A Tribute to the Hardest Working Pit Crew in NASCAR
Betcha you weren't thinking about the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 33 Nationwide Team.
I'm a huge fan of Kevin Harvick Inc., love what Kevin and Delana Harvick bring to NASCAR both on and off the track.
So I've put together my first slide slow to honor the team and what they have achieve so far in 2009.
After all they have won races, in not only the Nationwide Series at Bristol, but also in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville.
I'm betting if Happy let his Cup crew have the weekend off then let Ernie and boys pit him in Cup they'd get him back in victory lane.
Happy celebrating in Victory Lane with his pit crew after winning the Scott's Turf Builder 300.
Heading to the track
Happy heading out to the track for Camping World 300 practice.
Happy and Ernie talking in the garage
Happy and Ernie going over the No. 33 set-up at Daytona in the garage area.
Here's the crew standing in there pit stall at Fontana, posing for a picture while taking a breather.
Pushing the No. 33 out of the garage area
Taken at Fontana. Ernie and the crew pushing the No. 33 Rheem car out of the garage area.
Happy, Rick Carelli, and Ernie
Happy talking with Rick Carelli, KHI's team manager and Ernie.
Great pit stop photo
One of my favorite photos of the No. 33 pit crew doing what they do best.
Another Fontana pit stop at dusk
The No. 33 pit crew hard at work as dusk settles in on the Stater Bros. 300 at Fontana.
Pre-race at Vegas
Great picture of the entire No. 33 team standing on pit road during the invocation at Vegas.
Vegas pit stop
Here's a shot of the 33 pit crew hard at work servicing the No. 33 at Vegas for the Sam's Town 300.
Vegas pit stop No. 2
A great green flag pit stop pic from the Sam's Town 300 at Vegas.
Fixing a damaged No. 33
Great photo of the No. 33 crew working on a damaged car in the garage at Vegas.
Even a good boss isn't afraid to get dirty
A great shot of Happy helping to push the No. 33 toward the bull ring.
Heading to Victory Lane
The pit crew pushing the No. 33 car to Victory Lane at Bristol.
Team No. 33 wins
A great Victory Lane photo of the No. 33 team celebrating a hard earned win at Bristol and been along time coming. They've been close for a bunch of races, but it was awesome to see them seal the deal.
The Harvicks and Ernie in Victory Lane
The Harvicks with crew chief Ernie Cope, with the hardware they won at Bristol. I love the addition of Ernie to KHI in 2008, like that he was moved to the No. 33 Nationwide car this year. I'm thinking they have their man to run the pits if Happy is ready to go Cup racing.
Yup that's his Nationwide crew at Atlanta
Here's a photo of the No. 33 Nationwide pit crew moonlighting in the Camping World Truck Series as they serve Happy's No. 2 at Atlanta. They were a truck length away from winning as Happy finished second.
Stewart and Cope talking strategy
Stewart and Ernie in the garage at Texas talking strategy and checking with him that he can run Happy's setup for the race.
The crew pushing the car to the garage
Cool photo of the No. 33 crew pushing the car away from the hauler over to their garage spot at Texas.
Martinsville truck race
Great pit stop pic, of the Nationwide crew pitting Happy's No. 2 at Martinsville.
Victory Lane celebration
Happy celebrating with his No. 33 Nationwide team in Victory Lane at Martinsville after winning the rain delayed Kroger 250.
Another Victory Lane photo
Martinsville has the coolest Victory Lane in NASCAR. It's right on the track, here's a awesome Victory Lane photo, and yup the KHI 33 teams won in two series in 2009 now. I know they aren't the first to do it, but it's been a while since a team has done it and it's awesome that KHI did it.
Kelly Bires and Ernie talking it over
Kelly Bires and Ernie, talking it over prior to practice in the garage at Nashville. It was very cool of Happy to step out of the driver seat and give Bires an opportunity to get his foot back into a ride. He's a great kid, that got caught by changes with his JTG Daughterty Racing and the economy and running a limited schedule this year.
Nashville pit stop
Another final shot of the No. 33 team doing what they do best. Servicing the No. 33 with Bires driving at Nashville and were he brought it home fourth.
Happy salutes the No. 33 pit crew at Bristol
Hope you enjoyed my tribute to hardest working pit crew in NASCAR, the KHI No. 33 Nationwide team.
All photos are either are from sports.yahoo.com, from Alicia Deal and Brian Graham.