As we know, when you go to Victory Lane at a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race, part of the celebration process is the preverbal “Hat Dance”. The pit crew of the #17 car earned many hats at Talladega when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took home the win…a win that their founder and co-owner Jack Roush, aka “The Cat in the Hat”, has been without since June of 2014. Who are the over the wall guys that left Talladega reeking of Champagne:

Mike Lingerfelt           Front Tire Changer

Kevin Richardson       Front Tire Carrier

Mike Russell               Jackman

Raphael Diaz              Rear Tire Changer

Brad Sutton                Rear Tire Carrier

Kevin Wing                 Gasman

The above group is a unique blend of veteran and rookie crewmembers. Russell and Diaz are actually filling in for injured teammates and have done an excellent job. I talked to veteran tire changer Mike Lingerfelt and got his thoughts on the win.

17 Talladega Small“This feels so good! To see all the hard work this pit crew, the road crew and everyone at the shop have put into this program and now score a win is amazing. We have been running competitive and it all came together at Talladega. This is the shot in the arm we need to continue to run up front and win races! I’m really happy for Ricky and everyone in our organization.”

Thanks to Mike and congratulations to him, the entire pit crew and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing. Head Pit Coach Scott Bowen and his staff have a ton of momentum on their side, it will be fun to watch them ride this wave!

Joe Piette

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