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Team 39 Crew

Matt Borland

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Shop Duties: Crew Chief Pit Stop Duties: Crew Chief Date of Birth: 09/02/71 Place of Birth: Big Rapids, MI Hometown: Haslett, MI Current Residence: Cornelius, NC Spouse: Stacy Children: Samantha and Alexandra

BIOGRAPHY

  • Earned engineering degree from General Motors in 1994
  • Joined SHR (formerly Haas-CNC) in 2007 as its director of competition
  • Earned first Sprint Cup win as crew chief in 2002 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Guided Ryan Newman to the 2002 All-Star Race win and Rookie of the Year honors
  • Prior to joining SHR, briefly worked at Michael Waltrip Racing with former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett

Lawrence Burch

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Shop Duties: Car Chief Pit Stop Duties: Car Chief Date of Birth: 01/06/78 Place of Birth: Alton, IL Hometown: Alton, IL Current Residence: Mooresville, NC Spouse: Single Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Began racing career in 1998 as a member of Panther Racing (IndyCar)
  • Moved from IndyCar to NASCAR in 2006 when he joined Penske Racing as a tire specialist
  • Joined SHR (formerly Haas-CNC) in 2007
  • Has held a variety of positions such as lead engineer and test team member
  • Built his first engine (for a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle) at age 8

Daniel Knost

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Shop Duties: Race Engineer Pit Stop Duties: Race Engineer Date of Birth: 12/21/78 Place of Birth: Charlotte, NC Hometown: Charlotte, NC Current Residence: Charlotte, NC Spouse: Nicole Children: Expecting, July 2013

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR in 2008 after earning a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech
  • Duties include compiling weekly track simulations, tire data analysis and designing test plan
  • Ran the team’s seven-post shaker rig and assisted with at-track computer support for the 2008–11 seasons
  • Decided on a career in racing while in graduate school after extensive training in mechanical engineering

Billy Kuebler

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Shop Duties: Race Engineer Pit Stop Duties: Race Engineer Date of Birth: 08/11/84 Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, MI Hometown: Saline, MI Current Residence: Concord, NC Spouse: Jasmine Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR (formerly Haas-CNC Racing) in 2007
  • Spent first two seasons as an interior mechanic traveling with the Nos. 66 and 70 teams
  • Served as the support and data acquisition engineer for the No. 14 team from 2009–11
  • Moved to the No. 39 team as race engineer last season at Martinsville Speedway
  • Charged with preparing and organizing information for upcoming events
 

Jeff Shoaf

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Shop Duties: Paint and Body Pit Stop Duties: Front Tire Carrier Date of Birth: 09/23/81 Place of Birth: Salisbury, NC Hometown: Salisbury, NC Current Residence: Salisbury, NC Spouse: Gwynne Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined the No. 39 pit crew at SHR in 2012 and was paired with former teammate Scott Brzozowski as the front tire team
  • Works full time in the paint shop at JR Motorsports, also serving as the front tire carrier for the team’s No. 88 Nationwide Series car
  • Has worked at JR Motorsports since 2008
  • Before joining JR Motorsports, worked at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in the paint department

Jason Jarrett

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Shop Duties: N/A Pit Stop Duties: Spotter Date of Birth: 10/14/75 Place of Birth: Hickory, NC Hometown: Newton, NC Current Residence: Hickory, NC Spouse: Christina Children: Ford

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR this season
  • Worked as a spotter for Robert Yates Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing
  • Former driver who made 114 ARCA starts, 40 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and two NASCAR Sprint Cup starts
  • Son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Dale Jarrett

Jonathan Sherman

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Shop Duties: Mechanic Pit Stop Duties: Rear Tire Changer Date of Birth: 06/19/78 Place of Birth: Monroe, LA Hometown: Monroe, LA Current Residence: Terrell, NC Spouse: Ashley Children: Caroline and Jackson

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR in 2001 and worked his first race as the No. 39 car’s rear tire changer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Spent 10 seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing, serving as a tire changer
  • Spent the 2000 season as a tire changer and mechanic at Herzog Racing
  • Began NASCAR career as a rear tire changer and mechanic for GTS Racing in 1998

