With the fans in mind, Pittalks has decided to do a where are they now section.  With saying that, we figure Chuck White is the perfect guest to start with.  Fans want to know where some of these pit crew guys wonder off to and we would like to help find them.  With that being said, pittalks brings you the first where are they now featuring Chuck White.

….First off thanks for letting us sit down and catch up.  Why don’t you give everyone a quick back ground of you’re pitting career and then we can catch up with what you’re doing now.

“Thanks for having me on the site and hopefully this section can work out to be a good one.   I was fortunate enough to spend 15 good years on pit road.  I think I won around 25 Cup races and was part of some really good teams.  In 2002 and 2005 I was part of Tony Stewarts Championship teams and was part of the 2000 pit crew champions over at Rousch on the 99 car.  I can’t complain about the opportunities I’ve had and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

So how did you get end up on a pit crew?  Brad Noffsinger was crew chief over at Sabco Racing with Wally Dallenback.  He came into the gym I was working out at and asked if I wanted to learn how to jack. “

When you started, were you one of the biggest jack men out there? Probably so, there weren’t any small guys because the old style jacks were different than the new ones.  You had to have a bigger guy just to get the car up.”  For anyone who doesn’t know Chuck, he stands at about 6’4 265 lbs.

What were some of the challenges you faced with your size?  “I was recruited as a tire carrier. When our jack man left I was put into his job.  I really felt comfortable early on as a jack man but it was just getting the timing down was the hardest part.  Back then 17’s were pretty good so it was a different time.  My size wasn’t as big a factor as just having the reps to jell as a jack man.”

Do you think other teams saw you pitting and realized a big man can move and be affective as a jackman?   “I think a lot eyes got opened up when the rainbow warriors came about. They really set the tone for athletes to come into the sport and it put a different light on big buys pitting.  You see tons of athletic guys on pit road now but those guys really set the bar high.”

Did you ever try gassing?   “I never gassed during my career as a jack man.  At the time, gas men were not doing as much as they are now. There so much more effective now than when I started.  I was never looked at as a gas man.”

What was your best memory from pitting?   “In 1999 at the Coke 600 we came in 2nd and went out 1st under green flag stops.   Jeff Burton went on to win the race and that felt pretty good to be part of that stop and team.  It was a “Winston No Bull” race so that just made the win that much better.”

When you got out of the sport, was it the right time?   “If you’re competitive you never want to get out.  As you stay in the sport longer you realize it’s a business.  Different teams need different things and that becomes the hard part to stay in it as a contract crew man.”

Would you like to get back into pitting?   “When I watch the race on Sundays I really get the juices going and want to do it.  If I had to get up at 3am on Sunday to do it I might think different.  I’m married now and have an 8 month old girl so it would definitely be harder.”

What did you do now?  “I’m a civil engineer for NC department of transportation. I’m in charge of the maintenance of the bridges in 5 counties.”

How hard was it when you were pitting at the Cup level to balance both jobs?  “Sometimes it went well and sometimes it was really tough.  Rain delays really hurt me.  The practices weren’t that bad but there was always something that would come up that made it difficult.”   I

s there anything you wish you could have accomplished while you were on pit road that you didn’t get to do?   “The only two things I wish I had was a Daytona 500 ring and a Bristol win.  Everything else has been good.  I’ve been really blessed.  I have two championships and a lot of wins so I can’t complain too much.”

As always Pittalks would like to thank you for taking the time to chat with us.  We usually give our interviews a chance to add anything they would like that we may have missed.   “I would like to add that I’m behind the success of my good buddy Dennis Terry, front tire changer on the 22 NNS car.  I helped get him into the sport and he’s been around for 15 years now.   Walt Smith and Trent Cherry might have coached him but I taught him the ropes.  Don’t forget that DT.  You might be the next WHERE ARE THEY NOW.”

 

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