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NASCAR Illustrated - Crew Cuts: Marcos Ambrose's pit crew

August 04, 2014, NASCAR Illustrated,

NASCAR Illustrated - Crew Cuts: Marcos Ambrose's pit crew
Get to know the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports over-the-wall gang

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Editor's note: Photo by Elmer Kappell

This month, we catch up with Marcos Ambrose's over-the-wall crew.

From left to right:

1) Kyle Power (Age N/A) Height: 5-10 • Weight: 205
*Rear tire changer/suspension*
From Lyme, New Hampshire, skied competitively in school. "I raced against Bode Miller all the way up into college."

Enjoys boating. "It's a good way to get away from the noise and the chaos."
Dog owner "My wife and I have two little dogs -- Yorkshire terriers. Their personalities are awesome."
Following progress of former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, who was injured in a skiing accident in December of 2013. "It's pretty terrible when you think of a guy who put his life on the line in a race car and got injured skiing."

2) Donnie Marvel (Age 31) Height: 6-0 • Weight: 188
*Rear tire carrier/mechanic*
From Union Beach, New Jersey, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. "I haven't been back since the storm, but my father's house flooded and a lot of my friends lost their houses. Where I grew up is pretty much leveled."
Gun collector. "It's an expensive hobby." Favorite gun: "Smith & Wesson 500. It's the most powerful handgun in the world. You can use it for big-game hunting."
Enjoys traveling. "I'd like to go to Australia, Africa or Thailand -- somewhere crazy."
When time permits, races dirt late model. "It's a blast."

3) Ryan Dextraze (Age 30) Height: 6-6 • Weight: 235
From Wichita Falls, Texas, "I was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, but we moved when I was 2. My dad was in the Air Force. There's an Air Force base in Wichita Falls."
Attended Hirschi High School, played forward on basketball team -- district champs in 2000. "My main focus in high school was basketball."
Raced mini stocks at Red River Raceway. "Racing pulled my heart in another direction."
Joins Marcos Ambrose on fishing excursions while on the road. "Every Saturday, if we can, Ambrose gets a route figured out on a river or a lake."

4) Kevin Wing (Age 37) Height: 6-3 • Weight: 270
From Groton, New York. "The only thing there was a Smith Corona typewriter plant." Plant opened in 1909 and was razed in 1985.
Played football at Alfred State and studied drafting. "I got a two-year degree and moved to Charlotte because my dad worked at Hendrick Motorsports (paint/body)."
Avid bow-hunter. "I hunt deer and turkey."
Uses Hoyt AlphaMax. "It will shoot an arrow 290 feet per second (roughly 198 mph)."
Father of two. "I have a 3-year-old named Pierce and a 1-month-old named Chase. Two boys, I'm sure they'll break a lot of stuff."

5) Aaron Powell (Age 30) Height: 6-3 • Weight: 220
*Front tire changer/interiors*
Attended high school in hometown of Merrillville, Indiana, and built a truck in shop class. "I still have it. It's the body of a Ranger on a Bronco chassis with a 416 cubic-inch engine."
Potawatomi Native Americans originally lived in Merrillville region. Potawatomi means "keepers of the fire." "I'm actually Cherokee."
Played golf, wrestling, football and track in high school. Did two years of track at Indiana State Univ. "I broke my big toe and that pretty much ended pole vaulting for me." Studied pre-med.
Likes fishing, Twitter handle is @AaronBigBassGuy.

6) Joel Coronel  (Age 36) Height: 5-7 • Weight: 185
*Front tire carrier/mechanic*
From Chehalis, Washington. "I miss it a lot. I didn't appreciate the beauty when I lived there but I do now."
Chehalis region hit hard by flood in 2007. "My aunt's house got 9 feet of water."
The name "Coronel" is Spanish. "My family is from Mexico. My father and uncle have a Brahman bull ranch in northern Mexico."
Former bull-rider. "I started competing in American Junior Rodeo Association events when I was 14 and was on our high school rodeo team. I got hurt and got into NASCAR."