s Brickyard 400 triumph in 2011.
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Donnie Wingo, 7
One of the sport’s true veterans, Wingo (left) got his first victory as a crew chief for Morgan Shepherd in 1990. His most recent -- and most famous -- win atop the pit box came when Trevor Bayne (right) captured the 2011 Daytona 500.
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Rodney Childers, 11
In just two seasons as the crew chief for Kevin Harvick (right) and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, Childers (left) has jumped to the top of the profession, helping Harvick win the championship in 2014 and finish second this year.
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Todd Gordon, 12
At Team Penske, Gordon (left) has been an excellent fit with Joey Logano (right), who won a series-high six races in 2015. Gordon and teammate Paul Wolfe, Brad Keselowski’s crew chief, are a formidable duo.
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Jason Ratcliff, 12
Ratcliff has proven to be an excellent fit at Joe Gibbs Racing, where he has been with Matt Kenseth since Kenseth joined the squad in 2013.
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Dave Rogers, 15
For five full seasons, Rogers (right) successfully paired up with Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing. For 2015, he moved over to teammate Denny Hamlin (left), who won twice.
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Paul Wolfe, 16
One of the brightest of the new-generation crew chiefs, Wolfe (left) helped lead Brad Keselowski (right) to a Sprint Cup championship in 2012. That was the first such title in Team Penske’s long NASCAR history.
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Bob Osborne, 18
The 2008 season saw Carl Edwards win eight races, post 17 top-five finishes and end up second in the points with Osborne atop his pit box.
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Steve Addington, 20
Addington (left) has enjoyed considerable success in his career, with his best year coming in 2008, when he was atop the pit box when Kyle Busch (right) won eight races.
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Alan Gustafson, 20
A fixture at Hendrick Motorsports, Gustafson (right) has won races with Kyle Busch, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon (left). In five years with Gustafson, Gordon never finished outside the top 10 in points.
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Darian Grubb, 23
In 2011, Tony Stewart (right) famously told Grubb (left) he would be let go at the end of the season. Then, Stewart and Grubb went out and won five races and the Sprint Cup championships in a thrilling battle with Carl Edwards.
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Todd Parrott, 31
The son of another famous crew chief, Buddy Parrott, Todd (right) has had a great career of his own. Teamed with Dale Jarrett (left) at Robert Yates Racing, the duo enjoyed considerable success. Jarrett won the Cup championship in 1999, and from 1996-2001 never finished worse than fifth in the points.
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Chad Knaus, 73
With 73 race victories and six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships with Jimmie Johnson (left), Knaus (right) has numbers that dwarf those of any of his competitors. Simply the best of his generation and maybe ever.