James Houk

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Shop Duties: Fabricator Pit Stop Duties: Rear Tire Carrier Date of Birth: 09/27/84 Place of Birth: Springfield, MO Hometown: Fair Play, MO Current Residence: Mooresville, NC Spouse: Jennifer Children: Avery

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR at the end of 2008
  • Worked at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as a fabricator and rear tire carrier on the No. 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry
  • Got his start in racing after attending the 5 Off 5 On pit training school in Mooresville, N.C. in 2003
  • Began working as a front tire carrier in 2003

Wes Herlocker

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Shop Duties: N/A Pit Stop Duties: Jackman Date of Birth: 10/03/81 Place of Birth: Concord, NC Hometown: Albemarle, NC Current Residence: Locust, NC Spouse: Summer Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR this season
  • Served as jackman on race day for various teams in the Sprint Cup Series since 2010, including Hendrick Motorsports
  • Attended East Carolina University from 2000–03, where he played wide receiver, defensive back and punter on the football team
  • Transferred to Appalachian State University, where he competed in powerlifting
  • Won the USA Powerlifting Junior National Championship in 2005

Robert Smith

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Shop Duties: Mechanic Pit Stop Duties: Gas Man Date of Birth: 08/02/83 Place of Birth: Janesville, WI Hometown: Whitewater, WI Current Residence: Huntersville, NC Spouse: Jessica Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR at the end of the 2012 season as a mechanic and over-the-wall crew member for the No. 39 Chevy
  • Came to SHR from Roush-Fenway Racing, where he was employed from 2003–12
  • Got his start in racing as a youngster when he helped various Late Model teams at local short tracks in Wisconsin
  • Earned his associate degree in engineering from Milwaukee Area Technical College

Eric Monaco

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Shop Duties: Engineer/Interior Specialist Pit Stop Duties: Windshield/Driver Support Date of Birth: 10/20/86 Place of Birth: Winchester, MA Hometown: Georgetown, MA Current Residence: Kannapolis, NC Spouse: Single Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR in 2012 as a data engineer
  • Prior to joining SHR, worked at Kevin Harvick, Inc. as a quality control engineer for two seasons
  • Achieved his lifelong dream of working in racing when he landed his first job at Key Motorsports with the No. 40 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2007
  • Graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering

Jeff Tucker

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Shop Duties: Tire Specialist Pit Stop Duties: Tire Specialist/Right Front Tire Catcher Date of Birth: 05/18/68 Place of Birth: High Point, NC Hometown: High Point, NC Current Residence: Thomasville, NC Spouse: Christy Children: Josh, Samantha and Kelli

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR (formerly known as Haas-CNC Racing) in 2003 during the team's first season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • Spent 10 seasons at Labonte Racing with its Nationwide Series entries with Terry and Justin Labonte
  • Spent 13 seasons with Swaim Racing's Nationwide Series Effort
  • Started his NASCAR career in 1980 with Swaim Racing and driver Mike Wallace as a tire specialist and a gas man
   

Jimmy Watts

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Shop Duties: N/A Pit Stop Duties: Second Gas Man Date of Birth: 10/13/71 Place of Birth: Charlotte, NC Hometown: Charlotte, NC Current Residence: Harrisburg, NC Spouse: Jori Children: Mitchell, Adam and Trey

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR this season
  • Spent four seasons at JTG-Daugherty Racing as the gas man for the No. 47 Sprint Cup car
  • Served as a weekend warrior as the gas man on the teams at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2008), Michael Waltrip Racing (2007), Wood Brother Racing (2005–06) and MB2 Racing (1999–2004).
  • Works full time for the Charlotte Fire Department

Matthew Holzbaur

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Shop Duties: N/A Pit Stop Duties: Backup Tire Carrier/Pit Support Date of Birth: 03/15/79 Place of Birth: New Egypt, NJ Hometown: New Egypt, NJ Current Residence: Troutman, NC Spouse: Elisa Children: Ethan

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR in 2013 as a backup tire carrier for SHR’s three teams
  • Came to SHR from Michael Waltrip Racing, where he worked as a backup tire carrier during the 2012 season
  • Worked as a front tire carrier for Germain Racing’s Sprint Cup team in 2011
  • Got his first job in racing in 2008 as a member of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s developmental team working as a front tire carrier for the ARCA Racing program of Cunningham Motorsports
 

