Every year there are a group of veteran crewman that retire and walk away from the sport. We try and recognize some of these crewman and say thank you for their time on pit road. This years crop of retirees might be the best talented group we’ve seen leave at one time.
We obviously can’t keep up with everyone and I’m sure there are plenty more talented crewmen that we are leaving out, but these are the guys that we know of and would like to recognize:
Heath Cherry #11 car, rear carrier
Chip Goode #47 car, rear carrier
Todd Drackulich #14 car, front carrier
Jason Pulver #3 car, front changer
Mike “Tiny” Houston #13 car, front carrier
We caught up with these guys and here is what they had to say about their time on pit road.
Heath Cherry: “I feel blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete on pit road for 17 seasons. No doubt I will miss the competition and comradery that comes with being a part of a crew, but thankful I have been afforded the ability to walk away at a time of my choosing….Plus, my back needed a break from carrying my changer Mike Hicks all these years. I hope to see you all around the track.”
Mike “Tiny” Houston: “I am very humbled and honored to have been a part of wins, championships, and competitive teams throughout my career. I will miss the intense competition on the weekends and the great 2nd family I have welcomed over the years. Now, onto the most important part of my life, being the best dad and husband I can be. Lastly, I am finally going to try and snowboard for the first time in 20 years.”
Todd Drackulich: “I had a great career. I got to meet a lot of great people and made friends for life. It was an awesome experience and I can’t complain. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a Busch Championship, 2 Cup Championships, and a Pit Crew of the year award. Being able to work with great organizations and some Hall of Fame drivers throughout my career has been a blessing. Working hard and following my dreams have made it all possible. If I could use one word to describe it, it would be amazing.”
Jason Pulver: “I’m excited to watch all the younger generations of pit crew members perform knowing they will still find a way to make the pit stop faster. When I started we were doing great with a 16 second pit stop. Now we are doing 10’s. I cant wait to see what these boys can do in the years to come.”
Chip Goode: “Its been a great ride. Not worrying about Daytona is weird but a relief at the same time. I will not miss the practice and 16 hour days on Sunday. The rain outs will not be missed either. I will miss the people that I was fortunate enough to pit with and the teammates that I made in the process.”