There’s much more to competing in a NASCAR race than the car and its driver. There is an entire crew of experts behind each car doing lightning-fast maintenance and replacing parts to ensure both speed and safety. Nick Covey and Rowdy Harrell are two important crew members on the No. 88 team, and we were lucky enough to chat with them. Learn more about them and the work they do for Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 88 team.
For more NASCAR pit crew extras, check out our interview with front tire changer Scott Brzozowksi and gas man Jacob Conley.
Name: Nick Covey
What I do: “I run around the car and the pull tires; I lift the car off the ground.”
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Length of time on No. 88 team: 5 years
Previous job: Played football
Favorite race memory: Becoming a starter on the pit crew
Favorite track: Dover International Speedway or Las Vegas (I like to gamble!)
Sports played in high school/college: Played football at Nebraska
When I’m away from the track, my hobbies are: Spending time with my wife and kids, watching my kid’s play baseball
Most unique item a fan has asked you to autograph: A lugnut
Favorite superhero: Deadpool
Favorite movie: 8 Mile
Last music listened to: Rage Against the Machine
Secret talent: Can do a backflip
If I could only take three things with me to a deserted island, they’d be: My wife, kids and water
Name: Rowdy Harrell
Position: Rear-tire changer
What I do: “I put new tires on the rear of the car and adjust the spring bolts.”
Hometown: Moundville, AL
Length of time on team: 2 years as a starter
Previous job: Played football at University of Alabama
Toughest part about your job: “Staying focused on my task when there are so many things going on around me.”
Favorite race memory: Winning at my home track – Talladega – with my family in the pits.
Sports played in high school/college: Baseball and football
When I’m away from the track, my hobbies are: Golf, going to the lake, Go Karts
Most unique item a fan has asked you to autograph: Their skin
Favorite superhero: The Hulk
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
Last song listened to: “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore
Secret talent: I can sing!
If I could only take three things with me to a deserted island, they’d be: Food, water and my girlfriend
Want more NASCAR? Learn more about the jobs of NASCAR pit crew members in Pit Crew 101.