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The 12-Second Team (Part 2)

In yesterday's article, we introduced the No. 48 Lowe's Racing pit crew coaches, jackman, and gas man. Today, we are sharing the bios of our tire changers and carriers. These four work in pairs, with one changer and carrier team for the front tires, and one changer and carrier team for the rears.

Altogether, the six over-the-wall crew members and two coaches make up the best pit crew in NASCAR, as they proved by winning the 2012 Pit Crew Challenge! Again, be sure to follow us on Twitter @lowesracing where we’ll be posting pit crew-related content all week.

RJ Barnette

Front Tire Carrier

  • Twitter: @rjbarnette
  • Hometown: Pinson, AL
  • Years with Team 48: 3
  • Married/Kids: Single
  • What did you do prior to being on the pit crew? Attended Samford University.
  • Any jobs outside of the pit crew? No
  • Most memorable moment with Team 48: Getting Hendrick Motorsports’ 200th win at Darlington
  • Favorite Workout: The one where you sweat a lot
  • Favorite Song on Your iPod? Changes every day but it’s always country
  • Hobbies: Hiking, golfing, fishing, anything on the lake
  • Last Home Improvement Project: Just bought a house so let the projects begin!

Dave Collins

Front Tire Changer

  • Twitter: @davecollins48
  • Hometown: Riverside, CA
  • Years with Team 48: 1
  • Married/Kids: Married with two kids
  • What did you do prior to being on the pit crew? Chassis fabricator
  • Any jobs outside of the pit crew? No
  • Most memorable moment with Team 48: Darlington, HMS win #200
  • Favorite Workout: Swimming
  • Favorite Song on Your iPod? “Story of My Life” by Social Distortion
  • Hobbies: Hunting
  • Last Home Improvement Project: Put a new shower in my bathroom

Calvin Teague

Rear Tire Changer

  • Twitter: @calvinteague
  • Hometown: Taylorsville, NC
  • Years with Team 48: 3
  • Married/Kids: Married (Amanda)
  • What did you do prior to being on the pit crew? I was in college and I also worked in the physical therapy field.
  • Any jobs outside of the pit crew? No
  • Most memorable moment with Team 48: My first win with the team, California 2010
  • Favorite Workout: Anything to stay active. I love being active outdoors.
  • Favorite Song on Your iPod? Don’t really have a favorite song, but anything country.
  • Hobbies: Anything involving sports. I love hunting, riding four wheelers, hanging out with my friends and family.
  • Last Home Improvement Project: I have a small dog and it’s hard for him to jump on the bed, so I built him his own set of small stairs for the bed.

Matt Tyrrell

Rear Tire Carrier

  • Twitter: @MaTTyrrell
  • Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Years with Team 48: 2
  • Married/Kids: Single
  • What did you do prior to being on the pit crew? College and a brief stint as a personal trainer
  • Any jobs outside of the pit crew? “Anyone have any openings?”
  • Most memorable moment with Team 48: AllStar week 2012 – winning the Pit Crew Challenge that helped lead to the AllStar win
  • Favorite Workout: Anything Jordan puts together for me
  • Favorite Song on Your iPod? Can’t go wrong with anything Eric Church
  • Hobbies: Hiking, hunting, fishing, triathlon training, avid sports nut
  • Last Home Improvement Project: Turned my bonus room into a sports bar/man cave

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