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Justin Stambaugh
Mechanic


Richard Childress Racing
Welcome, NC

Category:  Mechanic
 
High School:  Francis Scott Key High School
Union Bridge, MD
 
College:  NASCAR Technical Institute
Mooresville, NC

I work in the shop during the week, but on weekends I'm one of seven people on a nationwide pit crew on the NASCAR circuit.

What's a typical day like in your job?
I work in the shop during the week, but on weekends I'm one of seven people on a nationwide pit crew on the NASCAR circuit.

During the week in the shop we rebuild the fleet of cars pretty much from the ground up for the next weekend's race. WE change the engine, service the suspension, fix any damage to the chassis and do any welding or fabrication that's necessary.

Why is your job important?
Pit sops are a critical part of the race. My performance is important to the team.

What kind of training and education did you need to get this job?
Most of my training was hands-on. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I worked in my dad's auto mechanic shop. I started welding when I was 12 or 13. In high school I studied mechanics at the vocational-technical center. I was always drag racing. After graduation, I headed for North Carolina ad found a job building small race cars, which I continued to do while I was going to the NASCAR Technical Institute.

What advice do you have for young people who are considering this career?
Ninety-nine percent of NASCAR teams are in the Charlotte, NC area. Move down there if you can get started with a minor-league team. It's good experience because the teams are small, so each person has more responsibility.

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