Dillon Silverman

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Shop Duties: Quality Control Engineer Pit Stop Duties: Pit Support/Place Left-Front Tire on Pit Wall Date of Birth: 05/04/92 Place of Birth: Chico, CA Hometown: Chico, CA Current Residence: Charlotte, NC Spouse: Single Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR in 2012
  • Started racing at age 9
  • Ran Outlaw Karts for eight years and has also driven Midget cars and Sprint cars
  • Served as a research and development driver for General Motors with Ecotech, which is how he became connected with SHR
 

Jereme Jackson

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Shop Duties: Engine Tuner Pit Stop Duties: Sign Board/Grill Date of Birth: 04/16/82 Place of Birth: Gastonia, NC Hometown: Lincolnton, NC Current Residence: Huntersville, NC Spouse: Single Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • An employee of Hendrick Motorsports’ engine department assigned to the No. 39 team via SHR’s technical alliance with Hendrick
  • Began racing career in 2006 at Hendrick Motorsports working in the engine department in teardown
  • Served as engine tuner for the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Nationwide Series entry for the 2011 and 2012 seasons
 

Jimmy Rowlands

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Shop Duties: Shock Specialist Pit Stop Duties: Shock Specialist Date of Birth: 02/03/83 Place of Birth: Reading, PA Hometown: Reading, PA Current Residence: Mooresville, NC Spouse: Single Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR this season
  • Worked at BK Racing for the 2012 season as the shock specialist for the No. 93 Sprint Cup entry
  • Spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Yates Racing as a shock specialist for the No. 28 Sprint Cup Series entry
  • First job was with Penske Racing Shocks at age 17

Richie Bean

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Shop Duties: Underneath Mechanic Pit Stop Duties: Pit Support (Front Hose Puller) Date of Birth: 08/03/76 Place of Birth: Berlin, VT Hometown: Bradford, VT Current Residence: Concord, NC Spouse: Cindy Children: Dylan

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR (formerly Haas-CNC Racing) in 2007
  • Traveled as part of the road crew as a mechanic for the first time in 2012 during Danica Patrick’s partial Sprint Cup schedule and the final four events with Ryan Newman and the No. 39 Chevy team
  • Began NASCAR career as a fabricator at Robert Yates Racing in 2006
  • Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2006, lived in Vermont working and racing his own Late Models and Dirt Modified in the New England area

Rick Hodges

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Shop Duties: Transporter Driver Pit Stop Duties: Transporter Driver Date of Birth: 07/18/55 Place of Birth: Durham, NC Hometown: Raliegh, NC Current Residence: Mooresville, NC Spouse: Londa Children: Reid, Jason, Steven and Elizabeth

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR in 2009
  • Spent six years at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., serving as the primary truck driver for the No. 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team
  • Worked at Evernham Motorsports as the truck driver with the No. 19 Sprint Cup team
  • 2001 marked his first year in NASCAR, after spending 18 years in the concrete business working as a salesperson and handling quality control

Jeffrey Kuhn

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Shop Duties: Paint Shop Pit Stop Duties: Fuel Runner/Catch Front Tire Date of Birth: 10/08/74 Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY Hometown: Blasdell, NY Current Residence: Mooresville, NC Spouse: Single Children: None

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR (formerly Haas-CNC Racing) in 2007
  • Began working in the paint shop as a painter, and also decaled the racecars
  • Spent the 2009 season as a gas runner for the No. 70 Sprint Cup car
  • Returned to the road during the 2012 season as a fuel runner and tire catcher for the No. 14 team

Stephen Mitchell

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Shop Duties: Backup Transporter Driver Pit Stop Duties: Backup Transporter Driver Date of Birth: 07/19/69 Place of Birth: Woodville, OH Hometown: Woodville, OH Current Residence: Thomasville, NC Spouse: Kara Children: Gracie and Cooper

BIOGRAPHY

  • Joined SHR this season
  • Worked at Roush Fenway Racing from 2009–12
  • Served as backup truck driver and mechanic for Roush Fenway’s No. 99 Sprint Cup entry
  • Spent 12 seasons with Petty Enterprises as a transporter driver for a variety of drivers
  • Began working for Nott Motorsports in 1990, his first job in racing
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