Jeff Hammond, former NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES championship crew chief, serves as an analyst for NASCAR RACE HUB, FOX Sports 1’s daily news and information program. He joined FOX Sports at the conclusion of the 2000 NASCAR season as an analyst for FOX NASCAR’s inaugural year of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage, moving over from his duties at Roush Fenway Racing as Kurt Busch’s crew chief.
Hammond served as an analyst for FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, the network’s prerace show, alongside Chris Myers and Darrell Waltrip from 2001 to 2013. In 2014, he covered stories on pit road as they developed throughout the race for FOX NASCAR, becoming the first former crew chief to serve in that capacity for network television’s NASCAR coverage.
In addition, Hammond offered his expertise for years as an analyst for FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice and qualifying coverage. He also co-hosted the BUDWEISER DUEL AT DAYTONA and the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE several times for FOX Sports 1.
In 1974, at the age of 17, the legendary crew chief began his NASCAR career as a tire changer for Walter Ballard. He transitioned to the role of jack man and served in this capacity for all three of Cale Yarborough’s NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES championships before winning the 1981 championship as Darrell Waltrip’s jack man. In 1982, Hammond took the helm as crew chief for the first time atop the pit box for Waltrip at the pinnacle of the future Hall of Famer’s career. Together, the pair visited Victory Lane an impressive 43 times, including Waltrip’s 1989 Daytona 500 victory. Hammond, known as a methodical strategist, was Waltrip’s pit boss for two of his three Sprint Cup championships (1982 and 1985), and won the 1989 GM Goodwrench Teamwork of Excellence Award. He retired with 508 races as a crew chief.
In 2006, Hammond received his first Sports Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Sports Person — Studio Analyst. Hammond visited America’s troops serving overseas in Baghdad and Southwest Asia as part of the NFL on FOX’s Thanksgiving Day coverage in 2010 and in Korea as part of the NFL on FOX’s Thanksgiving Day coverage in 2011. His broadcasting resume includes work for FX, ESPN, Turner and TNN, and he has co-hosted the nationally syndicated NASCAR Country radio show.
Furthermore, Hammond owns and operates Pit Training and Instruction (PIT) facility, a 24,000 square foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. PIT also owns 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance and specializes in training current NASCAR pit crew members, in addition to assisting aspiring pit crew members gain the skills and knowledge they need to break into and succeed in NASCAR.
Hammond attended East Carolina University, where he played football. Born Sept. 9, 1956, Hammond resides near Charlotte, N.C., with his family. You may follow him on Twitter at @HollywoodJeff.