Drew Blickensderfer

Drew Blickensderfer

Drew Blickensderfer, better known as “Blick” is currently the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief with the Roush Fenway Racing with driver, David Ragan driving the #6 UPS “We love Logistics” Ford Fusion.  Drew started life in Mount Zion, Illinois where his interest in racing grew through his going to the races with his father, Jack and brother, Matt although at first his interest was not in the mechanical side of the sport, only that he liked to go fast in the cars.  In time Drew bought a modified car to race but not knowing anything about the mechanics he called on his uncle Rick and grandfather, Bob, who were both mechanics and they both helped out as pit crew much as they could.  Nevertheless, Drew didn’t learn much, leaving that side of the sports to his helpful relatives. Eventually, after finishing his degree in kinesiology and sports management from Millikin University Drew realised that he didn’t want to be a race car driver, he wanted to be a crew chief and not just any crew chief, it was to be a NASCAR crew chief.  He left his home town and moved to North Carolina with only one month’s rent paid on a tiny apartment and $300 in his pocket in search of his dream.  “From Day One I wanted to be on top of the box,” said Drew, referring to the crew chief’s birdseye spot on top of the team’s tool chest. “I had no other desire. Just about everyone that works on these cars thinks they can drive one, but I have always wanted to be on this side of it.” He managed to get a job as a greens keeper at a country club and spent the next several months persistently cold-calling race teams offering his services to do anything until finally he landed a job in the NASCAR race world.  Not quite the dream job – Bobby Hollin wanted someone who could do lots of different things from doing accounting, building shocks and changing tires on the pit crew. Obviously, Drew jumped at the chance and it was good because Bobby also allowed Drew to learn other things about the sport which Drew used to his advantage, soaking up as much knowledge as he could.

When Bobby ran out of money Drew was offered a job at Ultra Motorsports  as a shock builder and tire changer for the Truck Series team of driver, Ted Musgrave and he was allowed to help in the pit with Ultra’s Cup car.  Working hard and learning fast Drew was eventually noticed by Dale Earnhardt Inc who hired him as one of their pit crew, working as a mechanic on their #1 car. In 2003 Drew went to Roush Racing as a crew member, working on the #50 car in the Busch Series before moving across to work on Mark Martin’s #6 car.  Eventually, in 2003 Drew became the crew chief of the #17 Busch Series car and the team had three victories during their time together.  Between 2006 and 2010 Drew gained an amazing twelve victories, forty four Top 5 and sixty Top 10 finishes.

In 2008 Drew truly realised his ambition when he took over the crew chief duties in the Sprint Cup for the #17 car, driven by Matt Kenseth.  His first victory as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief came on the 15th of February, 2009 in the Daytona 500 and he followed this with his second win at California Speedway a week later, back to back wins which made him the fifth crew chief to have two wins at the beginning of the season.  He began the 2010 season as Matt’s crew chief for the Daytona 500 only to be moved across to Roush Fenway’s research and development team after the race and spent most of the season as crew chief for Carl Edward with the Nationwide Series #60 team until in September he moved across to be the crew chief for the #6 UPS Ford Fusion team. In 2011, working with David Ragan the pair almost won the Daytona 500 but they did win the 2011 coke Zero 400, making his third victory as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief.  To date Drew has secured three victories, eleven Top 5 and twenty two Top 10 finishes as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief.   In September 2011 Drew was awarded his third MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the #6 car posted its third consecutive top 11 finish in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  He had a dream, he followed that dream and now he is living that dream!

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Blickensderfer

http://www.topix.com/forum/nascar/david-ragan/TV255RG1KEMEKMK6C

http://www.racing.ups.com/racing-team/

http://www.racing-reference.info/crewchiefs/Drew_Blickensderfer

http://www.herald-review.com/sports/article_388a8c0e-1b4e-526b-a516-46eb91196070.htmlv

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